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    Telegram is a messaging app created by former VK creators with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful.
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    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, premium accounts and subscriptions.


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    Matrix defines a set of open APIs for decentralised communication, suitable for securely publishing, persisting and subscribing to data over a global open federation of servers with no single point of control.
  1. 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 protocols that support it.
  2. WhatsApp is an iPhone and Android messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.
  3. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement
  4. Ferdi is a desktop app that helps you organize how you use your favourite apps by combining them into one application. It is based on .

    Warning

    Ferdi developers have decided to hide the issue tracker behind a paywall (you need to be a $9/month sponsor to see it), which is not really a good sign for an open source project. They first said it was because the issue tracker might leak private data, but they later admitted on Twitter that it was just a lie… More information here https://www.reddit.com/r/getferdi/comments/s511gn/what_happened_to_github_issues_for_ferdi/ and here https://getferdi.com/faq/why-the-issue-tracker-was-disabled/

  5. Conversations is a privacy focused, open source XMPP Texting [Jabber] client for Android 4.0+ smart phones with wife-approved easy encryption [OTR, OMEMO, or GPG].
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    Local file sharing in your browser. Inspired by Apple's Airdrop.
  6. 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.
  7. A non-censored social platform where users are incentivized to contribute and curate content. The users decide what is valuable by voting, and content regarded valuable is rewarded with money.
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    QKSMS brings a refreshingly beautiful and responsive Material Design touch to the stale state of text messaging.
  8. 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 as text messages on your phone.
  9. 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.
  10. Messages is Google's communications app for Android to helps send and receive SMS and MMS messages. You can also send group texts as well as your favorite pictures, videos and even audio messages to your contacts.