Top 5 Free Texting and Calling Apps 2019: Pros and Cons

Here are the top 5 free call apps available today. We have filtered through dozens of available free call services and recommended the best.

With more than 100 free call services and the global internet connection, the world has grown into a small tech village. Communication has become easier than ever and you can communicate with someone who is several continents away by just dialing their contacts. Wait, it is for free! All you need to get in touch with your friends, family, and workmates are a reliable internet connection.

The evolution of mobile networks has seen the development of Voice over Internet Protocol otherwise known as VoIP. The VoIP works magic by allowing you to make phone calls using the broadband network instead of the initial old-school copper lines. Apart from making connectivity easier and reliable, VoIP has greatly reduced the costs needed to maintain and run the communication infrastructure.

These developments have led to the creation of numerous free call apps. It is, therefore, a pain in the neck trying to select the perfect one by filtering through dozens of options. In these, the article we will go through the top 5 free call apps available, their features, pros, and cons.

 

1. Skype

Skype for free call apps

Skype is a product of Microsoft office and one of the widely used free call apps. Skype was among the earliest video texting and Calling apps to introduce an enabled to video call feature. The application has been improved and renovated over time to attain the level of greatness which it deserves.

With Skype, callers can contact each other on their mobile phones, tablets and computer devices with working sound input adapters. The devices should be able to connect to the internet, should have a high-quality camera, and a reliable sound input system. The application is very reliable on mobile phones and tablets.

Using Skype is very easy, first of all, you will be required to log into your Skype account if you don’t have one just create it. Remember as a product of Microsoft, you can log into Skype using your Microsoft account. Calls to other Skype account holders are free of charge, just add them to your contacts list and call them. However, if you are going to call real phone numbers, you are required to buy credits which will cost you some money. Another drawback is that Skype is only available for Android devices.

Skype : Pros

  • Offers free calls to Skype accounts
  • It is compatible with android devices

Skype : Cons

  • Requires credit for calls to non-Skype accounts
  • Only available for Android devices
  • The service is frequently on and off.

2. Viber

 Viber for free call app

Viber is another free call app. Viber was developed by Microsoft exclusively for mobile phones. Luckily the app is now available on both mobile phones, tablets, and Microsoft enabled computers. The application requires installation before use and should have a reliable internet connection. Viber requires access to manage your calls, camera, contacts and record audio. You will also have to give it access to manage your cards if you are going to load credit on to it.

You can text, make voice calls and video calls via Viber. Like Skype, Viber only allows you to make free calls to other Viber accounts. Call to direct numbers require credit, but that should not be a problem as they offer pocket-friendly rates worldwide through Viber out service. Viber has rivalled Skype in its efficiency as its site is frequently updated and it experiences fewer breakdowns.

Viber : Pros

  • Can be used on mobile, Tablets and computers
  • Has cheaper rates for Viber out of service calls

Viber : Cons

  • Can only connect to Android-powered phones and tablets.
  • Only offers free calls to Viber accounts


3. Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Facebook stole the hearts of its users since its inception in 2005 and further by introducing Facebook messenger service in 2008 and later upgrading it to the current messenger in 2010. Facebook messenger standout of other free messaging services as it is available for both Android and iOS operating systems.

The Facebook Messenger app allows users to send chats, photos, voice notes and attachments. Furthermore, you can make free calls to other Facebook users who have the messenger app. The calls can either be voice or video calls in real time.

Facebook messenger did not feature voice calls until 2013 and it introduced video calls in 2016. Apart from free calls, you can make calls to real numbers after purchasing credits.

Facebook Messenger : Pros

  • Is available for both Android and iOS devices
  • Can be accessed through Tablets, phones and computers.
  • Has a very efficient system which rarely experiences breakdowns

Facebook Messenger : Cons

  • Cannot make free calls to real numbers

4. WhatsApp messenger

WhatsApp messenger

WhatsApp messenger is another wonderful product from Facebook. Unlike Facebook messenger, WhatsApp is a standalone app and does not use the same contacts and details as facebook. WhatsApp is available for all operating; Ios, Android, Symbian, Blackberry and windows.

With WhatsApp, you can make video calls and video calls to contacts for free. This is the biggest difference between WhatsApp and other free call platforms; you can dial the real number of the receiver as long as they have WhatsApp installed on their device. WhatsApp also allows you to send text messages, attach files and folders or share photos.

WhatsApp is only available for mobile phones and tablets. You can also access your account from one device at a time.

WhatsApp messenger : Pros

  • Available for all operating systems
  • Can be accessed via mobile and tablets

WhatsApp messenger : Cons

  • Can only be logged into one device at a time
  • Must be installed to function
  • Does not offer credit calls to non-WhatsApp members

5. Line

Line for all operating systems

The line might not be as famous as WhatsApp but it is as efficient. Users can send messages; send voice calls and audio free to other Line users. This can be done on mobile phones, tablets, computers and laptops. These devices should have a reliable voice input system as well as a functioning camera.

Line, being the largest social network in Japan, can run on all operating systems; iOS, Windows, Firefox, Android, Blackberry and Nokia Asha. It requires users to create accounts through which they can make free calls to other users. Unlike Skype, FB messenger and Viber, Line do not offer credit calls to non-members.

Line : Pros

  • Available for all operating systems
  • Can be accessed from multiple devices; phones, tablets and computers

Line : Cons

  • Does not offer credit calls to non-members
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As we have seen the above free call services are the best as they are widely available around the globe. Select your favorite and save yourself some money.

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