Viber gets free HD calling and Live Tile support in latest update

Noted VOIP client, Viber, which just submitted its beta 2.1 version for approval a few days ago, has already gotten a significant makeover that adds a bunch of features for Windows Phone 8. Most notably, version adds free calling with HD sound quality, but it also adds Live Tile support. You can now pin conversations to the Start screen and receive lockscreen notifications.

Viber integrates with your address book and allows you to have group conversations with up to 40 participants. You can also share pictures directly from your photo gallery and tag your conversations with your current location.

This goes beyond a simple update. It's a complete makeover.

You can get Viber for free here.


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Viber gets free HD calling and Live Tile support in latest update


It's working! It's calls for a celebration from all the avid suitors of this app.
It's really great to see most of the big apps from the big players are being ported to WP.  A very good step. Keep moving forward WP. I'm really loving my L920

Shut up u dumbasses, I said it like that cuz I though it was a joke, (cuz of Easter Sunday everyone is doing jokes ) I thought that cuz when I tried to download it It wouldn't let me, u assholes thinks everybody is trolling because of a misunderstanding, this is what has become of wpcentral? What a shame...

oh my god best news ever, absolutly love this app, i love u viber so much, cant believe, someone wake me up from dreaming.. oh shit viber is for real here, thank u so much i love viber so much

Too bad. It's not syncing my contacts on 920. Not sure what's wrong..
Deleted & reinstalled it. Did not get the code this time. But i used the previous code & it just shows "your contacts are syncing" But does nothing.

Oh..just got a toast message "welcome to Viber" but contatcs don't suync yet..Useless for now. Any suggestions???

My contacts were synced just fine and quick. But seem like Viber's having issue with background running and push notification with my phone (920). I couldn't get any call notification while my phone's locked. After unlocking it, a whole bunch of notification keep flushing to my phone, even the calling notification appears while I weren't making any call...

Same here. I am using L620 and it keeps synchronizing.
Microsoft, now that Viber is out while Skype still in beta, FB gone with Android and Samsung has no mood for ATIV, make sure anything arrive in your stores is NOT half baked!!

Does it run properly in the background? Like does it come through like a normal call or is it just the same old crappy toast notifcations? I lost my windows phone at the weekend so I can't test

Not if your phone's locked for a while. I did make some calls to my device after it's locked up for a while and couldn't get any notification. Now if I unlocked it and place a call back, just right after that call I can get notification from other phones call to mine.
Don't know if I mis configured something

I doubt its for 7.8 Users, we never get as much love as 8 users.

......or we will get it, but it'll be super late. -.-

I don't know what both of you are talking about because just like what monlosez3 said, Viber for WP7 has been out for some time now.

Again with people posting that same line. Viber came out for 7.x but without voice; only lumias have the voice option on 7.x. Even the app listing says voice coming soon. Voice is the entire premise (Aside from the other features added) of this article.

Installed it but still something isn't right here. The call and receive is kinda hit and miss. I used another phone, make a call to WP8 using viber and nothing happened. But right after I unlock my WP8, the notification keep pushing to my phone telling me that I missed calls. Now with the WP8 just lock for seconds I made another call, now WP8 can display viber calling UI...

Same issue here. Right after installing the app, I test call myself using my wife's iPhone 5 and the phone rang. But when I answer the call directly from the lock screen, I and the other pary cannot hear each other. So I proceed to unlock the lockscreen and there is an error message but the phone call is still connected. After which, I tried calling myself again and this time round, the phone doesn't ring. Shortly after my wife hung up her phone, my phone prompts that I have a miss call from her. Same goes for outgoing calls as well, sometime the phone rings when I called my wife, and sometime it doesn't ending with a miss call prompt again.

Uh... what? Skype is out. Viber was the delay. And it looks like this uses the same new os hooks that Skype does...

So why would someone use this over Skype? I've never heard of anyone using viber... I suppose if my friends used it that would be incentive. Legitimate question, not snark.

on skype u cant call on android or ios devices when they have skype closen but on viber u can call  on ios and android even when they have app closen, (like skype wp8 to wp8).. huge difference

On my 920 I get a lot of "Oops... and error has occured in the contacts screen.  Please try again."  Not sure what the error is and it looks like my contacts sync'd ok.

The app is 100% working! Finally! Good job viber! First app with free calls! Not considering Skype ofcourse

I haven't received my SMS verification code either. So, I used the alternative link provided on the verification screen. However, after the setup my contacts are still syncing...
I had Viber Messenger, then saw this article and installed Viber.

Syncing contacts is a problem for me too. All my contacts were there at first, now most of them are gone.

Me... After installing the new Viber, my phone battery dust drain from full charge to battery saver mode in just half a day.

Live tile support, full mesage preview from lockscreen, working tested calls, the perfect comunication app for wp8.

Interesting that I had never used this app/service and figured it would be just another communication app that I'd have to beg someone to test out with me.  Imagine my surprise when 55 of my contacts already had accounts.  (I know, I have too much time on my hands if I scrolled and counted!)  I think maybe only Skype has more of my contacts.  WhatsApp and Kik are WAY behind.  I've even seen some people on here that I haven't heard from in real life for years...I think this'll help me catch up with some folks.  :)

This is perfect and busy what we needed. Slowly but surely my wp8 is getting the apps it so sorely needs in order to be my main phone. This app is one of my 5 daily most used apps

My 920 is not syncing contacts either and I wasn't able to find it in the store, I had to find it through the wpcentral app.. Perhaps this dl is only for windows phone 7? Or there's a bug with it and the 920 syncing contacts.

Program is back in store...
i have reinstall but i have still problems with sync. When i was started program first time contats was sync full. When i was started program 5,6time the 90% contact not sync....
something is going wrong...

it works perfectly on my Lumia 920, no sync issue or anything else.
I think it's better than ios version. I loved it. Thanx Viber!

All my contacts I had on my "expired" iphone 4......are also showing on the Lumia 920!!! So it works in The Netherlands!!!

are there any news for Viber ... now I cant even instal it as I am not getting sms from them and when trying calling I get stupid info tgat something is wrong .... anything please ? Thanks

working prefect on my lumia 820 work good in background i easly recive call i think important thing if your using wifi click always on in wifi setting and once u open viber just click window button after that u even locked ur window phone its work fine in back ground .

What do you recommended me viber, wechat or line? I am having trouble with whatsapp and i am thinking to change

Well, app is back. Or maybe not?! I have downloaded the latest from AppStore, it says v2.23.0.0 but on my phone it's still v2.2.2.0 that I have problem with. Reinstall, restart won't help.
So, I'll be patient: I have uninstalled the app. I will wait 24 hours then install it again. I hope Viber will sort out this issue very soon.

Sorry. Still not usable. I sent my friend on Android a message this morning & they got it 13 times. On my phone it still shows as unsent??? Messages sent to me can take an age to arrive. It's just not reliable enough. Does seem to work better on wifi than 3g though, but still not great. Can't speak for calls because I haven't made any. Please get it working properly and can we also have smileys & stickers. Still feels like we're the poor relations on Windows Phone. (Lumia 920).

Excellent however i use a Samsung ativ s and the top rear of the phone gets quite warm even when only using text. I assume its a cpu use thing although its not massively affecting my battery. Hopefully they can address this soon.

Did anyone notice the App is out of sync with the phone in upright or lying position. i hope u know what i mean.
when my phone is upright and vertical the App is still in horizontal and vice versa.

After last update call often does not work... Samsung ativ S :(
No ton, but on iphone 5 see calls, but no ansver or any audio from my, and from him :(