Are you an Android user and addicted to talking on Whatsapp? Then you must be aware that you have to pay for continuing the messenger service once the trial edition ends.

Those who wish to continue using Whatsapp, can continue using the service by paying $0.99 every year.

If this news worries you and if you're not at all willing to pay for the service, try these 10 alternatives mentioned below. Few of them offer similar services as Whatsapp, while others provide video calling ability with enhanced security.

  • Telegram Messenger
    Telegram Messenger- Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It's super-fast, simple, secure and free. Telegram seamlessly syncs across all of your devices and can be used on desktops, tablets and phones alike. You can send an unlimited amount of messages, photos, videos and files of any type (.doc, .zip, .pdf, etc.). Telegram groups have up to 200 people and you can send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts at a time. Be sure to check our website for a list of Telegram apps for all platforms.null
  • BBM Messenger
    BBM - Touted as the most secured messenger service, BBM has been developed by Blackberry and is available across all major platforms including Android and iOS. The app allows you to chat with individuals as well as in groups and features some unique service like timed message, message retraction and free voice calling to any BBM contact.Google Play
  • Viber Messenger
    Viber Messenger- Viber allows you to send texts, photos, videos, and also make video calls. The app also allows you to place a call to any landline number as well via Viber Out. This free messenger app features group messages and is available on all major platforms. As a plus, it offers a desktop application and supports several regional languages.Google Play
  • Line Messenger
    Line Messenger- This app allows you to make free calls and send messages around the world. Apart from video calls, Line also allows you to place a voice only call. Popular in many countries, Line also supports wearable devices and is available across platforms.Google Play
  • Google Hangouts
    Google Hangouts - It is a Google-developed Social messaging option that allows you to message as well as call. Hangouts also allows you to send texts, photos, maps, emoji, stickers and animate GIFs, place calls to individual users as well as arrange a video conference with up to 10 friends.Google Play
  • WeChat Messenger
    WeChat Messenger - This is another free calling and messaging app with a promise of remaining free for lifetime. The app allows you to chat in groups, send multimedia messages, send funny stickers, play multi-player games, translate languages and more. WeChat is also available across major platforms including Android and iOS.Anirban Roy
  • Yahoo Messenger
    Yahoo Messenger - The official app allows all the Yahoo messenger functionality on your smartphone. The mobile version allows free voice and video calls, chat with Facebook/Yahoo/ Windows Live friends, share photos/messages/videos and stays online on Android and PC at the same time and receives messages only when you're active.Google Play
  • Kakao talk: Free Calls & Text
    Kakao talk: Free Calls & Text - KakaoTalk is a fast & multifaceted messaging app. Send messages, photos, videos, voice notes and your location for free. Make chatting extra fun with an array of emoticons and sticker collections. The app also features calling ability, send messages to other users while making calls, Android wear support, group chat and voice filters.Anirban Roy
  • GroupMe Messenger
    GroupMe Messenger - GroupMe is a free and simple messenger app for staying connected with those who matter the most. The app allows you to add users by their phone numbers and email IDs. Share photo gallery to any group and several other sensible features.Google Play
  • Hike Messenger
    Hike Messenger - A Made-in-India social messenger with several handy utilities including privacy, hidden mode, sends text messages and attaches documents including multimedia files. The USP of this messenger is its regional stickers. Available in Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows, the Hike messenger also supports 128-bit SSL encryption standard.Anirban Roy