Viber is based in Cyprus with development facilities in Israel and Belarus.
Israel is a source of many technology companies and most of the well established companies like IBM, Microsoft, EMC and others hold a development centers developing technology you are using on a daily basis ( It is not our wish to advocate for Israel in anyway, just to place it in its right place in the technological world).
since we are a privately held company we prefer at the moment not to provide any information on our funding.
we are considering few business models that we believe will drive profit to the company which we will announce it in the coming future,but we will continue to keep our following promises:
1. We will NOT charge for the app
2. We will NOT charge for Viber to Viber calls
3. We will NOT charge for Viber to Viber texts
4. We will NOT advertise on the VIber app.
Like any other application,Viber do have access to data on the device ,we use it simply to provide the user with the best usage experience.
Like any other application, these requirements are clearly available to the user prior to the installation.
Finally, this is our CEO, Mr. Talmon Marco: http://www.mobileworldlive.com/inter...arco-ceo-viber
I invite you to run a quick Google search, and you'll find numerous interviews with him, talking and sharing information about our company, our employees, and our plans.
We hope this helps.