It is now more than 10 years since Skype began its operations as a free voice and video calling application for desktops.
Skype has enjoyed dominant periods for the past decade as a top provider of VoIP services and no provider has been close to competing with this app like Viber is. As it stands, Viber is the closest rival Skype is experiencing in the VoIP business. The dominance Skype has been experiencing as a monopoly is just about to crumble as Viber is now the talk of the town.
This is not an understatement; but honestly, Viber has the potential to punch above the strength Skype has in the market.
Quality of Voice and Video Calls
Viber is the primary competitor of Skype as of today when it comes to offering VoIP services. While Viber has been advertising for what it offers – free voice calling – Skype is the best in what it does, with respect to fineness and superiority of images during video calls.
Viber entered the market as a free voice calling app. Later on, it introduced the free messaging and later followed it with free video calling. The fineness and superior nature of videos and images offered by Skype is probably what made Viber opt to compete with Skype on the count of voice calling, since the aspect of video calling on Skype is already established.
The best thing for Viber is that it had nothing to lose when it entered the VoIP market. It was very easy to disappear even before someone could notice them and at the same time make minimum losses. On the other hand, Skype has a lot to lose as it is the one to lose its users and possible future users to Viber.
Ease of Use
Talking matters related to ease of use; both Skype and Viber are a stand out. Nevertheless, Skype is still a better option in this case as it has a better and very simple user interface that is more minimalistic as opposed to Viber, which kind of looks a bit compact and crowded, yet it is not.
One area where Viber beats Skype is the registration process and log in details. Whereas Viber only requires your mobile phone number as registration details, Skype will ask for a username as well as a password in order to log in. This might be some kind of a headache especially when you forget either your username or password.
The Technological Aspects
In this line, Skype might just be the real deal. Look at it this way; while Skype is backed by a global giant tech in the name of Microsoft, Viber was recently acquired by a Japanese tech giant known as Rakuten. The boost Skype gets from Microsoft largely affects its goodwill; however, this is something that Viber obviously lacks.
The acquisition of Skype by Microsoft hugely increased the number of Skype users to include those who previously used Microsoft accounts. The technological background and experts behind Microsoft are expected to extend their expertise to Skype and what more can we expect from Skype?
The financial muscle behind Skype is far much greater than what Viber enjoys and when it comes to getting the best services, Skype has the upper hand. Despite receiving backing from Japanese company Rakuten, Viber’s financial muscle and technology is nothing close to what Skype has.
Data consumption is one area Viber has stayed on top, with respect to economy of use. As much as Skype offers better quality in videos and images, it uses up a large amount of data as opposed to what Viber uses.
Some have argued that this aspect has had compromises with the quality of both audio and video on Viber, data usage is one area that has really favored Viber. If you are thinking quality of videos and not the amount of data consumed, Skype is your way to go.
Even though Viber seems to be ready to take the fight with Skype right to the end, with the recent introduction of their PC version and ViberOut feature, it is not expected that the number of Skype users will fall drastically in the near future.