Best apps for making free overseas calls
A common question we hear all the time is, how can you make international calls for free? There are so many viable options to do it now, and you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg any more to the wireless carriers. It’s another case of free apps to the rescue. Which app to use? A good basic rule of thumb: use the app where your friends or family are. If they like to connect there, it will be the easiest place to find them. Each app works differently, but in a nutshell, look for the phone or video camera icon for guidance to where to make your free calls. Where ever you are in the world, this apps are your companion to keep you in touch with your family and friends. There is no roaming charge to call your family while you are traveling away from them.
Most of these apps can work with WiFi / 3G/ 4G. None of them utilizing your monthly minutes or roaming charges if you call through these apps.
- Skype has been the pioneer of free calls since it started in 2003. Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free with Skype for your iPhone or iPod touch. Your contacts should be in online to make free audio and video call with them. As it always has, calling ‘‘Skype to Skype’’, is free, but making a call from your smartphone to someone’s landline or cellphones will cost you. Rates vary depending upon which country you call.
- WhatsApp is probably the most popular app right now among people in Europe for free calls, with more than 1 billion global users on the service. Like Skype, the app works when your friends are there. WhatsApp is one of the best messaging apps that support text, audio and video texting between mobile platforms. This app supports almost all of the mobile platforms like iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Nokia and Symbian. In addition to the easy use interface, this app packed with nice features for mobile users like message delivery status information, option to control data usage for the mobile phone etc.
- Apple’s FaceTime couldn’t be any simpler to operate, and should be your first choice if you have an iPhone, iPad or Apple Macintosh computer. FaceTime for iPod/iPhone/iPad/MAC makes it possible to talk, smile, and laugh with anyone on an iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPod touch, or Mac. So you can catch up, hang out, joke around, and stay in touch with just a click. Sure, it’s great to hear a voice. But it’s even better to see the face that goes with it. All you need is a phone number or Apple ID to begin making free calls. Facetime is easy to set up. FaceTime works perfectly with Address Book so you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch. Click her phone number if you want to call her iPhone 4. To call her iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, use her email address. An invitation pops up on her screen. When she accepts, the video call begins. And there you are, face to face. Mac to iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Mac. But if your mate is on Android and you’re on Apple, you’re out of luck.
- Viber – Free Phone Calls & Text: Viber lets everyone in the world connect at free rate. Viber users enjoying free call, text, and able to send photos and locations with each other worldwide for free with no subscriptions or purchases. You can call and text other users, on any network, as much as you want. All you need is a 3G or Wi-Fi Internet connection, and friends who get Viber too. Viber just works, and lets you connect with your friends whose numbers you already have. It syncs with your mobile phone number and contact list to instantly show who already has Viber. Never again must you seek out your own contacts, create new user names, or build new lists. Viber runs in the background without draining your battery, so you always receive incoming calls and message notification.
- The Line app dominates in Asia, but it’s starting to make inroads elsewhere with a delicious offer: free international calls to landlines as long as you watch a 15 second ad first. App to app calls don’t require the ads. Give it a try: it’s the most colourful and fun of the free phone apps.
- Facebook Messenger. With nearly 1 billion users, the odds are your friends or loved ones are already there, which is why I’d recommend starting here first. Plus the audio quality is generally excellent. To make the call, remember to use the Messenger app for your smartphone, or regular desktop Facebook.