Making calls with your mobile carrier has it’s advantages like consistency and versatility. Lemme explain that part:
No matter what mobile band you are on: whether 2G,3G or LTE, you are sure of getting if not excellent reception, at least you have usable network. The main issue is the call rates your mobile network carriers charge you. But, what if you could make calls, relatively free? At fixed rates to people whether local or international? Well, this list comprises the best apps to make free calls on Android. So, goodbye to insane call charges!
For these apps, you need to be on a stable internet connection to ensure the best call experience and avoid lags. I would recommend at least a stable 3G network if LTE is unavailable. For premium experience, a WiFi network would more than suffice. Enough, intro, let’s get to it.
BEST APPS TO MAKE FREE CALLS ON ANDROID
This obviously is the first choice for a number of reasons.
- Availability on both mobile and desktop platforms
- You can call mobile numbers directly using Skype credits
- No extra charges on international calls
- Support for group chat.
Skype has been around for a while now ad has been as they say “tried and trusted”. You can check out Skype for your android device on the Play Store.
Check out the desktop version of Skype.
Viber is an IM app that also supports texting and VOIP. Viber’s design is quite simple but is as efficient as the competition.
FEATURES OF VIBER
- Voice calling to viber users
- Texting to viber users
- Group creation of 200 participants maximum
- Calling to non-viber users using Viber Out.
You can download Viber for your mobile device from the Play Store.
Tango has been around for a while now – specifically since 2009. So, it goes without saying that with their wealth of experience, they allow for easy and pretty satisfactory calling and texting.
KEY FEATURES OF TANGO
- Calling and texting other Tango users for free.
- Free Video calls
- Support for multimedia like audio and video files
- Support for in-app online games
3. GOOGLE HANGOUTS
Google hangouts is Google’s very own texting and calling app. As you would expect it is packed with a whole lot of rich features. One of them is the fact that it integrated 3 product features into one. Apart from that, it is set as the default messaging app on Android 5.0 and higher.
FEATURES OF GOOGLE HANGOUTS
- Free voice and video calling for hangout users
- Texting to hangout and other Gmail users
- Group video calling for up to 10 people
- Send multimedia files and locations.
- Calling non-hangouts numbers for a small fee – read full details here.
Hangouts is available on multiple platforms – Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Web browsers. Although for you to use it on web browsers, you need to install extensions. Try out Google Hangouts for Android.
4. FACEBOOK MESSENGER
Well, it goes without saying that Facebook has one of the biggest user bases out there. So, there is a high chance that whoever you want to call via the app has it installed. The only thing missing is the fact that this app is not number based, so you cannot directly call someone who doesn’t have app. Unlike Google Hangouts or Skype. Facebook Messenger is available on multiple platforms: Android, iOS, web browsers – You don’t need any special plugins or extensions, just log on to the website and you’re good to go.
FEATURES OF FACEBOOK MESSENGER
- Free video and voice calling to users of Facebook Messengers.
- Free texting
- Group chat
- Sharing of location
Go ahead and install Facebook Messenger from the Play Store and get access to these features.
Voxox is set apart from the others I mentioned above because of one neat feature. Else, it’s pretty much the same as every other VOIP app out there.
FEATURES OF VOXOX
- Free voice calls
- Free texting to Vovox users
- Sharing multimedia files and location via chat.
Remember the neat little feature? Well, it’s in the form of a bonus when you sign up and install the app. You get $1 free credit to call non-Voxox users. It might not be much, but none of the competition does this, so kudos Voxox.
For some reason, Voxox is no longer on the Play Store, but we still got the apk for you. Download Voxox here.
Well, there they are; I’m sure there are a lot more of them and we will keep updating this list as we learn of new of new apps that let you make calls over the internet rather than via your mobile carrier. You would also realise that the apps listed offer free texting too. If you want a more concise list, check out best apps for texting on Android.
Which of the apps listed above do you use for calling? Which is your favorite? Is yours not on the list? Well, let us know which you use and we will be sure to add it.