Rakuten Viber, one of the world’s leading apps for free and easy communication, rings in 10 years of bringing a new kind of messaging platform to people across the globe, one that values its users’ privacy just as it values mobile technology. Over the past decade, Viber has become a household name for its free, interactive, and secure messaging that allows people to connect with whoever they want, wherever they are.
Viber started out in 2010 with the simple goal of offering an alternative medium of communication, providing free calls to international mobile users. It has evolved much since then, disrupting the industry and becoming a comprehensive communication platform that now offers a suite of features like messaging, group chats, audio & video calls, communities, and chatbots, all while keeping privacy as its core promise to its users. It was in 2014 when Viber became part of Rakuten Inc., a world leader in e-commerce and financial services. Launching “communities” in 2018 was also a massive milestone for the company, empowering admins to create supergroup chats where they can add an unlimited number of people. The year after, the group voice calls feature was launched.
Today, Viber is well on its way toward becoming an all-encompassing communication platform expanding into utilities and fintech, while never relenting on its commitment to protecting user privacy.
In 2020, Viber introduced a few features that proved to be essential during the pandemic, such as group video calls, and bolstered its capacities, doubling the maximum number of participants to 20 people at once in Group Video and Audio Calls. In November, the company also announced its future plans to expand further into the fintech world, introducing its newest chatbot payments solution.
“Viber’s journey over the last 10 years wouldn’t have been possible without the hundreds of millions of people who trusted us with their personal communication, and with them, we have grown into what we are today. At Viber, our promise to our users has always been to provide a free and secure way for them to stay connected with their world. As technologies continue to take a bigger part of our lives, data privacy and security of communication becomes increasingly important. Viber employees are committed to continuing working hard for this critical mission. For most of you, they are anonymous. But trust me when I say they are the best team one can ask for,” says Djamel Agaoua, CEO of Rakuten Viber.
“It all started with a very simple mission to help people communicate with their loved ones,” says Anna Znamenskaya, Chief Growth Officer at Rakuten Viber. “Now that the world is changing at an exponential rate, so too are the means through which we communicate. Viber aims to always stay ahead of the curve for its users, as we always have.”
As a part of its tenth birthday, Viber tops off its celebration by giving back to the users who made it all possible, offering millions of gifts inside its Wheel of Fortune chatbot. Grab them now using this link.