Top 4 Cross Platform Mobile Messengers – Alternatives to SMS

Limited text messages damping your ability to communicate? There’s always an alternative! In India where messages are sometimes limited or even other countries which have highly priced contract based plans with limited text messaging, you have to rely on alternatives. Fortunately, no matter what platform you have, there’s bound to be a cross platform mobile messenger app for it. While the big 4 – Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS are almost always covered, some apps mentioned even run on phones on the S40/S60 platform. So here’s the top cross platform mobile messengers available now!

The best alternatives to SMS:


Top cross platform mobile messengers - Hike

An app from India by Bharti SoftBank, Hike is the newest kid on the block, but has managed to rack up a lot of downloads in a very short amount of time. Apart from instant messaging, it also lets you send a limited amount of text messages and has a mobile recharge bonus if you manage to get your friends to use Hike. It’s available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian and is completely free. Hike is a good app overall but users might experience some bugs with uploading files, and the emoticons aren’t that great either.

Kik Messenger

Top cross platform mobile messengers - Kik Messenger

Kik Messenger has been around for quite long and is a unique messenger because it requires an account to sign in, it isn’t tied to your number. It allows for more privacy and has all the usual features such as instant messaging, media sharing, push notifications and such. More unique features such as cards including YouTube and sketch sharing make it different from the competition. Kik Messenger is available for free on¬†Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS and Symbian.


Top cross platform mobile messengers - Viber

Although technically a VoIP app, Viber also includes IM features like every other app on this list, so really, the VoIP capability is just a bonus. It’s a great app that lets you message and call people for free, and the best part is that it supports the largest number of platforms and is even available in 10 languages. You can get it for free on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, Symbian and Bada devices.


Top cross platform mobile messengers - WhatsApp

And finally, there’s the biggest of them all, WhatsApp. It has now become more popular than texting and “WhatsApp me” has now become a commonly used phrase. Available for free on a range of platforms like¬†Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS and Symbian, WhatsApp got into legal trouble a while ago, but is still going strong. Although the BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone versions are somewhat buggy, it’s still a great way to communicate.

Those were our picks for the top cross platform mobile messengers, which can be used as alternatives to SMS. Yes, there are a couple more new apps out there, but they aren’t tried and tested, yet. So let us know if you’ve got something to add to this list!

About Rahul Gondane

Rahul Gondane is a huge technophile and gamer, who has been obsessed with everything tech ever since he was a wee lad. He also enjoys reading books, listening to music and watching movies. Rahul is the Chief Operating Officer of Pyrite Technologies Pvt. Ltd.


  1. Hi Rahul, Great list of Messaging apps bro. Among all the 4 apps WhatsApp is really the best and an awesome messaging application. Thanks for Sharing!!

  2. Murtaza says:

    Any reasons for not including nimbuzz in the list.,?

  3. Hey bro…..u above included that hike is available for symbian…i really searched a lot but i cant find it anywhere….can u give me a link frm where i can download that app….n thanks for sharing

  4. Thanks a lot bro..,

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