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    Skype

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call...

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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 Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

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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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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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...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet ... iPad Chrome Android Wear

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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....

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    Tox

    Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... BSD

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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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android BSD

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    Signal

    TextSecure and RedPhone have been merged to create Signal! Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Chrome

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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...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Blackberry iPad

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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...

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

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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...

    Open Source Mac

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    LINE

    LINE is a Japanese proprietary application for instant messaging on smartphones and PCs. Line users exchange text messages, graphics...

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

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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...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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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...

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Miranda IM

    Miranda IM is the smaller, faster, easier instant messenger with support for multiple protocols. Designed from the ground-up to be...

    Open Source Windows

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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...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android ... iPhone Java Mobile S60 Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

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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...

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    Digsby Discontinued

    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...

    Open Source Windows

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    Franz

    Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    WeChat

    WeChat is the complete mobile communication and private social networking app. Free, cross-platform, and full-featured, WeChat is the...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone S60 Blackberry ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

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    appear.in

    Video conversations with up to 8 people in your browser - no downloads, no login. Just name your channel and you are on. Works in all...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Apple Messages

    Love iMessage on your iPhone? You'll love it on your Mac, too. Messages lets you send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac, iOS...

    Free Mac iPhone iPad Apple Watch

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    Psi

    Psi is an instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open Jabber IM network (also known...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Wire

    Wire is a secure, private and open source messenger for phones, tablets and desktop. Crystal clear voice and video calls, private...

    Open Source Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS ... Android Tablet iPad

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    Riot.im

    Riot (formerly Vector) is an opensource interoperable app running on Web, iOS and Android. It is built around chat rooms, both public...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad Self-Hosted Chrome ... Safari Firefox

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    Kik

    Get Kik Messenger for free and enjoy unlimited texting to all Kik users worldwide, no matter what type of smartphone they're into....

    Free Android iPhone S60 Windows Phone Kindle Fire

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    Nimbuzz

    Nimbuzz offers limited availablility free calls and limited availability free text messaging for users via 3G and WiFi. Calls to other...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Java Mobile ... S60 HP webOS Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Chrome Kindle Fire

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    Conversations

    Conversations is a privacy focused, open source XMPP Texting [Jabber] client for Android 4.0+ smart phones with wife-approved easy...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet Self-Hosted

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    Path

    Path is a personal social network designed to help you be closer with family and friends. Now with Path 3, we’ve added private...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ... Kindle Fire

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    Psi+

    Psi+ is a development branch of Psi IM XMPP/Jabber client. Psi is a cross-platform powerful XMPP/Jabber client (Qt, C++) designed...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Gajim

    The goal of Gajim is to provide a full featured and easy to use Jabber client. Gajim works nicely with GNOME, but does not require it...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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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....

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

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    Bit Chat

    Technitium Bit Chat is a secure, peer-to-peer (p2p), open source instant messenger designed to provide end-to-end encryption. It can...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    YakYak

    What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    BlackBerry Messenger

    BlackBerry Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for Blackberry, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. BBM has unique features to...

    Freemium Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ... Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire

Yahoo! Messenger Comments

I only use this when I have to. I normally use Pidgin for ...

Comment by trekeyus
about Yahoo! Messenger Jun 2011

I only use this when I have to. I normally use Pidgin for all my IM unless I really need to use the yahoo web cam ect as some friends just don't get that there are better alternatives that are not this bloated ad disgusting.

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ekiga looked good, but Lately I have been using Qnext it ha ...

Comment by Aaron
about Yahoo! Messenger Jun 2011

ekiga looked good, but Lately I have been using Qnext it has music streaming and desktop sharing. it is a Java based program so it runs on all the OSs.

http://cybernetnews.com/free-im-messenger/
http://www.qnext.com/

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The client is not nearly as fully featured on Linux as on W ...

Comment by computermacgyver
about Yahoo! Messenger Jun 2011

The client is not nearly as fully featured on Linux as on Windows. Last I used it, sending SMS and calling phones was not available for Linux. Try Ekiga (open-source), Skype (free, commercial), or Pidgin (open-source, IM client)

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I used this a lot on windows, and would play the built in g ...

Comment by Aaron
about Yahoo! Messenger Jun 2011

I used this a lot on windows, and would play the built in games it had with friends of mine, but since I am on Ubuntu I use Kopete more.

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