If you do not already know what a VoIP application is for, you will be surprised to find that it is a way to make calls without using your cell phone’s minutes and by-passing your cell phone providers call options. All VoIP calling is made through Internet use. This usually means through Wi-Fi or landline, but these applications, many are also compatible with 3G and 4G connectivity. Most of these options are free applications or branch-offs of well-known landline companies and make calling without using your own minutes easy.
Though many cell phone companies now offer unlimited calling and make you chose a data plan for internet, the opposite can be true for some “pay as you go” phones. With a VoIP application, you will still be able to make calls when your minutes are up or close to up. This is also a good option for people who need the capability of worldwide calling without having to pay the cell phone company’s price for those long-distance calls. Those minutes add up quickly and for people who need to call overseas regularly, it can be extremely expensive.
Now you may be wondering how to choose which application will be best for you or has the best features. It is always smart to do some research when looking into downloading anything on your phone because everything has different features and stipulations. However, we have found that these six applications have the highest consumer ratings and the best features available.
This application is by far the most widely recognized and well-utilized. It began with being a video chat system for computers but is now also available as an application on your phone. It has a long list of features and a large following of committed users. Though many have complaints about connectivity and typical programming issues, it is still the first option many will turn to when they need audio or video calling options. They also offer the ability to share files between users, which is a valuable feature for people who use Skype in their business relationships. Another option they offer is calling landline or mobile numbers from a computer though it costs “credit”, it is nice for those who have Skype on their phone and want to talk to someone who only has Skype on their computer. Its most attractive feature, of course, is that it is free.
This option is compatible with both Wi-Fi and 3G data options; this is a valuable feature because, with the rise of 4G popularity and availability, 3G users are limited with options. It is also compatible with the calling options available through Gmail. Its other top feature is blue tooth support. “Hands-free” features are still in high-demand and many VoIP applications do not support them. They offer talk and text options as well as emailing you when you have a voicemail.
This application is a branch off of MagicJack, which allows you to use your home phone for VoIP calling through the internet. MagicApp is available for Android and IOS, it uses Wi-Fi and GPRS to place calls. Their main appeal is the ability to make these calls worldwide without spending an arm and a leg to do so. With MagicApp, you are given a United States phone number and unlimited calls to the U.S. and Canada by way of Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G Internet.
This is also a top option for worldwide voice transferring over the Internet because it costs nothing as long as both parties are Viber clients. You can also use Viber Outgoing to connect to cell phones and landlines if that is what you have a need for. These calls do cost money and though it is a low cost, that can add up depending on the length of your call. Viber offers applications to Windows Phone, Blackberry, IOS, and Android. This means that you can connect with virtually anyone who has a smartphone and Viber as well.
Vonage is another top-name in unconventional calling options because of their commercials. Their mobile application allows you to have that convenience wherever you go. You can make video calls, voice calls, or contact another Vonage user by Wi-Fi voice transferring. Their best feature is the ability to talk to other Vonage Mobile users completely free and you can open accounts on up to 5 devices.
Google Hangouts is growing in popularity because it is incredibly versatile and free. Some of their most talked about features are sending a Gif or Emoji with your message and the ability to call a phone from your computer. You can also engage in “Group Hangouts” which means bringing many people into one conversation. Their basic options allow you to text, video chat, or talk over the Internet using your phone. However, it seems that Android users have more limits to what they can do than IOS users have, but it seems that the options available for android users are just as useable as those available for IOS. Either way, Google has a large following of loyal consumers and that number is growing more by the day.
With VoIP calling becoming more popular, it is important to decide which company is best for you. All six of these options have great consumer ratings and even better features. Many people are even using VoIP calling when working from home for call center and customer service jobs. When you are looking for remote work online, many will state that using a VoIP system is fine as a means to make and receive your calls as long as you provide proof of a stable and high-speed Internet connection.
Quite a few of these options allow you to make worldwide calls without paying a massive amount of money, in the past it was unavoidable. Now you can do it for free or nearly free. VoIP calling is opening doors for people all over the world to connect better and save money at the same time.