After long waited, now we can free calls and messages with Viber for Android phone. Previously, we already post an article about Viber for Android but need invitation to get it. For now, we can download Viber for Android for free. The app requires Android 2.0 and up. It already installed on My Xperia X10 Android phone with Android 2.1 Éclair. If the Viber for Android minimum requirement is Android 2.0, the app will applicable also once Xperia X10 gets the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
At the first attempt, Viber for Android reminds me about Whatsapp messenger. Viber needs granted permission access for our address book before sending activation code through the text messaging to the number that submitted to them. But all of this is free. And the interesting is, Viber provides deactivation feature. It is a different feature compare to Whatsapp messenger app.
Just to remind me and you, Viber is previously an iPhone application that lets us make free phone calls and send free text messages to other users that have Viber installed. And now, Viber available for free for Android phone. That’s mean, we are as Android user can continue to communicate with iPhone Viber user. With Viber, we can make phone calls to any other Viber user for free, and the sound quality is much better than a regular call. You can call any Viber user, anywhere in the world, for free and now also text them. All Viber features are 100% FREE and do not require any additional “in application” purchase.
- Absolutely Free and without Ads
Viber and all Viber features are absolutely free and do not require any additional “in application” purchase. Once you and your friends install the free Viber application, you can use it to talk and also text as much as you want. Just makes sure all your friends get Viber! All you need is an Internet connection: 3G or WiFi where available. On top of that, Viber doesn’t contain any annoying ads.
- Free International Charges
It doesn’t matter where you or your friends are, be it on the same network or in a totally different country. You can talk for as much as you want, for free. Just make sure your friends have Viber too.
- Use the phone number as ID
No username, password, and/or registration. As I mention above, just type your number on the field activation to receive the activation code. You know your friend’s phone number, so why bother with yet another username and password? Viber uses your phone number as your ID and lets you make free Viber phone calls to any of your friends that have Viber – using their phone number.
- No Buddies to add
The app just needs to access our address book to add the contact. Unlike applications like Skype, Window Live Messenger or Fring where you need to “add buddies” and have them approve you, Viber behaves just like a phone. Just like you don’t need to “add” someone in order to call them; you don’t need to add your friends in order to call them on Viber. If you know their phone number, then you know their Viber number, and you’re ready to go!
- Don’t kill your Viber
Let Viber always ON in your Android phone. Ensure you select the app if you use Advanced Task Killer or similar app. This is important to ensure you always get incoming calls/messages notifications, we strongly recommend you to keep Viber running in the background. This doesn’t drain your battery or use up memory and improves your Viber experience.
- More features added
More features coming. Viber still in hard at work bringing many more features to your Viber phone. More ringtones (and custom ones), wallpapers, location based services and more are all coming soon to Viber!
However Viber for Android needs some changes or updates to give the user more comfortable when use the app. We just notice if the Viber contact section won’t update with new contact even pressed the refresh button. I confuse when I want to exit from the app because no exit button. What I must to do is deactivate my Viber account to exit from Viber. Hopefully, some minor bugs will fixed on next update or version. But overall, I like the app and think to replace Whatsapp messenger app with Viber.
Viber for Android is free available to download from download link or mirror link below. Once again, the download link contains apk file of Viber for Android, what do you need to do is install manually the apk file with APK installer. Have fun and enjoy the Viber for Android to make free phone calls and send free text messages.