Overall Satisfaction with Viber
I am a professional freelance photographer and I use Viber for two main purposes: 1) for communication when I am traveling out of the US, and 2) to communicate with my clients when we are in different countries. I travel often for work and when I do, Viber is a necessary means of communication via talk and text.
- With Viber, I can easily places free calls over wifi to talk with clients who also use Viber and are either in another country, or, when I am outside of the US. As a wedding photographer, I travel a great deal, so this is important.
- Viber call quality is excellent and has improved greatly over the years. I no longer need to worry about calls dropping or low clarity.
- It is not necessary to be "registered" in Viber with a username or password; you simply use it with your phone number.
- Viber supports group messages, which I don't typically use with clients, but I love to use it with family and friends.
- As far as I can tell, Viber lacks the feature to block specific callers/numbers. I've never needed to do this, but I'd like to know I have the option.
- Viber cannot be used without wifi, so it is not possible to connect with contacts who aren't also using Viber. (Unless you want to use the paid service.)
- This isn't a major complaint, but I find the layout of Viber to be a little cluttered. Comparing it to WhatsApp, I don't find it to be quite as user-friendly, and I sometimes stumble around to find my way to a contact to call.
- Viber saves me financially since I am now able to communicate with my international clients for free.
- Viber helps keep my clients engaged by the fact that I can so easily share photos, which is important as a freelance photographer.
- Viber allows me to make my messages to clients appealing in a visual way, which I have noticed helps drive actions of my clients, such as remembering to book their next session or pay for their photo order.
I have compared Viber to Skype in the past, and there are two main differences I see. First, with Skype, you are not limited to calling only other Skype users (this limitation exists with Viber). Second, Skype's call quality almost always wins, which I believe is thanks to Skype using HD voice. However, I believe Viber is the clear winner in mobility. Skype seems more intended for use on the computer, whereas Viber is dedicated to my phone.
Viber is a perfect means of communication if you are within wifi and want to call, video call, or text someone outside the country (or if you are outside the country yourself), for free. As someone with international clients, friends, and family, I use this feature daily. However, the person you are calling/texting must also be a Viber user. If you are wanting to call a landline, you'll need to use Viber's paid service, or look for an alternative option.