Top 10 free Android chat apps better than SMS

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Check out the list of 10 free Android chat apps and why they are better than traditional SMS text messaging
Free chat apps are rising in popularity and not without a reason. Available for free these chat apps encompass the best elements of both texting and social networking making sharing of photos, videos, music, free voice calls and more seamless and hassle 'free'.  If you still find yourself SMS text messaging, dig through the below mentioned top 10 free Android apps which make for a way cooler substitute for the traditional text messaging.
  • 1. Fring 2014
This  multi-award winning mobile application brings you the highest quality of calls and group calls (voice and video) on mobile using the DVQ technology. The app provides support for  multiple connection options (3G, WiFi, GPRS, Edge) and offers group calling with 4 friends at the same time, free calls, messaging and video calls to other fring users worldwide, free calls to mobiles and landlines with fringOut. The best part is that to register you can simply use your phone number for registration instead of a username and password.
Download Fring from Google Play
  • 2. WhatsApp Messenger 2014
The popular messaging app needs no introduction. According to Neilsen India Consumer Rankings, What'sapp became the most engaging app in 2012. Available for Android and other smartphones, the app uses 3G or WiFi to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages. The free service (for the first year) even allows group conversations with your contacts and allows you to send WhatsApp messages internationally for no additional price.
Download WhatsApp Messenger from Google Play
  • 3. Tango 2014
Winner of the Best Communication App and Best Texting App award in 2013, Tango is a all-in-one social networking app that brings highest quality video and phone calls, texts, photo and video sharing, games and more for free. It's easy to use and does not require login & password, you can personalize your calls and messages with fun animations to express yourself, send cards to your loved ones, edit your photos with filters, text and more before you send them to friends and much more. Using Tango all your video and audio calls are free and don’t use your minutes and calls and messages send internationally are also free.
Download Tango from Google Play
  • 4. GroupMe 2014
As the name suggest, this app comes quite handy to chat with a group of friends. Whether you're talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person, GroupMe makes it easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere. Now get together with family or coordinate with co-workers, or just gossip - A definite addition to your smartphone.
Download GroupMe from Google Play
  • 5. Viber 2014
Another interesting mobile app for sending chats, text and videos for free to over 175 million users is viber. The ad free app is simple to use and brings free calls with HD sound quality, text and photo messaging
and more.

Download Viber from Google Play
  • 6. KakaoTalk 2014
Now make group calls in high-quality sound and schedule appointments in your chat room using this popular app. Apart from enjoying fREE messages and enjoy unlimited HD calls, you can also create your own group chat, schedule appointments, lunches, gatherings (w/ reminders), get creative using animated emoticons and custom themes and share multimedia content with ease.
Download KakaoTalk from Google Play
  • 7. Line 2014
Another app with unlimited call and message Line allows you to make voice calls and send  messages for free whenever and wherever you are. Boasting of 150 million users worldwide line can also be used to send email using its message function with colorful icons, photos and even location information. It is also available for PCs and smart-tablets.
Download Line from Google Play
  • 8. Nimbuzz Messenger 2014
Chat with your buddies on Facebook, Gtalk, Yahoo Messenger 24x7 for free via Nimbuzz. Combining the power of internet and smart phone messenger into one, and lets you make cheap international voice calls, send unlimited chat messages, share files on any mobile device across popular messengers. Nimbuzz Messenger is available on Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, Java, Windows and Mac.
Download Nimbuzz Messenger from Google Play
  • 9. Facebook Messenger 2014
For the Facebook aficionados, this is a perfect app. Now instantly reach friends on their smart phones, feature phones or desktop computers using the Facebook Messenger app. To use the app simply click on the icon and then tap a chat head to reply, drag them around or flick them down to close. You can also get your SMS and Facebook messages together.
Download Facebook Messenger from Google Play
  • 10. Imo messenger 2014
A great app for those looking for multi-protocol IM. Imo messenger comes handy specially if you have friends using variety of different IM services and you don't want to switch between different individual apps.
The app again brings free high-quality voice calls, group messaging and photo sharing, Voice IMs that turn your Android into a walkie-talkie along with support for Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Jabber, Hyves, VKontakte and Steam

Download Imo messenger from Google Play

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