5 popular instant messengers, created from the former USSR




A few years ago it was difficult to come up with a messenger who in functionality and usability could compete with Skype. But after purchase service by Microsoft has changed. Messenger much “weight by” began to consume more system resources, has acquired a variety of non-core functions, and the main thing – many users have begun to doubt his privacy and security. Market immediately reacted to these changes and in the last few years, many new messengers, including those who use serious encryption. AIN selected five messengers that were created originally from the former Soviet Union and can replace service from Microsoft.

Founders Viber – Belarussian Igor Magazinnik and Israeli Talmon Marco. Application platforms running Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Symbian, Windows Phone, Bada and computers running Windows, OS X and Linux. Integrated into the address book, and authorizes a phone number. Allows you to make free calls over Wi-Fi and a 3G (payment only Internet traffic) between smartphones with installed Viber, as well as send text messages, pictures, video and audio messages.


Viber originally was only available for mobile devices, but recently there were versions for desktop computers. Therefore, for the registration Viber necessarily indicate your telephone number, which then comes an activation code. Version of Viber for desktops picks a list of contacts from a mobile phone, it is also possible to export contacts from Facebook and Twitter.

Free secure messenger Telegram , which is engaged in the development of the company Digital Fortress LLC, owned by the founder of the Russian social network “VKontakte” Pavel Durov. The developers say that the messages are delivered faster than any other messenger and chat rooms there are no restrictions on the size of the file that is uploaded. Correspondence is guaranteed safety, and the messenger is based on the protocol MTProto, involves the use of various encryption technologies.


Service is aimed at the foreign market and has an English interface. As in Viber, user accounts tied to phone numbers. During the registration process and subsequent authorizations when new devices are checked telephone number by sending SMS-message with the code, or by a phone call. On March 2014 the service enjoyed 35 million people. In the United States and certain other countries Telegram overtook rival from Facebook and was the most downloaded free app in the AppStore in 48 countries as of February 2014.

Founder WhatsApp Kum Yang grew in Ukraine in Fastov. In 1992 he emigrated to the United States, and in 2009, together with the American Brian Acton created messenger WhatsApp. The client runs on the platforms Android, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, iOS, Nokia Series 40, Symbian (S60) and Asha, Windows Phone. The first year of using WhatsApp is free – then removed the monthly fee of $ 0.99 per year.


Account WhatsApp is tied to the phone number after you install WhatsApp contact list automatically synchronizes with the phone book of the smartphone. Compared with Viber and Skype have WhatsApp has one big drawback – the inability to make voice calls between users.

Earlier this year, Facebook messenger bought for $ 16 billion. At the time of purchase WhatsApp use 300 million monthly users.

This summer, the company SHAPE AG, based Odessites and based in Germany, has released a secure messenger Sicher . According to the developers, it will be a serious competitor to existing analogues. The application is completely free and works on all popular mobile operating systems – iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Unlike competitors, Sicher can encrypt text and voice messages, including those that contain images, geolocation data and documents formats PDF, doc, xls. Sicher server located in Germany (for comparison, the server Telegram stationed on the territory of Russia, Canada, the UK and Slovenia).


In addition to all of the above, the application encrypts the group chats and uses more reliable encryption keys 2048-bit instead of 1024-bit. In addition to increased security settings, the messenger has a nice appearance and looks and lots of typical for modern applications buns – “stickers”, an expanded selection of smiles for emotions and more. What is important – using Sisher can send files of any type.

QIP was established in 2005 by a group of developers headed by a Russian programmer Ilgam Zyulkorneevym. This program differs from the standard “client» ICQ lack of hype. Hence the name: QIP is Quiet Internet Pager – «quiet Internet pager,” that is not molesting advertising.


Mobile version of the QIP provides the ability to communicate with smartphones, using the most popular protocols: QIP, Jabber, Facebook, Vkontakte, LiveJournal, Yandex Online, Mail.ru Agent and ICQ.

In 2007, RBC acquired the option to purchase the QIP. Such a complex control scheme, market participants explained the legal complexities. Owned by an American company AOL ICQ could make a claim due to unauthorized connection to its messaging system. In 2008, the company was founded, “Russian Internet Solutions” (RIR), which gave support to RBC QIP. A July 1 this year, as described in the RBC Holding decided not to renew the contract ended next to the RIRs, so QIP fully came under the control of RBC.


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