You don’t need a prophet to tell you that messaging is already, and will be, a big part of our future – that’s why there are countless messaging apps out there all hoping to be the one we use every day. Still, there are only a few that stand out from the rest and offer genuinely unique and important features for our everyday communication needs.
Here are four of such apps that are worth trying out and light on your data bundles:
You will find most of the messaging features you’re already familiar with (as it supports sending large-sized videos, photos and other files) on Telegram, but what makes it stand out is its noticeably simple interface. You can engage in “secret” chats that can only be assessed on the device they are sent from. These kinds of messages can also be set to self-destruct. Telegram is available for free on iOS, Android, and Window Mobile.
Like most of the messaging apps you will come across, it’s great for group chats and voice calls but its hidden strength is the involvement of “chat bots” that allow you interact with third-party sites and apps without leaving the Messenger app. Almost any service that is worth its weight has a Messenger bot, and once you add them to your contact list you can ping them with inquiries or requests (e.g. “order a car in 7 minutes”). The app now supports video calls, has end-to-end encryption and could manage your text messages. Facebook Messenger is free and available on iOS and Android.
WhatsApp’s proudest feature is its end-to-end message encryption – keeping hackers and the government from spying on your conversations. It was acquired by Facebook in 2014 so it may start adding some Facebook Messenger-type features in the not-too-distant future. The app now supports GIF images, voice calling, a PC version, witj video calling in the works. WhatsApp is free and available on iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile.