Apps for making international calls abound for iPhone, Android and Windows phones. These apps can save users a lot of money over traditional carrier charges for international dialing, and can be used over wi-fi in many cases reducing drain on data plans.
Google Voice offers cheap international calling rates, voicemail with transcription, options for personalizing voicemail messages for callers, and forwarding calls to different phones. Sadly, Google Voice is still largely restricted to users in the US, and thus isn’t the best option if calls need to go both ways. Google Voice has official apps for Android and iOS, and an unofficial option called GoVoice for Windows Phone.
Rebtel has apps for making international calls from nearly any type of device, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Android tablets, and Windows phones. Calls between Rebtel customers are free, and international calling is inexpensive and easy with Rebtel’s low rates and “local” numbers.
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Skype is one of the best known VoIP options, with free calling in many cases between users who both have Skype, and quite low per minute rates for international VoIP calls. Video chat is also available. The main con is that audio quality on Skype can be unpredictable. Skype apps for international calls are available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
Vonage is similar to Skype, except without the video chat feature. Vonage offers cheap international rates, free calls to other Vonage customers, and uses HD audio for VoIP calls, so calls quality is great. The Vonage app is available for Android and iOS, and if you are a Vonage home customer, you can use the Vonage Extensions app for Android or iOS to use your home plan on your mobile device.
Fring is an original app that got a jump start on Skype in the mobile market. It offers the same video chat, messaging, and VoIP calling options as Skype. The downside is that fring’smobile apps have poor, buggy performance at times. The fring app is available for Android and iOS.
Viber is another app that allows cheap international calls and free calls using WiFi between Viber users. The app scans your contact list, and notes those who already have the Viber app on their own phone. The downside is that incoming calls on the mobile carrier network usually result in a in-progress Viber call being dropped. There are Viber Apps for: iOS (iPhone), Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.
Don’t keep paying your mobile carrier’s high rates for international calls! Switching to one of these easy to use app means lower rates, more flexibility, and no hassles calling between different devices. Just download the app of your choice, create your contact list, and enjoy fast, clear connections to friends and loved ones all over the world.