Viber today announced a new feature called Viber Out which allows users to make low-cost calls to any mobile or landline phone number. Similar to Skype credits, Viber Out credit can be bought with an in-app purchase from the Windows Phone Store or with a credit card via Viber Desktop. The main thing is that Viber Out has a significantly lower price-per-call than other competing services like Skype due to lower per minute rates and the omission of connection fees.
“Viber Out gives our millions of users a new way to use Viber and ensures that they can reach any contact at any time,” said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. “We will continue to improve Viber Out, keeping our users connected at the most affordable rates possible.”
Unlike competing services, Viber Out displays your real phone number to the recipient so he or she knows who is calling. Further, Viber Out on Desktop has your phone’s address book so you don’t have to remember numbers or dial them manually.
This new app update is available only for iOS and Android devices and Viber has promised that Viber Out is coming to Windows Phone in the future.