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Introducing Wire: The Ideal Alternative to Skype for Linux

Wire App - Skype Alternative for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

There are good number of VoIP applications in the market today but the one that does an excellent job at competing with (and out-featuring) Skype is Wire.

An open-source cross-platform security and design-focused application for easy and modern communication.

Wire was launched in 2014 for AndroidiOS, and desktop and maintained in Switzerland by a team of engineers who have premium working experience in major firms including NokiaApple, and Microsoft.

The VoIP app is financially supported by a group of designers, engineers and executives from a funding group, Iconical. Even though the group has refused to let us in on how many active users they have, data from Google Play shows that Wire been downloaded between 1,000,000 – 5,000,000 times for Android alone.

Wire is Feature-Rich

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Following are some notable features of Wire app:

Smooth Voice and video calls

Wire delivers an excellent video and audio quality and is able to work with network latency to maintain good quality calls.

Wire Audio and Video Calls

Wire Audio and Video Calls

Handy Username Feature

The username feature works just like that of twitter and it is handy for group chats. With this feature, people can neither search you by your email nor is your email visible to your contacts. Phone numbers have always been invisible.

Wire Username

Wire Username

Audio Filters for Voice Messages

That’s right! You can record voice messages and easily add audio effects to them all in the spirit of conversation enthusiasm.

Wire Voice Messages

Wire Voice Messages

HD Group Calls with Stereo Feature

Wire will make the best use of your camera and speakers to provide you with the best picture and voice quality.

Wire Video Calls

Wire Video Calls

Share Text and Photos While On a Call

A feature every modern VoIP app should have. Trust Wire to deliver excellently.

Wire Share Photos

Wire Share Photos

GIF Support

Want to squeeze your words in a quick animation? Play around with the available tons of high-quality Gifs.

Wire Gif Support

Wire Gif Support

Ad-free. No Tracking

Communication with Wire is always simple, secure (because it is encrypted end-to-end), and privateWire does not track your data for collection or sharing in any way.

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Open Source

The trend these days is that if it’s open-source it’s also cross-platform. Wire manages to maintain the major aspects of its UI/UX consistent across the various platforms it supports.

Below is a feature comparison table between Wire and other competing apps. Wire takes the medal with ease.

Wire vs Other Apps - Comparison

Wire vs Other Apps – Comparison

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There you have it guys. We recently took a poll to know how many of us dedicatedly use the Skype for Linux app. Wire is an excellent alternative. All its features are high-end. Or, don’t you think so?

Share your thoughts below in the comments section.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • Nanohard

    Every time someone writes about an alternative to Skype it’s like they forget about SIP endpoints. While Skype for Linux is currently missing the ability to make calls, the old Skype application did, and I expect their new Linux client will in the future. I don’t see Wire offering that at all. For now, if you’re looking for SIP, Google Voice seems to be the only answer.

    • Burger1234

      Google voice does not work worldwide. Linphone does and is opensource and it is sip compliant, so you can call with any operator.

  • Gonzalo_VC

    What about PRIVACY respect by Wire, the biggest problem with Skype?

    • Yes, Wire is big on privacy and I briefly mentioned that together with it’s end-to-end encryption scheme under the “Ad free, no tracking” feature.

  • David Darr

    Wonder how this compares to RING?

    • Ravi Saive

      I never tried Ring, but I think most of the features are almost same and Ring provides better End-to-end encryption with authentication like Wire does..

    • Hmm, I’ve never used Ring before either. Is Ring what you use or you use Skype?

  • Timothy LePés

    Are you SURE the video calls are end-to-end encrypted? It was my understanding that the chat text was end-to-end, but the video was encrypted from each end-point to wire’s servers. Also, I would like to know if the passwords are saved locally or on wire’s servers. I think they have true native apps on mobile, but for desktops I think the apps are basically wrappers around the web interface, which is of course hosted on their servers. They seem to be an open and responsive company, which lends toward trusting them. They recently open-sourced the server-side code, and appear to be responsive to feedback and criticizms. Even so, I think vetting is especially important for communication platfoms that are purported to be secure. It is “sexy”, which a lot of security-focused solutions are not. But as much as I welcome that, let’s not forget to be clear on where trust lies in their security model.

    • True. Spoken like a developer.
      I can do a little research and get back to you on the questions you asked so we can both be sure

  • Is this the software you use? How good is it?

    • The Best. You can have a VOIP Line from Anywhere in the World ringing on you Desktop, Laptop & Android Smartphone.

  • Oleg Melnichuk

    FreeBSD?

    • Assuming you wouldn’t want to compile from source, there are 32 and 64-bit AppImages you can use and you can also install using its Debian-Repo.

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