Viber Releases Paid-For VoIP Calling Service
Published on: 10th Dec 2013
OTT app Viber has launched an updated app that includes the full launch of its VoIP calling service that allows users to make low cost calls to any mobile or landline phone number.
Viber had previously enabled the "Viber Out" facility for users in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to help users contact friends and loved ones.
To provide free calls from the Philippines, Viber partnered with telcos across the world and also partnered with local operator, Globe Telecom to allow users overseas to call the Philippines for free.
Now with the official worldwide launch, Viber Out enables all Viber users to call anyone worldwide at low rates on Android, iPhone and Desktop, coming to Windows Phone in the future.
Viber Out credit can be bought with an in-app purchase from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, or with a credit card via Viber Desktop.
"Viber Out gives our millions of users a new way to use Viber and ensures that they can reach any contact at any time," said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. "We will continue to improve Viber Out, keeping our users connected at the most affordable rates possible."
Unlike some competing services, Viber Out displays your real phone number to the recipient so he or she knows who is calling. Viber Out's Desktop app also syncs with the mobile app address book.
Viber Out joins the Viber Sticker Market as the app's second paid feature. As part of this release, Viber added new stickers and will continue to add more content.