Nimbuzz messaging app gets a major update with voice calling for Windows Phone

Although Windows Phone 8 is nearly one year old, the promise of numerous VOIP apps is still not quite a reality. Yesterday though, Nimbuzz, an old school messaging service, finally delivered on free voice calls for their Windows Phone app.

Version 1.1.4.0 is now live in the Store for Windows Phone 8 devices. Free voice calls (with your Nimbuzz contacts) and bug fixes are the two features on order.

We haven’t used Nimbuzz since our Windows Mobile days (surprisingly, we remembered our account name and password), but the free messaging service is one to consider if you’re looking for a way to cut down on SMS messages or even voice calls. Of course, this assumes that data is not that important to you when compared to your voice and texting plan. So what else does Nimbuzz offer?

  • Free Messaging - Replace SMS with unlimited free chat
  • IM Community - Connect with multiple IM accounts and have them in one list (Facebook, Gtalk)
  • Picture Sharing– Click and share your favourite pictures with friends & family
  • Chat History – Chat history keeps your conversation handy for later use
  • Chat buddies – Use our popular chat buddies for Twitter, Cricket, Astrology etc.
  • Much more – Guided tour, Contact management, Presence management, Message typing indicator, N-world, free Avatars and much more.

It’s not a bad offering and the app seems solid enough. Granted, you’ll need to convince your friends and family to switch to Nimbuzz, if they haven’t already. But assuming Nimbuzz is an option for you, it’s great to see it get voice calling as an added feature.

Pick up Nimbuzz for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store. Thanks, Aniket K., for the tip

Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

43 Comments
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  • On it. Any other requests while I'm out? Milk? Diapers?
  • That was a little funny. :)
  • Lol...happy friday
  • Ooma, please. Heck, I'd be happy if all they had was an app that let you listen to voicemail. Oh, and milk for me, too. Thanks, Daniel.
  • myOoma app lets you check voicemail and call logs.
  • Häagen Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond please ;-)
  • LMAO
  • Daniel, I have an allergy to most paper products and have found that I can only wipe with $100 bills, so if you could send a bundle of those my way, I'd REALLY appreciate it!
  • Voice calling on a phone? What will they think of next?
  • I don't know, sending messages, maybe?
  • Blasphemy, That's witchcraft.
  • That's just crazy talk!
  • Imagine this...a phone...with a camera built in! Ehh? Ehh?
  • Haha
  • Nimbuzz has a dull 2.5 stars from 950 ratings (India). Is it that bad?
  • That was prior to this update, so hard to judge.
  • had this app since my e72 still have it on e6.. but on L920 not nearly as usefull.. at least for now..
  • I cant login to gtalk from Nimbuzz. First I get a message saying error. Then I get a text from google saying suspicious login detected. Anyone else having this problem?
  • Just login to google & approve that login once. you'll then able to login with Nimbuzz.! That's the security check at google.
  • Well, I use IM+ too. The login went smooth there. Weird.
  • But no chatroom option ... Nimbuzz chatroom should be have to add
  • I am kinda confused in this, Which is the best VOIP app: Nimbuzz/Viber/WeChat/Line?? Your reasons for your answer would be helpful :)
  • The answer is simple: the best is where most of your friends/contacts are. For me, that's Whatsapp + Skype + Line
  • Totally agreed!
    Unfortunately for me Nimbuzz are 3 years later.
    What's I really can't wait for anymore is a Skype merged with Live messenger Chat/Voice/Video deeply into WP OS PeopleHub/Contacts/Calls/Messages.
    How long until it happens MS? Do it ASAP please!
  • Skype + Whatsapp. Because they have the highest number of active users, likely will get more developer support even on the Death Star.
  • i'm a bit confused, i didnt think voice calls were free on skype, ive tried to make voice calls on skype and it always tells me i have to buy credits to make the call, am i missing something/doing something wrong which is completely possible, any clarifacation would be greatly appreciated
  • Voice calls to other skype members are free. You pay when you call to landline or mobile numbers.
  • The one your peeps will use is the best one for you. People are resistant to change, though, so you will probably find using your cell plan's minutes is the best choice.
  • Imagine if one of the Nimbuzz employees knows your Nimbuzz login information (which is 99% possible), they can automatically read all your messages from multiple IM accounts (like facebook, yahoo, google etc..). Scary.
  • Same for everything you use. Daniel read my bank statement and sent me $100 to buy milk last week.
  • You are lucky.
  • Feeling happy to have my name in WPcentral... Planning to buy ur app when ms will launch purchase through operator billing In India. Don't have credit card :(
    Any idea when ms will enable it??
  • Cant you do PayPal?
  • Nope... Not in India...
  • How about Debit Card? I don't have Credit Card but Debit Cards work in Malaysia. 
  • Axis bank debit card worked for me, a few others did on other banks too. Search the forum for the threads on this. And glad to say WPCentral was my first purchase :)
  • Use debit card mate...i am from India too and i buy apps through debit card..i got axis bank card FYI..
  • Yup tried debit card also... Not working..
  • Does this include SIP? I need a SIP client
  • Chat room???
  • That chick seems like she is performing some nsfwpc actions..
  • How do you make free calls on this thing? I can't see the option.