Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that “unlimited” cell phone plans are becoming more expensive? Sometimes I look at my monthly phone bill and I say to myself “There’s got to be a less expensive way to make phone calls.” Well there is, and being a self-proclaimed tech geek, I have the answer.
Do free phone calls sound good to you? Of course they do! Personally, I’m tired of paying for unlimited minutes that I don’t use, only to reduce my plan and then pay extra for going over my minutes. With Android VoIP apps, you never have to pay for overages or unwanted minutes. It’s not a gimmick, it is simply the next big thing in electronic communications.
What is VoIP?
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a revolutionary technology that allows users to make phone calls using the internet. This should not be confused with smart phone features that allow you to use Wi-Fi when making phone calls; that feature still uses minutes from your cell phone plan. What I’m talking about with VoIP is free phone calls, and there are a ton of free apps on both Android and iPhone platforms that allow you use 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi connections to make phone calls without the use of a conventional cell phone connection. It’s like sending an email, but with your voice.
There are several reasons why VoIP apps are a great choice for average consumers like you and me, here’s a few. For one, it’s free – need I say more. Two, you never have to worry about overages, limited minutes, or unused minutes. Third, you can eliminate your calling plan and just use data, and in doing so, avoid some of those annoying “Taxes and Fees” associated with cell minutes.
The list goes on and on, but one of most the distinct advantages of VoIP apps over traditional cell phone minute usage is the ability to make calls using your tablet, laptop, notebook, or PC. For times when your cell phone battery is low or has run out, or maybe when you just want to save on cell phone usage, VoIP is the clear-cut answer. VoIP solutions are becoming more and more popular, not just with consumers looking for cheaper bills, but also big companies looking for alternative business phone solutions.
The main reason for the big growth in VoIP is that most apps are universally available. A 2012 SEC report listed Google Inc. as having over a half-billion Android devices activated. Virtually anyone with an Android phone, and a data plan is able to download these free apps.
What are the Best Available VoIP Apps?
Skype is the most well-known of all the VoIP apps. It was the program that started the whole crazy in the first place. The free Android Skype app connects to any Skype account you’ve set up on your computer and lets you make both video and audio calls. If you have Skype credit in your account, you can also place calls to landlines from the Skype app.
Viber’s claim to fame is its excellent sound quality. While many VoIP apps deliver acceptable but choppy sound, Viber works to make its calls sound almost like you’re calling them on the phone itself. It’s easy to integrate with your regular contact list and messaging program. Use your data connection to text and call, or use wi-fi to avoid having to pay any data charges at all.
Once you install Tango, the program automatically searches your contacts list to see who has the app already and who does not. You can then text and call any of those friends through your data connection or wi-fi without using up your minutes or texts. Tango works across platforms, so even if your friends have an iPhone, you can still talk to them on your Android.
Nimbuzz works just like Skype and Tango, but in addition to working with other Nimbuzz contacts, it works with instant messaging programs like Facebook Chat, Yahoo! Messenger, and Google Talk. You can easily talk to your friends on any of those messaging programs over Nimbuzz on your data connection without worrying that it’s going to use up your minutes or texting options.
fring, with a small “F” at the beginning, has one important feature that makes it stand out against the others on this list. When you sign up, you don’t have to get a separate fring account and password. You can just connect your current phone number and start using it right away. It’s perfect for someone who is tired of keeping track of all their app log-ins.
Try VoIP Apps Today!
The message is clear—VoIP apps are the wave to the future when it comes to making free phone calls. These apps are becoming increasingly popular as customers cling to the newest and most affordable technology. So join the movement, download a VoIP app today, and experience the difference for yourself!