What is an easy way to stay in contact with someone in China?

A friend of mine is going to be in China for work for 1,5 month and I was looking into ways to stay in contact. China has 2 apps that would work like whatsapp, however I can't install either of them in the UK. Wechat needs to be unlocked by someone in China, something I can't get done as my friend is the only person I know there. QQ is entirely in Chinese so can't use that either.

I was hoping that viber out calls would work. In theory that is like making an ordinary phonecall, but I would like this confirmed. Otherwise my only option would be to get an pre paid sim like lebara to call there.

Is there any other way that might work?

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