Viber Media Inc. today launched beta versions of its mobile platform for free HD-quality phone calls, text and photo messages, for BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 devices. The application enables people to find Viber users among their contacts, and call or send messages to them for free via mobile or wireless Internet.
Viber says that the decision to launch Windows Phone and BlackBerry versions of its device was because of demand by Viber users on Facebook and Twitter. It added that it will launch the full Windows Phone and BlackBerry versions when the beta versions meet quality and service standards. The new versions can be downloaded from Viber's website. The application is already available for iPhones and Android devices.
Viber is one of the most popular free calls and messaging applications alongside its competitors Skype, Tango, and Whatsapp. In February, it announced that it passed the 50 million user threshold. These users make more than one billion minutes of calls and send one billion text messages a month. It claims that 200,000 new users join every month, and that Viber is accessible in 193 countries, including the US, UK, Japan, South Korea, and Spain.
Viber CEO Talmon Marco said, "We are delighted to add BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 to our growing list of interoperable platforms, providing a universal messaging experience for millions of new Viber users."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on May 8, 2012
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