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Free voice calling apps

Free voice calling apps

If you like your calls long and your charges minimal, check out these free VoIP voice calling apps which use your internet to save you money. Many are available for the desktop as well.

Voice calls can be expensive if you want to keep in touch with friends and relatives in other countries. Calling cards are one way to spend less while talking to people overseas. But if you have internet access on your phone, there’s a way with which you can save tremendously. If you didn’t already know, you can make voice calls over the internet (via VoIP), and there are several apps which let you do just that, reducing your phone bill considerably.

WhatsApp may be popular (a bonus because more friends would have it), but it doesn’t have voice calling. Not yet anyway. After Facebook’s agreed acquisition of WhatsApp for a whooping $19 billion, co-founder and CEO, Jan Koum announced that voice calling functionality was being built into the app. It is expected in the second quarter of this year.

Here we’ve listed a few apps which allow you VoIP functions to shave the rupees off your calling bill.

Available on Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Windows Phone
Just like other apps on this list, Viber allows you to make calls over the internet to people anywhere in the world. It’s network connectivity can be a bit buggy at times though, and the quality of calls isn’t very stable. A feature called ‘Viber Out’ lets you call people who haven’t got the app, but there is a small charge. It is available on Windows and Mac PCs too.
Thumbs-up for It’s sticker collection

Available on Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Nokia Asha platform, Firefox OS, Windows Phone
Line is a Japanese application for voice calls and affords all the functions of a text chat app as well. It is available for quite a range of mobile platforms and can be used on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS computers as well. However, voice and video calls are only available on Android, iOS and PC. With over 360 million users, you can’t go wrong.
Thumbs-up for It’s multi-platform availability

Available on Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Windows Phone
Chinese messaging service WeChat is also a popular option. Although it doesn’t allow live voice chat (you have to record a voice message and send it – much like WhatsApp), you can talk “live” in a group chat. However only one person in the group can talk at a time by holdiong down a button on the screen.
Thumbs-up for It’s privacy settings – you aren’t informed when a person has seen a text, just if they are typing a response

Available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Voxer is a push-to-talk (PTT) app which mimics the workings of a walkie-talkie. You can talk live and send recorded messages to others with the app. Then there’s also the ability to send text and photos. Targeted mainly at business use, only the basic version is free.
Thumbs-up for Simultaneous recording for playback later

Available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7
Good for video and voice calls, Tango is a social-networking app that let’s you text and share photos and videos. Voice calls are only possible on Android and iOS though.
Thumbs-up for Group chat with up to 50 friends

Available on Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Windows Phone
Another voice calling app, KakaoTalk even features a few games bundled in and is available for PC as well.
Thumbs-up for Ability to talk with up to 5 friends at once

Available on Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Windows Phone
This good old service is still around, although it may not be as popular as it once was. If you have fast internet, you can make voice calls as well as video calls.
Thumbs-up for It’s large user base

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