• Skype icon

    Skype

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit...

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    • They offer the same thing, but Hangouts offers better service Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Telegram

    Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful. .

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear PortableApps.com FreeBSD

    • Telegram is only text messenger. Hangouts includes voice and video calls. VaLeXaR12Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Pidgin icon

    Pidgin

    Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for...

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  • WhatsApp Messenger icon

    WhatsApp Messenger

    WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those...

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone S60 ... Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone Blackberry 10 Android Wear Kindle Fire

  • Jitsi icon

    Jitsi

    Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full end-to-end encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR...

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  • Facebook Messenger icon

    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more. Top Features: • Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet ... iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

  • Trillian icon

    Trillian

    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them! We think conversation should be easily shared between all of your devices, not trapped...

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  • Linphone icon

    Linphone

    Linphone is an internet phone or Voice Over IP phone (VoIP). With Linphone you can communicate freely with people over the internet, with voice, video, and text instant messaging. Linphone makes use of the SIP protocol, an open...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android ... iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Xfce

  • LINE icon

    LINE

    LINE is a Japanese proprietary application for instant messaging on smartphones and PCs. Line users exchange text messages, graphics, video and audio media, make free VoIP calls, and hold free audio or video conferences.

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

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    Ring

    Ring is a secure and distributed voice, video and chat communication platform that requires no centralized server and leaves the power of privacy in the hands of the user.

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  • Franz icon

    Franz

    Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat and many more. You can download Franz for Mac...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    Digsby

    Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list. Its also a social networking tool that alerts you of events like new...

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    • Discontinued The application is not developed actively anymore. The source code has been made open for the community to take over but that didn't make any impact: https://github.com/ifwe/digsby | https://web.archive.org/web/20121205002331/http://blog.digsby.com/archives/1969/
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    Ekiga

    Ekiga (formely known as GnomeMeeting) is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the H.323 and SIP protocols. It supports many audio and video codecs, and is interoperable with other SIP...

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    Rambox

    Free, Open Source and Cross Platform messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    • Warning The installer contains a trojan and possibly other malware according to Baidu, Quihoo-360, and Windows Defender: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/16f58286c4760fd44896d3dd7a39276a769d301d3193083a130b7a6cd2e03a8d/analysis/1482115813/ | https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/a32e5006f0e227d88a8c8446c0e288bdc4c2a1fb4e9af5ea24a1819131a21ca5/analysis/1482115816/
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    YakYak

    What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete conversation * Notifications * Toggle notifications on/off * Drag-drop, copy-paste or...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Bleep icon

    Bleep

    Private instant messaging via secure, distributed technology. Download & Go Enjoy the benefits of having an account without the hassle of creating one. Simply download the app, invite your friends and start chatting. ...

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    KakaoTalk

    KakaoTalk is a phone number based messenger service that allows users anywhere in the world to chat one-to-one or in a group for free. (no SMS service) Message arrivals are instantly notified with Push Alert and you can send...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Blackberry Windows Phone ... Android Wear Kindle Fire

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    Tencent QQ

    Tencent QQ, generally referred to as QQ, is the most popular free instant messaging computer program in Mainland China, and has over 856.2 million users. In April 2010, QQ.com ranked 10th overall in Alexas internet rankings.

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone ... iPad Facebook

  • Tkabber icon

    Tkabber

    Tkabber is a Free and Open Source client for the Jabber instant messaging system. Its writen in Tcl/Tk, and works on many platforms (tested on Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, MacOS X and Windows 98/2000/XP).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Phoner icon

    Phoner

    Softphone for VoIP, CAPI und TAPI. This application enables voice connections to landline, cellular network and VoIP. Phoner can be used as softphone on stationary and mobilecomputer devices attached to anlogue or digital (ISDN)...

    Free Windows

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    Ayttm

    Ayttm is an instant messaging (aka chat) client that provides all-in-one chat functionality for several major instant messaging services from one simple program. Ayttm "Contacts" allow you to refer to several accounts of the...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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  • MetroIRC icon

    MetroIRC

    An IRC client for the Windows desktop which follows the Metro design guidelines.

    Open Source Windows

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  • mySMS icon

    mySMS

    mysms Messenger is a completely free messaging service that supports texting on your smartphone, computer and tablet. mysms works cross-platform and is always free of charge. Stay connected with your friends and family no matter where...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS Windows RT ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Chrome

  • Kiax icon

    Kiax

    Small program mainly aimed to provide a simple user interface for making VoIP calls with Asterisk PBX (an open source VoIP PBX).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Talkonaut icon

    Talkonaut

    Talkonaut is a free Jabber (XMPP) client for your iPhone or iPod with free peer-to-peer voice calling over Jingle Audio extension compatible with GoogleTalk™. Talkonaut can be used with any standard Jabber account like Gmail, Gizmo5™...

    Free Windows Android iPhone S60 iPad