Chat for free on your Android phone
- Supports a wide range of networks
- Organizes contacts very well
- Offers lots of ways to communicate
- Free text messaging
- Poor access to Facebook contacts
- No video chat
- Temperamental Skype voice chat
Nimbuzz allows you to make calls, chat online, exchange instant messages and send files from your phone for free.
Making long distance or international calls from your mobile phone can be so expensive that it's almost better to not stay in touch. Install Nimbuzz on your phone, and you'll be able to talk to people all over the World much cheaper - or even for free.
Nimbuzz pulls all your contacts from your social networks and IM services together in one place. This means you can exchange messages with all your friends on networks such as MSN, Skype, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, Jabber, Facebook, or MySpace.
Managing your contacts
The user interface in Nimbuzz combines all of your contacts from all these various networks into one place, and you can see who is online at any time. Everything is presented in a very neat and clear way: contacts are ordered alphabetically and each has a different icon depending on which network they belong to.
You simply need to tap on a person's name then select an icon to chat, call the, view their profile or send multimedia. The call option is only available for the services that support VoIP (Google Talk, MSN, Skype, etc.) but the voice quality is generally very good if you have a strong signal.
Talk using Nimbuzz
Talking on Skype isn't always a great experience with Nimbuzz. We experienced problems connecting with the other person sometimes, and there was often a strange echo on the line.
One great innovation from Nimbuzz is the NimbuzzOut service. Similar to Skype's SkypeOut service, this allows you to call mobile and landline numbers internationally at significantly reduced rates. Nimbuzz also supports free SMS messaging and it can import all of your phone contacts into the app for faster access. There's even a plush dialer built into the app so you don't need to use the default Android keypad.
There are a few things that annoyed me about Nimbuzz. For instance, it didn't seem to display my Facebook contacts in the Contacts list. The chat feature is also lacking in smilies, which is criminal for a modern day IM app. We would also like a video chat feature, please Nimbuzz!
Despite these glitches, Nimbuzz is still a very proficient mobile app that brings all your online and offline contacts together in one place.