With the affordable Nokia X family of devices, there really is little need for you to spend money on SMS and MMS messages ever again.
All Nokia X handsets come with Skype built-in for free chat, voice calls and video messages, but there’s also an array of alternatives to ensure you can stay in touch with all of your contacts freely over Wi-Fi and mobile data*.
One of the world’s most iconic web services, having Skype built into each Nokia X means free instant messaging over Wi-Fi and cellular data. For owners of the Nokia XL, which also boasts a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, that also means free Skype-to-Skype video calls.
Better still, those snapping up a Nokia X handset in select countries can get a free trial of Skype World Unlimited, allowing them to make free calls to landlines in over 60 countries.. Just download the Skype Gift app from the Nokia Store to redeem the offer. For term and conditions visit Nokia.com/nokiax-skype-terms.
For many of use, Facebook’s messaging feature has become the de facto method of private conversation, and now the standalone Messaging app has launched for Nokia X.
Whether you’re using it for chatting, sending photos or sharing your location, Facebook Messenger is straightforward to use, with notifications popping up in Fastlane for easy access.
LINE has a whopping global user base (390m in 283 countries) and offers free voice/video calling and instant messaging.
LINE also boasts additional social experiences by including other family apps such as LINE Camera and LINE Bubble! (Highly popular game). LINE also has a desktop app, meaning you can sync conversations across all of your devices.
Pre-installed on Nokia X devices, Viber is one of the world’s most-used messaging and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) apps. Using your data connection, you can text and make free calls to other Viber contacts anywhere in the world. Call quality is good and it’s easy to use.
Of course, no mobile chat app would be complete without the ability to share photos, videos, stickers, locations and doodles. It’s all built right into the Viber app.
Another pre-loaded Nokia X app WeChat makes free texting, voice messages, and video calls in your pocket. 300 mm people love WeChat because it’s fast, reliable,private and always on.
Regardless of whether your friends and family are using iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone or Nokia X devices, Asha 40, WeChat is compatible throughout.
It also supports group calls and comes with WeChat’s own features such as People Nearby, Shake and Draft Bottle.
BlackBerry’s timeless instant messaging service has finally gone multi-platform and BBM is now available as a pre-installed app for the Nokia X family of devices.
Renowned for its watertight security and privacy, BlackBerry Messenger uses PIN numbers rather than your phone number to ensure you’re only contactable by those you wish to hear from.
BBM for Nokia X will allow for multi-person chats, easy sharing of files, photos, videos, voice notes, emoticons and more. There’s also the option of free voice calls between BBM contacts.
Nimbuzz is a multi-platform communication app which helps you stay connected with your friends. It not only lets you send free text messages but also allows you to make free Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz and affordable international calls to any landline/mobile number in the world.
Nimbuzz connects contacts in your phonebook as well as those on other Social networks such as Facebook and Gtalk. For those looking to make new friends, there are Nimbuzz Chatrooms and Meet a Stranger buddy, which connects strangers on Nimbuzz.
There are plenty more alternatives in the Nokia Store. Which one is your favourite?