Anyone know the best alternative to WhatsApp.

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Found 9th Jun
Can't be doing with all these new terms and conditions. Been using something called Kakao Talk, fine for speaking with my South Korean friends, but not a lot of people are on it in this country.
Wondering what's the best alternative to the increasingly invasive WhatsApp; Peeps views???
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This is more secure as you can see the other person on the other end. Carrier pigeons can be intercepted!!
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Telegram is the next best alternative (given you don't agree with WhatsApp's terms I doubt you will like FB Messenger's). Then Viber, then Skype
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Sorry for being ignorant - what new terms and conditions exactly?
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C B radio


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Only kidding T2H
Edited by: "summerof76" 9th Jun
jamie01532 m ago

Telegram is the next best alternative (given you don't agree with …Telegram is the next best alternative (given you don't agree with WhatsApp's terms I doubt you will like FB Messenger's). Then Viber, then Skype



Thanks Jamie. Tried Telegram before, but wasn't too many Brits on it - the difficulty is getting friends to join, some of them are on facebook, and don't bother if it's full of ads.
Personally, I can't be doing with facebooks preferred sites when I browse the net, I'm already annoyed with Amazon and others telling me what I might be interested in going by the sites I visit (I visit mostly church sites - and that somehow means I'm looking for a new kitchen???).

I've heard facebook ads are among the worst (not on facebook so wouldn't know), so I'd like to avoid that and all their data collecting crap.
If Telegram is the only real alternative I might have to give it another try - just hope most of friends feel the same way.

Thanks again, for helpful post.
darkstryder36015 m ago

Sorry for being ignorant - what new terms and conditions exactly?



No worries, DS, they've sent pages galore on new t+c's, and there's now no opt out option. It's probably something to do with all the changes just about every company is sending out re' new laws on privacy.
Trouble is, most of them are wording things so as to confuse the user, and in some cases they're getting the user to agree to even more invasions of privacy than was previously in place.

I've avoided Facebook all my days, but WhatsApp are now owned by them and want to give my personal info to them - that's the main reason I avoided facebook in the first place!!!
Sms, it's been around for years, only need someone's phone number and all phones come with an Sms app pre installed
summerof7619 m ago

Morse code [Image] C B radio[Image] Only kidding T2H



I've used both Morse Code and CB radio, Summer, especially the old Aunty Mary.
Back in the day me and almost all my friends were always chatting on CB.
Using only a magnetic twig on the car, with a clear signal on good days we could speak with Europeans - all for free! 10, 4.
njpugh909 m ago

Sms, it's been around for years, only need someone's phone number and all …Sms, it's been around for years, only need someone's phone number and all phones come with an Sms app pre installed



I already use that, but it can be quite expensive on payg. Also, not so good for face-calls, sending videos etc.
Fine for texts, but not a lot else, imo. Thanks anyway.
Letter box!
tryn2help25 m ago

Thanks Jamie. Tried Telegram before, but wasn't too many Brits on it - the …Thanks Jamie. Tried Telegram before, but wasn't too many Brits on it - the difficulty is getting friends to join, some of them are on facebook, and don't bother if it's full of ads.Personally, I can't be doing with facebooks preferred sites when I browse the net, I'm already annoyed with Amazon and others telling me what I might be interested in going by the sites I visit (I visit mostly church sites - and that somehow means I'm looking for a new kitchen???). I've heard facebook ads are among the worst (not on facebook so wouldn't know), so I'd like to avoid that and all their data collecting crap.If Telegram is the only real alternative I might have to give it another try - just hope most of friends feel the same way.Thanks again, for helpful post.


You aren't going to get as much of a user base on any other chat app - WhatsApp and FB Messenger are the most used. However, Telegram has the next biggest user base and is more focused on privacy.
tryn2help21 m ago

No worries, DS, they've sent pages galore on new t+c's, and there's now no …No worries, DS, they've sent pages galore on new t+c's, and there's now no opt out option. It's probably something to do with all the changes just about every company is sending out re' new laws on privacy.Trouble is, most of them are wording things so as to confuse the user, and in some cases they're getting the user to agree to even more invasions of privacy than was previously in place.I've avoided Facebook all my days, but WhatsApp are now owned by them and want to give my personal info to them - that's the main reason I avoided facebook in the first place!!!


GDPR includes the right to be forgotten, right to request all data they hold on you and if you feel it’s invasive ask them to cancel your account and delete all your data. They have to do this of face the wrath of ICO.

Whilst EUR20 million may not sound much if lots of people make complaints the fines could add up per case.
Edited by: "cmdr_elito" 9th Jun
ASongOfFireAndIce9th Jun

Letter box!



Thanks, but not sure I want to make the leap to that new fangled contraption.

Think I'll stick with the tried and tested. . . .

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This is more secure as you can see the other person on the other end. Carrier pigeons can be intercepted!!
jamie01537 m ago

Telegram has the next biggest user base and is more focused on privacy.


Encouraging.
cmdr_elito38 m ago

GDPR includes the right to be forgotten, right to request all data they …GDPR includes the right to be forgotten, right to request all data they hold on you and if you feel it’s invasive ask them to cancel your account and delete all your data. They have to do this of face the wrath of ICO.Whilst EUR20 million may not sound much if lots of people make complaints the fines could add up per case.



WhatsApp were offering the option to refuse sharing with facebook, but they've since removed that option (. . . or, at least, I searched pages and pages of WhatsApps gobbledegook and couldn't find any opt out).

I shall probably ask them to delete my account as soon as I find a decent alternative - some techie-types are suggesting something called Threemo as a more secure and user friendly option - never heard of it, probably next to nobody uses it.
Edited by: "tryn2help" 9th Jun
What about Discord?
Google just announced a new text based service. Well kind of. Its a service that will be a default on all phones to fix the problem of all these messaging apps. Maybe. We will see. You can read about it here
wayners19 m ago

Google just announced a new text based service. Well kind of. Its a …Google just announced a new text based service. Well kind of. Its a service that will be a default on all phones to fix the problem of all these messaging apps. Maybe. We will see. You can read about it here


Yeah, that's RCS. Problem with that is it's only available on Android phones with Vodafone SIM cards in the UK, so not the best option for the OP who is concerned about the user base.

I am looking forward to Chat, and how it will hopefully reenergise text messaging, but that will take a lot of time to happen (if it happens at all).
tryn2help1 h, 33 m ago

I've used both Morse Code and CB radio, Summer, especially the old Aunty …I've used both Morse Code and CB radio, Summer, especially the old Aunty Mary. Back in the day me and almost all my friends were always chatting on CB. Using only a magnetic twig on the car, with a clear signal on good days we could speak with Europeans - all for free! 10, 4.


CB radio are Cheaper now than 30 years ago

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have you tried viber? i have whatsapp and viber and they do pretty much the same but i prefer the layout of whatsapp and more people use whatsapp than viber so it means whatsapp is more useful.
SOUTHWALES7 m ago

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Reason we dropped it was because they shifted us off AM onto FM. None of us wanted FM, so we all just let it go - probably why it's dirt cheap now.
tryn2help5 m ago

Reason we dropped it was because they shifted us off AM onto FM. None of …Reason we dropped it was because they shifted us off AM onto FM. None of us wanted FM, so we all just let it go - probably why it's dirt cheap now.


What was the difference of AM and FM?.
Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 9th Jun
Heard of LINE.
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Not used it though
Edited by: "zworld" 9th Jun
SOUTHWALES12 m ago

What was the difference of AM and FM?.



In a nutshell, we found AM could reach far further - all over the UK and sometimes mainland Europe. Signal was generally clearer, less crackle, and an all round better experience.
Was mostly used by truckers, but we were just kids using it to talk with friends, meet girls, or chat with people in other parts of the UK. Truckers were fantastic sources of info for traffic conditions and keeping everyone posted on big events, i.e. where the travelling funfairs, circuses, etc were located, CB was great fun back then.
tryn2help25 m ago

In a nutshell, we found AM could reach far further - all over the UK and …In a nutshell, we found AM could reach far further - all over the UK and sometimes mainland Europe. Signal was generally clearer, less crackle, and an all round better experience.Was mostly used by truckers, but we were just kids using it to talk with friends, meet girls, or chat with people in other parts of the UK. Truckers were fantastic sources of info for traffic conditions and keeping everyone posted on big events, i.e. where the travelling funfairs, circuses, etc were located, CB was great fun back then.


I have got a uniden 125 scanner that I use why mobile in the car, was surprised how many users are using CB fm of late, almost all the farmers tractors here in mid Wales have them fitted plus quite a few truckers around the Telford and Birmingham area I also travel to Wrexham and Chester twice a week in the evening and after 8pm there are many users on there from Liverpool, Queensferry, Chester, Wirral Wrexham and surrounding areas, I also noticed these same users have all got themselves £20 baofeng UV5R radios and are operating on 446.0625 and 446.1500 as if it was CB. I also have a bicone antenna in my loft and there is a lift on at the moment so can hear foreign voices quite clear on CB FM but could not tell you what language\country. This is all new to me as only got my scanner a few months ago, listening to the scanner why on the move is far more interesting than the car radio as have all the main frequencies covered iincluding most repeaters, pmr frequencies including the licence free ones and CB FM etc. here is a video of me picking up iss space station with my home made bicone antenna made out of copper wire.

Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 9th Jun
tryn2help2 h, 28 m ago

No worries, DS, they've sent pages galore on new t+c's, and there's now no …No worries, DS, they've sent pages galore on new t+c's, and there's now no opt out option. It's probably something to do with all the changes just about every company is sending out re' new laws on privacy.Trouble is, most of them are wording things so as to confuse the user, and in some cases they're getting the user to agree to even more invasions of privacy than was previously in place.I've avoided Facebook all my days, but WhatsApp are now owned by them and want to give my personal info to them - that's the main reason I avoided facebook in the first place!!!


Who give a f*CK just say yes and move on, we live our lives online and all company data is online, your information is being harvested and it doesn't matter. My name, adress, date of birth, bank details, age etc is on dozens of websites that are being frequently hacked and losing customer data. It's not going to be much more stressful if someone finds your inane WhatsApp ramblings and funny pictures of your cats.
Edited by: "ibblackberry1" 9th Jun
Just send text messages, or phone them, or send letters / postcards. You can do all of those things with your tinfoil hat on, no one will mind.
SOUTHWALES7 m ago

I have got a uniden 125 scanner that I use why mobile in the car, was …I have got a uniden 125 scanner that I use why mobile in the car, was surprised how many users are using it of late, almost all the farmers tractors here in mid Wales have them fitted, also travel to Wrexham and Chester twice a week and after 8pm there are many users on there from Liverpool, Queensferry, Chester, Wirral Wrexham and surrounding areas, I also noticed these same users have all got themselves £20 baofeng UV5R radios and are operating on 446.0625 and 446.1500 as if it was CB. I also have a bicone antenna in my loft and there is a lift on at the moment so can hear foreign voices quite clear on CB FM but could not tell you what language\country. This is all new to me as only got my scanner a few months ago, herecis a video of me picking up iss space station with my home made bicone antenna made out of copper wire[Video]



Flippin heck - that's impressive.

Never knew peeps were still keeping this alive - thought it was long dead and gone - eye opener.
tryn2help2 h, 19 m ago

Thanks, but not sure I want to make the leap to that new fangled …Thanks, but not sure I want to make the leap to that new fangled contraption. Think I'll stick with the tried and tested. . . . [Image]


Worth a shot! I like WhatsApp I hate group chats! I understand your concerns as soon as FB took over it- inevitable! However privacy is kind of gone now! Unless your living in woods isolated away from life and do not use a phone , computer etc a more organic life! Face recognition adverts I do believe happen in some town centres allready! FB will just buy the next big thing anyway.
ASongOfFireAndIce9th Jun

Worth a shot! I like WhatsApp I hate group chats! I understand your …Worth a shot! I like WhatsApp I hate group chats! I understand your concerns as soon as FB took over it- inevitable! However privacy is kind of gone now! Unless your living in woods isolated away from life and do not use a phone , computer etc a more organic life! Face recognition adverts I do believe happen in some town centres allready! FB will just buy the next big thing anyway.



True, but all very depressing.

I used the net years ago (before windows) and I remember the experience as brilliant. There was virtually no ads (admittedly porn ads did eventually start popping up almost anywhere, but we all soon got that under control).

It was like having the best possible library at your fingertips - beyond the wildest dreams of research workers - we could locate info in seconds, weeks of work could be completed before the first tea break - it was flippin awesome!

These days searches are seriously hampered by ads galore and 'preferred' pages. I can honestly say it's taken a backwards step in supplying information.

Now, when I search for something it insists on putting me where it thinks I want to go based on my history, 'preferred' and coupled with any ads remotely related to what it thinks I'm looking for - despite the fact I'd never looked at the particular subject ever!

I strongly believe, that the net has taken a giant step backward as regards supply of information.
The money worshippers have got their hands on it and they're completely ruining it like cancer ruins a healthy body.
Sms
tryn2help3 h, 30 m ago

WhatsApp were offering the option to refuse sharing with facebook, but …WhatsApp were offering the option to refuse sharing with facebook, but they've since removed that option (. . . or, at least, I searched pages and pages of WhatsApps gobbledegook and couldn't find any opt out).I shall probably ask them to delete my account as soon as I find a decent alternative - some techie-types are suggesting something called Threemo as a more secure and user friendly option - never heard of it, probably next to nobody uses it.


Bit difficult to share info with Facebook when you don’t add your mobile number to your Facebook account, that’s how they pair them up.
Wickr Me
Why don't u just click no the the new terms. Mine still works just annoying having to keep click not yet or whatever that message says
If you want the closest equivalent use Line.
MynameisM3 h, 58 m ago

Why don't u just click no the the new terms. Mine still works just …Why don't u just click no the the new terms. Mine still works just annoying having to keep click not yet or whatever that message says


It got to the stage where the 'not now' option was removed (you'll probably get the same soon enough), and it wouldn't let me in to WhatsApp to read messages.

I tried to find the 'no' option, but it's gone.
Followed the advice on some of those links which said sign it and opt out, but opt out option was removed.
Edited by: "tryn2help" 10th Jun
cmdr_elito21 h, 30 m ago

Bit difficult to share info with Facebook when you don’t add your mobile n …Bit difficult to share info with Facebook when you don’t add your mobile number to your Facebook account, that’s how they pair them up.



True, and the fact I don't have a facebook account would make it impossible for them to add my phone number to it - but that doesn't seem to stop them asking me for personal data.

Right now, I hardly ever get any spam crap on my phone, and I shall be very annoyed if these misled minions allow that to happen to me now.

Reminds me of youtube - great before Google bought it - now ads galore ruining the whole experience. Clutters up the system and reduces it down to a fraction of the top service it was before they got their greedy hands on it.
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