Today, you have more options to call than you did besides the traditional landline. The phone in your hand carries multiple responsibilities apart from a calling tool, which makes WiFi calling possible. Up to now, lots of Apps for WiFi calling are available on the App market, and which ones can be used with the most ease, the lowest cost, and top privacy? This article will tell you.
Before my writing, I read lots of similar articles introducing “the best WiFi calling”. I think, however, there’s some misunderstanding on the definition of “WiFi calling”. In my mind, the applications like Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger DON’T belong to the “WiFi calling” app domain although similar functions are shared like instant communication, text message, voice message, and video messages can be sent through them.
Therefore, it’s necessary to first define “WiFi Calling” before the real article. Basically, WiFi Calling allows you to make and receive phone calls and text messages over WiFi instead of using your cellular network. This feature is available on most modern smartphones and is typically provided by your wireless carrier as a free service. Specifically, the “WiFi Calling App” mentioned in this article refers to the application used on cell phones or tablets that allows users to make phone calls based over WiFi plus a Phone Number provided by the app.
Although those apps like Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger can be used for communication based on the Internet, they fail to provide a Phone Number to users. However, a phone number is still a valuable property when it comes to significant situations like a business uprising, social media registration, etc. Therefore, all the WiFi calling Apps introduced to you in this article are really apps for calling based on the WiFi.
Compared with a traditional landline, Internet-based calling leads to lower costs because the payment isn’t needed for infrastructure or devices. As long as the internet or cellular data is obtainable, calls can be successfully made. By the way, it all depends on the advent of VOIP technology.
Generally, a calling app based on WiFi can be used to call at any time and anywhere as long as WiFi or cellular data is available. Almost all calling apps allow users to make phone calls to any number around the world, landline or cellphone, local or international. This advantage usually is the top reason for users to select WiFi calling apps with higher flexibility and more convenience. This can be especially useful if you’re in an area with poor cellular coverage but have access to a strong Wi-Fi signal, as you’ll still be able to make calls and send messages using Wi-Fi.
As one of the oldest applications for internet calling, Dingtone has gone through nearly 10 years and has been serving millions of users around the world. Yes, time explains everything. The direct reason for Dingtone’s long life and high popularity among its users lies mostly in its FREE service.
Free and Paid ($0.99 to $39.99)
Talkatone allows users to call and text via WiFi or cellular data for free without using cell minutes. It also provides a free disposable phone number.
Free and Paid ($0.99 to $12.99)
TextNow is ad-supported. Users can make free calls and texts by viewing advertisements. Users can purchase a subscription to remove the advertisements. Users can also access the free wireless network of TextNow with a one-time purchase of a TextNow SIM card, which allows users to call and text without the need for WiFi.
Free and Paid ($0.99 to $99.99)
Text Free is developed by Pinger. It offers a real US phone number for free WiFi calling and texting. It allows users to chat, call and send texts right from the phone, tablet, or web browser. It also allows free group messages. It also offers chat features where users can chat with friends on Facebook.
Free and Paid ($1.99 to $69.99)
Google Voice offers a variety of features for both personal and business use. It provides a free phone number for making texts and calls. Like other WiFi calling apps, Google Voice is free for calls to the US and Canada only, and international calls are charged. In addition, Google Voice provides voicemail, caller ID, call blocking and call forwarding services.
Free and Paid ($3.99/month)
Although the 2nd Line isn’t totally free like Dingtone, it is perfectly fit to have unlimited calls and texts to the US and Canada. Therefore, if you have business partners or potential customers in the US and Canada, it’s an optimal choice to select 2nd Line as your communication tool. A real US or Canada phone number is provided by 2nd Line and it is your second number to call/ be called and text/ be texted. Similar to Dingtone, the number is a valid one that can be used to sign up for WhatsApp or Instagram.
Free and Paid ($9.99 to $99.99)
Free and Paid ($9.99 to $99.99)
No matter which WiFi calling app introduced above is selected, it is undeniable that WiFi calling will be used increasingly more thanks to its high flexibility and low cost. As the Internet is distributed around all corners of the world, it’ll be dramatic for internet calling to become common telecommunication. Let’s wait and see!