If you’re fed up with Standard Messaging Service (SMS) then you’re probably looking for an alternative that’s instant and secure, and of course reasonably priced as well. If you are looking for the alternatives then today we bring you the top 5 Messenger apps for Android. All you need to do is download any one of the apps given below, and make sure your friends have the same app too. You’re good to go and you can say “Ciao” to SMS.

Check out the list below and let us know if you have something better to add.

5 – Nimbuzz

Nimbuzz for Android

Nimbuzz is one of the most popular messenger apps and has been around since the dawn of Symbian OS. The best thing about Nimbuzz is that in addition to a standard messenger, it also lets you add your other IM accounts – all  in one place so you can find chat rooms. (No! chat rooms aren’t obsolete)

4 – WhatsApp

Whatsapp for Android

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Ever wondered what all the fuss is about with Blackberry users and BBM? Well, if you did then you’ll be glad to know that WhatsApp is the perfect alternative for BBM on a non-BB device. You can use your phone number as your WhatsApp ID, and start chatting with your loved ones just like they do on BBM.

3 – Skype

Skype for Android

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You already know about Skype, right? Well, if you don’t then you probably haven’t been on the internet for long. Skype is the best Video chat platform. It also provides traditional text based chats, but the video chat quality is top notch. Skype also lets you call landlines and mobile phone numbers across the world for a small fee.

2 – Viber

Viber for Android

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Viber is another up and comer in the messenger world. It offers great text based chat solutions and also voice chat as well. The voice quality on Viber is the best you’ll find on Android. Developers are also working on an update that will bring Video chat to Viber making it a direct rival to Skype and other Video chat clients.

1 – ChatON

ChatON for Android

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WhatsApp is not the only BBM killer out there! Samsung has dished out their own answer to the service, called ChatON. ChatON is developed by Samsung itself, first as an exclusive to only Samsung devices, but now available across all popular platforms from Android to Symbian. ChatON offers the same quality of messaging as BBM and isn’t so hard on your data usage either. You can share photos and small files as well.

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Which one is your favorite?