Our Android smartphones have more and more features and possibilities, including making free internet phone calls or cheaper prices. It is true that we do not always have WiFi available and that data packets can be more expensive than calling, however, to talk to friends abroad or in other states, these apps are the best in the Play Store at the moment.
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Google Duo – Uneconomical and below average quality
One of the great advantages of the Duo over the competition is that the application has few functions and a minimalist user interface. Despite Google's promise that the Duo works on good and bad connections, the app's experience on problem connections is awful. And that is really frustrating. Because the service is recent, Big G should improve it in future updates.
The data plan consumption per connection is really high. Using the 4G connection, in a conversation of just under five minutes, 161MB of the plan was consumed. This is without the "mobile data usage limit" enabled.
IMO – good quality but unpopular
IMO is an old application that has undergone numerous transformations. Currently, the app's flagship voice calling feature which, by the way, behaved very well during our tests. The call quality is very good, especially on Wi-Fi. To register you need to enter the phone number, and IMO allows calls to be made via VoIP to phone numbers.
imo Video Call & Chat
WhatsApp – the most popular, with reasonable quality
It's been a while since voice calls came to WhatsApp. Definitely, the strength of the application is that the user has many contacts, since we are talking about the most used messenger in the world. On the other hand, calls made by WhatsApp do not have good stability, meaning I need to be connected to a high quality network for the call to be reasonable.
Skype – the best of the moment
Most famous of all, Skype remains a great option for VoIP and video calling. Voice and video calls are free between users, and many people have Skype installed, either on their PC or on their smartphone.
You can also buy credit to make calls to landlines or mobile phones, usually at a much lower price than that practiced by operators. Skype underscores WhatsApp's practicality with the added quality of calls, which is the highlight of Microsoft's service.
Skype – IM and free video calls
Viber – calls with great quality
Probably the simplest and most intuitive of all. When you open the app, enter your phone number and an SMS arrives to validate and Viber is ready to use. As based on your mobile phone, it can identify which of your contacts have a Viber account and indicates it directly.
In addition to VoIP calls, it also exchanges text messages. Just like Skype, you can also buy landline and mobile calling credits. Call quality is on par with Skype, by the way.
Hangouts – best for group calling and live streaming
Google's chat and call app, which also allows you to purchase phone call credits. In addition to exchanging messages with other users, you can also create chat groups, video calls (individual and group) and manage SMS.
Hangouts are integrated into all Google services, such as YouTube, where users can stream group video calls in real time. best for this kind of activity, beating Periscope, including Twitter, that an app dedicated to live streaming.
Kakao Talk – Good But Limited
Not as famous as before, Kakao allows you to send text messages, images, videos, voice clips, location, individual and group VoIP calls. The big problem is the lack of users, but the application invitation system is simple and functional.
One point worth noting: the quality of voice calls is very good. Like Viber, you need a mobile number to use the app, and it also recognizes Kakao users in your contacts.
KakaoTalk: Free Calls & Text
Line – reasonable quality calls
The Japanese app has an extensive library and emoji store, messaging, voice calls and even a Timeline, similar to Facebook. It is very fast and simple to use, but has few users. You can buy or earn credits by downloading and installing sponsored apps. The quality of the calls is WhatsApp level, that is, they are quite reasonable.
LINE: Call and Free Conversation
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