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Viber Brings FREE VoIP Calls and Texts to Android, Beta Test it Now

Viber, a free VoIP calling and texting app from iOS has made its way to Android and needs you to beta test it immediately.  The service has been tested on over 20 different devices, so there is a pretty good chance that it will work on yours, plus the Andy version has some exclusive features.  You can set Viber as your default dialer and as you’ve seen on other texting apps, receive pop-ups every time a text arrives.  Calls are free as long as they are made to other Viber users and that includes your random weird friends with an iPhone.

Sign up for the beta here.

  • http://www.viber.com Viber

    Hi all,

    In order to activate your Viber-for-Android beta, you’ll need to go through the following process:

    * Register for the beta (if you haven’t done so already) – viber.com/android.
    * Wait for an invite email
    * Register your email/phone online
    * Get the Viber Android app and install
    * Activate with the number you registered.

    If you get the APK without following this procedure, you will NOT be able to activate.

    We invite 1500 users each day. currently 40,000 people on the wait list.

    Thank you,
    Viber Media.

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  • http://www.viber.com Viber

    Hi everyone,
    We (Viber) are just as excited as you are for our new beta.
    We’re thankful for your feedbacks, and hoping you are finding it useful!

    A few messages and clarifications:

    1. Although I’m following this thread, we would like to ask you to post all your technical issues and suggestions in our official Android webpage: http://blog.viber.com/viber-beta-support

    2. For those who are not receiving the code or getting the error message saying they need to subscribe: the only way for you to successfully install our beta is to have subscribed, and wait for our official invitation email. Otherwise your email and number won’t have been activated, thus you’re blocked (we didn’t want our .APK to simply be open to EVERYONE in the world). Please wait patiently. It might take up to a week, but you should eventually receive the email and use it freely.

    3. If you haven’t subscribed in the official way yet, you can still do it here and wait for our email: http://eepurl.com/bW1Ln

    For other info or questions, I’m here!

    Best regards,
    Viber.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/plattrob Rob Platt

    wonderful. a dozen different IM apps, a dozen different voip apps. this doesnt even include video calling? lol… why? why???? hard enough to get everyone on the same carrier, let alone using the same apps to do their bypass-carrier-limits-by-using-“unlimited”-data….

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

    People still make phone calls?

    • Randyball 1

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Randyball 1

      My thoughts exactly.

  • http://profiles.google.com/truemobius Jeremiah Bengtson

    Not to sound too uhh 12 but they should probably rename this to something that does not sounds like a personal pleasure device.

  • Anonymous

    still needs the beta to be activated , but you can always have it installed while you wait :)

  • Cabanillas
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    • JT

      Bam! Just like that? Nice work.

      • Anonymous

        still needs the beta to be activated , but you can always have it installed while you wait :)

        • JT

          Ah. Thanks for the clarification. I’ll just wait for the beta before installing.

    • JT

      Bam! Just like that? Nice work.

  • Anonymous

    Epic conversation on that screen shot…unrealistic but epic.

  • Anonymous

    Epic conversation on that screen shot…unrealistic but epic.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “Calls are free as long as they are made to other Viber users”

    what are the chances of that?

    • YourMomsLooseTwaht

      Just like Skype, duh.

  • http://www.mydigitalwhiteboard.wordpress.com anim

    How is this different than Skype 3G? (Been using Skype over 3G since the recent Skype update)

  • http://profiles.google.com/kevhilton kevhilton

    Does this work on the Xoom?? FIRST

  • JT

    First 500 spots for beta have been filled. Boooo! (might open more, though).

    • Anonymous

      I believe the plan is to open more each day.

      • JT

        Oh, I signed up anyway. We shall see if they deliver. One thing I tried recently was vtok which taps into your google voice and promises video chat (with varying results) for some 2.1 and 2.2 android phones. Worth a spin.

        • Anonymous

          I signed up for Google Voice yesterday, but I didn’t realize it’s mostly for just routing calls to different phones, I thought it was also a free VoiP service. Although after reading around a bit I’ve heard since they bought Gizmo5(?) that VoiP will be the next step for Google Voice, I hope it’s true. Also, I spent about an hour searching for the best number in my area code and settle on a pretty good one. Maybe one day we could just pay for a MiFi plan and carry it around everywhere with a phone connected to it over Wi-Fi and make free VoiP calls and texts over LTE. I mean I already have unlimited calls and texts but the plan could potentially be way cheaper (if only they offered unlimited data for the MiFi Hotspots). Also you’d have to pay full price to upgrade phones, but still.

          • JT

            With some effort, you can link a sip account to your Google voice for some pretty descent wi-fi calling (I use sipdroid/pbxes for google voice wi-fi calls). 3G, not as exceptional. But if the carriers can switch out their internals for voip, so should we. As mentioned, Vtok (beta) worked for a few calls I placed to other Google talk/video chat people, but it was large and my phone wasn’t officially supported. But if you have 20 minutes to set it up, give this a shot: http://guardianproject.info/2010/05/26/how-to-setup-a-private-mobile-phone-system-for-android-and-beyond/

      • JT

        Oh, I signed up anyway. We shall see if they deliver. One thing I tried recently was vtok which taps into your google voice and promises video chat (with varying results) for some 2.1 and 2.2 android phones. Worth a spin.