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Top 5 cheap international calling apps you can swear by

June 9, 2014 by Omar Sohail

Not long ago, if you had the intention of calling your loved ones who were living miles away from you, the call would end up becoming an expensive conversation on your part or in other cases inaccessible. Now, thanks to emergence of smartphones, cheap international calling apps and the ever metamorphic, innovative change that technology always seems to be coming out with, you will be able to call your family, talk to them for hours, and never worry twice about the bill. To aid the user in making such calls, here is a roundup of five cheap international calling apps that you can swear by. All of them offer great rates and service; it is just up to you which one you’d find more accommodating to your needs.

1. Viber out

Viber Out

Viber out is an extended platform to the already popular and widely known Viber app. With over 300 million registered users, there is no denying the level of service that this app serves to users. Only recently, Viber got outsourced to the PC platform, which will make things for its competitors rather difficult.

Pros

  • Multi based platform; present on the Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Mobile operating systems as well as supported applications for Windows and MAC.
  • HD sound quality when making calls to the recipient.
  • Multimedia sharing will include photos, videos, voice messages, locations, stickers and emoticons.
  • Groups with up to 100 participants can be made.
  • Additional feature of downloading stickers from the Sticker Market, which will end up making a conversation even more exciting.
  • Push notifications will guarantee that the user will never miss a message or call, even when the application is turned off.
  • Viber out allows additional flexibility by purchasing credit to make calls to friends and loved ones. The application is present on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems with future support to other platforms coming very soon.
  • Users wishing to purchase credit to make calls can choose to pay from a variety of methods, which range from Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal. All payments are processed through WorldPay and are completely secure. User can also purchase credits using the in-app purchase option on their mobile device.
  • The auto top-up feature present in Viber out will automatically recharge your account with when your balance falls below $2 so that you never run out of credit.

Cons

  • Registering for Viber can be difficult as users do not receive the code immediately.
  • Occasionally calls do not connect with the user and the recipient and even if the call does manage to connect, the call quality is extremely poor at times.
  • The application can end up utilizing a huge chunk of system resources which can end up lagging your phone.
  • Battery hungry application, especially when it is left in the background to run.  
  • Video calls can only be made from the desktop application, not the mobile application.

2. Skype

Skype

Perhaps one of the oldest calling application in existence and a forerunner of the other calling apps. Skype was acquired by Microsoft for a mammoth price of $8.5 billion, which obviously tells you something about the app’s worth.

Pros

  • Multi based platform; present on the Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Mobile operating systems as well as supported applications for Windows and MAC.
  • Multimedia sharing will include photos, videos, voice messages, locations, stickers and emoticons.
  • Users can easily find all their friends and family in an instant, by typing a username and password.
  • Skype also provides low cost calls to mobiles and landlines and users can call any one on the planet at any given time.
  • Video recording capabilities Record life’s everyday moments and share them with the people who matter most, with free and unlimited video messaging over Skype.
  • Purchasing Skype credit can be done over a variety of methods. In addition, users can opt to purchase credit specifically according to the currency they desire to purchase in.

Cons

  • Even though the update logs of the application suggest that the battery issue encountered by users has been eliminated, thousands of users are still facing the battery issue.
  • The app does not allow you to have all contacts from your phone directory placed in to your Skype directory. The only contacts that are present in your Skype directory are the ones that are added from within the app itself or taken from your email account.
  • Uploading multimedia to the recipient takes a very long time. On several occasions, calls are not connected in a single go and the recipient waits incessantly in order for the call to connect.
  • Majority of the times, when the user wants to commence a video call, the recipient is unable to view the feed. Rebooting the device or restarting the entire system resolves this issue, but it is something that users can live without.

3. WePhone

Wephone

Yet another application made for the iOS and Android operating system, WePhone allows users to make low cost international calls to their loved ones at extremely competitive rates.

Pros

  • The app is ad free, which means that you will not encounter fluttering advertisements that you always erroneously seem to press.
  • No account registration is required.
  • The user is given 30 cents of free credit to get started with making cheap international calls.
  • Users can opt to record their audio calls if they desire.
  • When wanting to purchase additional credit, users can pay as they go with Google Wallet.
  • There is absolutely no expiration dates for the credit. If you have purchased them once, they will stay there till the end of time.

Cons

  • Extremely battery hungry application. Bugs need to be addressed by developers.
  • The app sometimes delivers very poor call quality service, even after paying credit for it.
  • Interface can get a bit frustrating and the user will have to navigate around quite a bit to get used to the app.
  • Lack of customer support.

4. fooCall

Foo Call

If you ever had the need to make an international call to your friends and family, the fooCall will do your bidding for you perfectly.

Pros

  • The app is very simple to use. Users can choose an international destination from their contacts and call as they would normally do. FooCall routes the call to a local number and then automatically to the users’ international destination, without the users having to do anything different.
  • Local numbers are just regular landline numbers, so if the user has inclusive minutes to landlines, this part of the call would be completely free. FooCall then charges the user an incredibly low rate for the international part of their call.
  • Call can be connected from anywhere; even on the move and the quality is crystal clear.
  • Free credit is given to users when they use the app for the very first time.

Cons

  • Sometimes the calls deliver a delay, which ends up dismantling the experience of the user.
  • User interface can improve for both iOS and the Android operating system, which will end up creating flexibility for the user.

5. Yello

Yello

One of the more popular and cheapest calling app out there on the PlayStore and Apple’s AppStore, Yello has possibly everything that a cheap calling app should have. Yello delivers the level of service that every user requires and it is constantly updating itself according to the users’ requirements.

Pros

  • Clear call quality while using the app.
  • Users can choose to send a wide range of multimedia items such as photos, audio messages and video clips.
  • The contact directory in your smartphone will automatically appear in the contact directory of Yello.
  • The Yello app can hold audio conferences which allow you to talk to other friends at the same time.
  • The call waiting feature allows two separate conversations to be held at the same time.
  • Registering on Yello for the first time will avail free credit to users, allowing them to make calls and send free texts to any country in the world and that too at extremely cheap rates.
  • Push notification system allows users to receive texts and call notifications.
  • For smartphone top-ups, users need to go to the respective stores and make the payments through Visa or MasterCard accordingly.

Cons

  • User interface can get a bit used to navigating through, especially for new users.
  • Battery draining app that consumes quite a bit of system resources, which slows down the smartphone.
  • Requires a PIN code insertion, which does not always get sent to the user’s phone number in a single attempt but now it’s getting modified as users will be facilitated to register using their email addresses as well so no PIN code will be required.
  • If you do not receive the PIN code, you just need to click on ‘I didn’t get the code’ and an anonymous call will be generated to your mobile number which will tell your PIN Code. This, approach takes quite a bit of time.
  • Even though Yello offers some great rates, users can only avail credit through the payment processing medium PayPal if topping up through website. This will present some problems to the user because not all countries support the facilitation of PayPal.

There you have it folks, the 5 best cheap international calling apps at your disposal. Their pros and cons have been listed to make your decision faster and easier. Download the one that best suits your purpose and start using these cheap international calling apps to make cheap international calls today. 

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