• 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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    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. .

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    • Tox have audio & video support, while Telegram is only for text messages. Guest • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    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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    Hangouts

    Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and more, and even start free video and voice calls – one to one or with a group! "Hangouts" are places used to facilitate group video chat (with...

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    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...

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    Mumble

    Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming.

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    Discord

    All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.

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    • very good customer support, GUI and very little CPU effect while running other applications Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Signal

    TextSecure and RedPhone have been merged to create Signal! Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all your friends at once, and share media or...

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    • Currently is intended mainly for mobile devices. WestFlameDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    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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    Viber

    Viber is a mobile application that lets you make free phone calls and send text messages to anyone who also has the application installed. .

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    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...

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    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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    RetroShare

    RetroShare is a open source cross-platform, private and secure decentralized communication system. It lets you to securely chat, share photos, videos, and more, using OpenPGP to authenticate peers and OpenSSL to encrypt all...

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    Wire

    Wire is a secure and private messenger for phones, tablets and desktop. Crystal clear voice and video calls, private group chats, file sharing, audio and video messages - everything is end-to-end encrypted. Wire works on Android, iOS...

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    Adium

    Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS Xs Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team. Based on the libpurple protocol library, Adium can connect you...

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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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    • Its more decentralized than Tox is, and that is a great thing that it has over it. The only issue is that this is alpha software. Guest • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Empathy

    Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application. ...

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    ICQ

    ICQ is one of the oldest instant messengers. First developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, sold to AOL, sold again and currenly owned by the Russian "mail.ru" group (known for one of the largest social networks). ICQ has...

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    Imo

    Message and video chat with your friends and family for free. Features - Make high-quality video and voice calls on Android and iPhone - Send unlimited messages and make free video and voice calls over your 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi...

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    ChatSecure

    [ChatSecure by Chris Ballinger and Gibberbot by The Guardian Project have combined efforts!] ChatSecure (formerly “Gibberbot”) is an open-source encrypted messaging application that uses Cypherpunks' Off-the-Record protocol to...

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    FaceTime

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    Bitmessage is a P2P communications protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate...

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    Off-the-Record Messaging

    Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging allows you to have private conversations over any instant messaging (MSN,Gtalk, Facebook and so on) by providing encryption, authentication, deniability, perfect forward secrecy

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    • Just a mechanism for encryption, and as such part of or plugin for other chat tools (for instance, Pidgin and Adium). Guest • Dec 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Yahoo! Messenger

    Stay in touch with your friends and family while sharing favorite photos using one of the most popular instant messaging applications.

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    Xabber

    Open source Jabber (XMPP) client with multi-account support, clean and simple interface. Being both free (as in freedom!) and ad-free, Xabber is designed to be the best Jabber client for Android .

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    Threema

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    Conversations

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    IM+

    Chat everywhere! IM+ is the most widely used mobile IM app! Connect all-in-one to MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, Jabber, ICQ, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter on ALL popular mobile platforms. The widest selection of unique features...

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    Kik

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    ooVoo

    Free high quality video chat and video conferencing from ooVoo. Talk live face-to-face with up to 6 people at once.

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    Torchat

    TorChat is a peer to peer instant messenger with a completely decentralized design, built on top of Tor's location hidden services, giving you extremely strong anonymity while being very easy to use without the need to install or...

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Last commit in 2014: https://github.com/prof7bit/TorChat
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    Jitsi Meet

    Jitsi Meet is an OpenSource (MIT) WebRTC JavaScript application that uses Jitsi Videobridge to provide high quality, scalable video conferences.

    Open Source Web / Cloud

    • Fully functioning, free, open-source, end-to-end encrypted, browser-based (install nothing) Skype-alternative. Stable video and sound, screen share, password protection for rooms and a few other handy features. Highly recommended. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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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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Tox Comments

Its OK

Comment by cycroenerugi
about Tox Jun 2016

Installation is hard with qTox -->Linux
uTox is ok

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Another program that supports Tox is already in the website

Comment by vectorspin
about Tox Jun 2016

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Additionally, Tox is a protocol. The programs that work with it aren't front-ends. IsoToxin for example has Jabber support and Miranda IM isn't a Tox client but there's a plugin that lets you.

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Looks Promising

Positive Comment by nonobvious
about Tox May 2015

The ideas they mentioned they're trying to implement are quite good :)

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Need a better contact discovery

Positive Comment by hadi
about Tox Mar 2015

Probably with combination of username and/or shorter id/pin like blackberry pin. with that freakin' long id, its hard for it to get mass adoption.

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Still Better than Skype -1 Helpful

Positive Comment by tomgoldman
about Tox Jul 2014

Although its Alpha software, it already works better than Skype

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