Viber announces Viber Out, promising lower cost worldwide calling than Skype

Viber, the popular VOIP calling service, has announced Viber Out, promising worldwide low-cost calling to any regular phone number. Skype already offers a similar service – funnily enough called Skype Out – but Viber's key differentiator is its pricing. More to the point, the promise of seriously undercutting Skype, with credit for calls obtained by way of an in-app purchase. Take a look at the chart below for a few examples.

Generally speaking, Viber is promising massive price differences to Skype, and it will be hoping that this will be enough to start converting those Skype die-hards over to its way of doing things. It promises HD audio calls, and has apps for the iPhone and Mac as well as just about every other mobile platform your can think of. So you can talk to pretty much everyone, everywhere, and now Viber is seriously trying to shake up the VOIP world.

So, does any of this tempt you away from Skype, or are you too invested in it to go anywhere right now? Sound off in the comments below!

via Android Central

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cedpme says:

I compared the costs of Viber Out vs. Google Voice and GV is still cheaper; well, at least the rates I use when calling my folks in Ecuador. I'm always looking to find the best quality, cheapest service and none can beat GV. I welcome suggestions, if any.

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Richard Devine says:

Biggest problem with Google Voice: No-one outside the U.S. can use it. For those folks (there's a lot of them!) Viber looks competitive

cedpme says:

That may be the case. I went there [Ecuador] on September of this year and was able to use my GV number, while in Wi-Fi range, to make and receive phone calls and text messages with no problem. Granted I had my GV number prior to traveling, but still, I was able to use it outside my good ol' U.S.

asuperstarr says:

This is great option. I've never heard of this app, but it appears to be a good choice. Thanks for the review!

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JordanHomes says:

Have been using Viber for some time now. Have a lot of friends overseas using Viber... and using it in its native form: Viber to Viber (iPhone / Android app) which is free. The quality is generally good, but when I find someone with an iPhone, I typically prefer the voice quality of FaceTime Voice over a Viber to Viber call. When calling a land line or a non Viber user, I typically switch to using Skype. The ability for Viber to make land line calls is new, but suspect the quality to be similar Skype. Since I already use Viber for Viber for calls, it will replace my usage of Skype for land line calls just on the ease of use / one app simplicity scale. This is a welcome addition!

JordanHomes says:

Oh... and forgot to mention... our #1 usage of Viber is for text / picture messaging to friends overseas. Works VERY well, and similar to iMessage in that you can see when delivery is made. I prefer this over iMessage because iMessage can time out and switch to txt messaging where you loose control of delivery. With Viber, the message parks... so you can tell if the user is on-line or not. This works well when you are trying to communicate with an overseas traveler using WiFi hotspots for communication.

pamaf says:

From USA to Italy Skype is still cheaper on both landlines and mobiles..Too bad because Viber is probably more convenient and usually the quality is OK. GV is definitely the cheapest but I'm not very happy with the quality.

Etienne Barshi says:

both skype and viber are way too expensive, try using calltariff.com or voipratetracker.com to find better rates. both are at the very bottom at the list....

gustavdahl says:

That is all very fine but as far as I can see Viber can only be used as an app on your phone? I have decided to save money by not having an expensive subscription for an iphone ! Can you use Viber without a mobile phone?