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Viber: Free International Calling and Text

Updated on August 17, 2013
Viber App Icon
Viber App Icon | Source

As most of you know, cell phone companies charge for everything. The costs can be quite high if you are traveling outside your country. I know we just took a trip to the UK and paid AT&T $30 for 30 minutes of call time and $10 for 50 texts.

Normally, those minutes are far below our usage, but we paid attention and didn’t go over. These fees were per month with a minimum 30 days, so even though we were only gone 7 days, we had to pay for the whole month. At the time, it seemed to be money well spent.

Now, we have found a better way to make international calls and to text for free. It is a free and simple app for iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones called Viber. You can also go online and download it to your PC and Mac.

I wish we had known about Viber before we traveled abroad.

iPhone and iPad App Store Icon
iPhone and iPad App Store Icon | Source
Viber Search Results
Viber Search Results | Source

How to Get Viber

  • Go to your app icon on your phone or iPad.
  • Tap “search”
  • Type in “viber” – several different versions of the search will appear
  • Just choose “viber”
  • The application will open so you can scroll through and see what it does.
  • It will say "Free" next to the app - tap it
  • “Install” will appear, and you will need to tap it.
  • Once you do, you will be asked for your iTunes password on iPhone or iPad.
  • After you have installed it, you need to set it up.

Viber Description Display
Viber Description Display | Source
Sample Viber Contact
Sample Viber Contact | Source

How to Set Up Viber

When I downloaded Viber, I did not realize you had to set it up. I felt really stupid. Of course, today, it seems like technology is so advanced that I assumed once downloaded that it automatically worked. A call from my son, who is overseas, to his dad, who set up Viber correctly, clued me in on what needed to be done.

  • Go to your new Viber app and open it.
  • You will need to fill in your smartphone number, which becomes your Viber identity.
  • A screen should pop up for you to get an access code. If it does not, there is an option to tap so Viber calls you with your access number.
  • Enter your access number
  • When prompted, allow notifications and grant permission for it to check your phone and/or Facebook contacts for Viber users. Viber has a strict privacy policy.

Wi-Fi is a MUST
Wi-Fi is a MUST | Source

If you do not see the Wi-Fi symbol on your phone or iPad, you may be charged for texts and calls. Be sure you are on Wi-Fi when using Viber.

How Viber Works

When you want to text or call someone, you have to open the Viber app, tap on a contact (the contact must be using Viber, too), then choose to text or call. You must have a Wi-Fi connection, or you could be charged for data and calling usage.

As I stated, Viber is for free international calling and texting but for some reason when you click on your Viber contact, in the middle of the screen it has “Text Message” and “Favorites,” which immediately drew my eye. Ignore the white rectangle with “Text Message” in it. Go to the top and tap on one of the purple rectangles that gives you the choice between “Free Call” and “Free Text.” Voila! You are either talking or texting for free from one country to another.

Add a photo or video to your text
Add a photo or video to your text | Source
Add a cool graphic
Add a cool graphic | Source
Add an appropriate emoticon
Add an appropriate emoticon | Source

Viber Text Functions

Many of us like to share photos, videos, and emoticons. Once you have chosen a Viper contact to text, tap the “+” sign next to your text box. Underneath on the screen, a picture will pop up to add a picture or video – very much like sharing on regular text.

If you swipe to the left, some cool graphic messages are displayed that you can use in your text.

If you swipe to the right, there is a selection of emoticons you can insert into your text.

When you look at the text history, it will show when your contact was last on Viber.

A Tip for Viber Users

Before calling your Viber friend, send a text. If you call while the other Viber user is not using WiFi, overage charges may be the result for the person you are calling.

Viber Incoming Call and Text Sounds

Just like your normal smart phone use, your phone will ring when you are receiving a Viber call. The sound quality of the call is just as clear as your normal calls.

When you receive a text, you will hear a sound notification.

Just as your phone shows that you have a text or a call, your Viber icon also shows when you have received a message or a call.

Viber Issues

Once, when my son and husband were talking, the call was dropped. When my son tried to call back, it did not ring on my husband’s end. My son then called me, and it came through. I think this is a minor problem when considering that Viber is providing free international calling and text.

Plus, it may not be a Viber problem at all. It could have been the area my son was calling from or our area. I mean, really, how many of us have not had this issue before on our cell phones?

Viber is the Way to Go for Free International Calling and Text

If you have friends and relatives around the world, Viber has made it easy and free to stay in touch. Those of us who are military families are very fortunate to have such a great app while our service member is deployed. Plus, now you don't have to pay those cell phone fees when you are traveling around the globe. It is a win-win for all.

Enjoy visiting with your friends and family, and remember, you must be using Wi-Fi when you call or send a text.

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© 2013 Susan Holland


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    • Zony-Al2014 profile image

      Zony-Al2014 3 years ago

      Hi! Great info especially for a newbie. Have you tried Line app (free calls and messages) for android phones and pcs?

      Thank you!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      JPSOT138, it is a great app!!

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      JPSO138 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I have been using VIBER for quite a time. Most especially that I am always traveling and I need to communicate with my family. It is really a great way to save on cost since I will not be charged on the call.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Donna! I use Skype for video or face-to-face. With Viber, it is nice to be able to send a short text, picture, or video anytime and know the other person will see it. Also, it is free calling. Many military families have soldiers in areas with patchy WiFi and internet, so Skype isn't always as reliable (a short text or call will go through when Skype doesn't always work). I hope this helps. I love using both! :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      How does this compare with Skype? That is usually the app that we use when calling overseas. This could be a good option to try out. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I hope it works out for you! :-)

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      Hassan Shahbaz 4 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

      Will surely try sometime :)

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi MathsMaster! Yes, as far as cell phones go, it is only for smartphones. You can put it on iPads, PC's, and Macs, too. :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Rajan! I had to laugh when I read your comment because my normal cell phone calls do those things at times. When I talked to my son overseas on Viber, he is very clear. I am sure there will be times, though. And you are right, free is great!! :-)

      Thanks for dropping by and voting!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Susan! This may be a silly question, but are you charged extra for calling the US? I love reading about new apps, too! I am hoping this one works out as well as it has started.

      Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

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      Hassan Shahbaz 4 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

      Isn't this app for smart phones only ??

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful software and I find it useful though at times the voice echoes and the sound drops off too. Still for free phone2phone calls this is a great software to have.

      Voted up and useful, Susan.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Always like reading about new apps that are available. I'd never heard of Viber before but will keep it in mind should I need it in the future. Great review!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      You are welcome!! I hope it is useful! :-)

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I had never heard of this app before. What a great option! Thanks for the detailed overview.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Kashmir! You can download it on your PC or Mac, too. I also think most smartphones have this app available. :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great and useful information, but like Bill i to do not own a iPhone.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Pamela! I bet they Skype (video conversation). We do that too, but it is nice to be able to send a text or just call for free. We have several people in the military, so this is great for us.

      Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Bob!! LOL I am sorry you and technology are having issues, but I absolutely get it!! I do love my iPhone. I think any smartphone can download this app. Sounds like you probably don't have a smartphone, though. You could download it to your PC or Mac.

      We went on a Scotland tour and had the most incredible time. Now you would have known that if you were on Facebook. LOL

      Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I think this is great news for international travelors. I am going to tell my son about this is he travels frequently. I believe they have found some way to connect via the computer, but the iPhone app would be so handy and the price is right! Thanks for the informtation. Great hub.

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Anything except Skype for non-I-phone users? To us oldsters, operating an I-phone is like carrying a laptop around. I am beginning to really hate all this technology and wish the whole lot would go up in smoke, especially Facebook, and I tweet? Do I f--k!

      Interesting article from the hands-on perspective.

      Should have told me you were in the UK


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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Bill! It is good to feel inspired to write again. You can also use Viber on your PC or Mac, too. :-) Go to

      My summer has been great but extremely busy. Whew!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Susan, we don't have iphones, so not much I can do with this information, but I can see how popular it would be. Good job and it's nice to have you writing again. I hope you are having a great summer.