Although both Whats App and LINE sport the ability to send text messages, photos, videos and voice calls over mobile data and wifi connections, LINE does have one major advantage. Whats App currently operates on a subscription plan of 69p per year – although the Facebook-owned app does offer one-year for free.
Another advantage LINE holds over Whats App is its broader feature set.
Chatting away at a rate of 1.3Mb of data per minute will burn through a 500MB monthly data plan in just SIX hours – which is equal to 11 minute of call-time per day.
By contrast, instant messaging and Voice over IP app Viber claims to use 240Kb per minute during phone calls.
The hugely popular app allows users to transfer payments to contacts from within the app – instead of Whats App, which only allows users to send a nagging text message.