Best apps for free SMS and cheap international calling
Best apps for free SMS and cheap international calling
1. Google Voice
Google Voice does have its limitations though. The big one is still that it is only available to users in the US, and nowhere else. It doesn't support MMS yet, and it isn't a full VoIP solution, meaning calls you make will still use minutes from your plan, but the international rates are quite cheap. Also, voicemail transcription is pretty hilariously bad.
There are official apps for Android and iOS, and some unofficial options like GoVoice for Windows Phone.
Additionally, HeyWire does offer free messaging between HeyWire users, no matter what country you're in. The app also adds in Facebook Chat integration, and an easy option to tweet directly from the app.
The one downside is that HeyWire gives you a new phone number, so you'll have to let your friends know who you are. Some users have also complained about some delays in delivering messages, but overall it works quite well.
HeyWire is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
The more frequent knocks on Skype are that the audio quality of its VoIP calls aren't the best, and there are options that have cheaper calling rates. But, Skype is reliable, and it has some nice extra features, like Skype To Go, which lets you call an 800 number from any phone to make international calls on the Skype rates. Skype also offers an Online Number, and voicemail, which allows you to get a number that anyone can call, which will be forwarded to your Skype. This is especially nice when you're traveling internationally, because friends from home can call a local number and still get you.
Skype is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
One thing to watch out for is that while Vonage offers free calls to the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, it is only up to 3000 minutes per month, and it is listed as a limited time offer, so it may not offer free calling going forward, although that seems like a standard to keep.
Vonage is available for Android and iOS. Additionally, if you are a Vonage home customer, you can use the Vonage Extensions app for Android or iOS to get your home plan on your mobile device.
The biggest issue with fring is that the mobile apps have tended to be buggy, and performance isn't always the best. But, fring also does have the bonus of offering integration with most of the most popular chat platforms like AIM, ICQ, Facebook, MSN, Google Talk, etc.
fring is available for Android and iOS.
6. GrooVe IP
1. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
i save $240 a year, you can do the same by switching to Google Voice and dropping your unlimited texting plan...not sponsor by Google
2. ENO123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
For making international calls i have Used "Bobsled", i liked it a lot and its good too ;)
7. Ohrules (Posts: 325; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
read the full article before commenting. i'll make things easier for you
"Additionally, we haven't included popular video chat services like Viber, Tango, or Oovoo, because they don't offer international VoIP calls, those services only work if the person you want to contact also has the same app. "
4. alannyny (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)
Google Voice is good for free texts, but for talking it fails (choppy, echoes, etc.).
Skype is better for talking ... if only they included unlimited SMS in their reasonably-priced unlimited calling plans.
5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1058; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I love this post, I have been looking for such an application (free SMS) for quite some time!
And not: Google Voice is only available in the US so it's not an option for many users.
HeyWire FTW! I'll install today for sure.
8. tech-blast (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
we are missing talkatone. Thats a awesome app using google credentials calls are better than a lots of application.
9. jakalinajain12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
Really Hate a lot when we have to pay amount for sms . but now all thanks to Free SMS Services sits that we can send SMS free of cost
10. julianruso (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
I have been using VykeMobile successfully for a very long time. It has plenty of advantages over the providers listed in the article. The account is pay as you go (pre-paid) and therefore, it can be used when you need to use it, not as a monthly subscription. It can be used on WiFi, 3G, via local access number and via callback from any smartphone. It can be used from any fixed line, PC, laptop or broadband phone or feature phone with a great web callilng portal that lets you make calls and send SMS.
The apps are really user friendly and are available for all the major operating systems in the market.
I personally love one calling feature that allows you to set up calls on a local phone (landline or mobile) that I regularly use when I am abroad to avoid roaming charges. That is call@ and it is available from all their apps.
I really rate Vyke higher than the providers mentioned here.
11. Agula (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
I've been using VykeMobile for over a year after switching from some crappy international calling cards. It's a smartphone app I use for calling Europe and texting abroad, texts are only 4p to any country, and calls are charged 9pence per hour to most European countries so it's great if you like talking, if not, you can switch to per minute billing, still quite cheap. Really recommend!!
12. Samoslo (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
If you looking for an app to make very cheap international calls, sending sms cost almost nothing... and save money on roaming while you are traveling ... then you must try VykeMobile.... I been using this app since 2006 and i have seved lots of money on making national and international calls.. you have to try it...
13. MiddleEast (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
I agree with you guys about the VykeMobile... awsome app,
there are 5 different services in one app (calling, texting, conecting calls, making calls from web, making calls from pc dailler..) and the rates are so cheap... and i have heard that in the near future vykemobile users can text each others for free!!
i love this app..
14. jimbo-6930 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
VykeMobile really is the most reliable and most diverse calling app. The app is easy to use, the rates are incredibly cheap and the quality is very good. I have tried three of the apps reviewed here and VykeMobile wins hands down
15. philippines01 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
A friend recommended VykeMobile to me a couple of days ago but I never got around to trying it until I saw it on the Opera speed dial. I must say that it has made my life a lot easier because I can use it in a number of platforms! (iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, and their website which can set up calls).
I did a quick comparison with the prices of Skype and they are actually so much cheaper. In fact, they have a dedicated webpage showing the Skype rates against theirs. I cannot recommend VykeMobile enough! Try it and you will love it!!
16. chamseddin (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Vyke mobile gives me cheap rates with a v good quality . I am using this smart application on my iPhone .i tried a lot of application like Skype and other but the best one is vykemobile . And most of my friends said the same when they try it .
17. m_patel (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)
I have been using VykeMobile for years to call family and friends abroad. Calling starts at only 9p per hour and SMS is only 4p. Their mobile app is really fantastic :) Check out their website (vyke.com) and I'm sure u'll agree!
18. expertsms (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)
i been using the vykemobile application since last year... awsome app, secure , no marketing banner on the app,... cheap rates ..fantastic qaulity... and very modern way of calling,...
19. samvel (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
I am using AVTMobile app for making international calls. It is so easy to use, rates are very cheap, quality is super. This app become one of my favorite iPhone apps.
20. gopalkrishna (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
International call leaves a big hole in my pocket and makes me readjust my monthly expenditue again and again...Hope to get some new apps to make those calls at cheap rates.
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21. Traveler-apps (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=Android.Freeje - must be here
Freeje is the first application ever which consist of 7 useful services combined in one great application.
1. Connection of local phone numbers available in 90 countries (more than 6000 cities around the globe) With ability to receive your calls on your Android-device, being in any country.
2. You will receive two numbers for free. One of them USA land line, the other non-geographic international number iNum right after you install full Freeje version.
3. International calls for reasonable price regardless of the country you are staying. Even without internet connection.
4. Ability to choose CallerID for outgoing calls.
5. Your own “pocket” mini-PBX for call processing.
- manage direct numbers;
- сonditional call redirection for few directions;
- redirection on Skype;
- voice mail;
6. Calls on Skype without WiFi or 3G connection;
7. Automatic or manual selection of optimal type of call depending on availability and quality of internet connection of your device (Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS, GSM-only):
-using SiP protocol (internet)
-CallThrough (automatically via local access number)
-using regular GSM
-auto-registration, there is no need to register manually.
-auto user detection when changing SiM card, if you replacing your SiM or in case you lost your phone;
-we accept all types of electronic and real money payments;
-live full time support help available by pressing “SOS”
22. Frank1986 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)
Try wOnefone, wOnefone converts international calls into local ones. Unlike other free calling providers, you don't need to be connected to WiFi and you don't use up all your data as wOnefone only uses a tiny amount for the call connection – the rest of your call is totally mobile! wOnefone to wOnefone calls are always free in over 63 countries. Calls to any other international destination are charged at super low rates.