Communication technology has certainly come a long way over the last few years. Do you remember when you couldn’t call someone unless you were in your home? I don’t know what we’d do without mobile phones, especially since everyone always seems to have one glued to their face these days. The big problem with mobiles is the cost, depending on who you call.
There is a new player in town and it means business. VoIP stands for voice over internet protocol, and it gives you the ability to connect with someone online. When someone is using the same application as you it’s also free to call them. Because you can use the apps on your phone you can also call people from anywhere. Let’s look at the best options you can choose from.
We’ll start with Skype because it’s likely you’ve already heard about it as it’s the most popular VoIP app in the world. Not only can you speak to someone, but you can also video call them for free as long as the other person also uses Skype. It’s a great way to connect with family when you’re away from home because you want to see their face as well as hear their voice.
One of the main features of this app is the ability to call international numbers for free. Because you don’t need to spend any money you would expect the call quality to be poor, but this definitely isn’t the case. As well as calling people you also get to send free messages and picture messages. It will also stay on in the background, so people can get in touch with you at any time of the day.
This app is a little like Skype because you also get to make free video calls along with normal voice calls. If you have friends using the same app you can speak to 4 people at the same time, which is great for small companies when you want to have mini-team meetings. Some VoIP apps charge you to call landlines, but there is a special feature with Fring that allows you to do it for free.
LINE is more than a VoIP provider because it also comes with a social network too. If you want to know what your friends are doing it’s easy to find out. The app is available to people in a huge number of countries around the world, so it will also come in handy if you can’t sign up to the others. As well as your free calls it also has an in-built message feature so you can send those too.
The last one we’re going to look at is at the end because you won’t have as much freedom to make free calls, but it does claim to be the cheapest paid VoIP app available for Android. You can still call some international countries for free and the ones you have to pay for are very cheap. Think of it like a prepaid mobile phone because you’re not tied into anything long-term.
Kevin Smith is a part of the team at VoIP Superstore, a company delivering innovative VoIP phone system hardware, software and services. He practices martial arts in his free time. Click here to know more about his work.