There are a lot of people who use VoIP’s and SIP’s as alternatives to a carrier’s offering. A lot of time you’ll find that the rates are cheaper, and sometimes even free of charge. That said, we went into the depths of the Play Store in search for some of the best VoIP and SIP apps available, and now we’re back to share the results of that with you! As usual, if you’d prefer the video, just head to the bottom of the article.
Considering its popularity, you may have heard of Kakao Talk before. This VoIP app allows you to make calls and send text messages over a network free of charge. As per the norm, you’re going to need to sign up for an account to use the service, which means your friends will have to do the same.
Making calls and sending text messages isn’t the only thing Kakao Talk can do. You can change themes, play games, see notices, and even check out the item store. Most of these features costs money, which isn’t much of a problem. After all, the app has to support itself in some way! Besides, who doesn’t like a little customization?
You might be surprised by Tango. It’s main focus isn’t actually VoIP or SIP, as it markets itself as a social network. Regardless, you can still make free calls and texts. It also has support for picture and video messages, which makes it stand out from the rest of these apps. You can expect Tango to have the utmost quality as well. It’s won a number of awards, and the app itself boasts of having “great quality” over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi connections.
Like the majority of the apps on this list, Tango is very easy to use. Account creation is simple and navigating around the app feels very natural. Unfortunately you can only communicate with people who have a Tango account, so convincing your friends to get on board might be difficult.
Viber is yet another VoIP that allows for free calling over a network. Free calling isn’t all it can do though. You can also send messages, stickers, emoticons, and other in-app features. Like the previous apps on this list, your friends are going to need a Viber account for calls and messages to even work.
It’s also very easy to navigate around Viber and is just generally easy to use. The only negative to this app is that you need to set up your account before using SMS. It’ll be a tad annoying if you don’t have text messaging set up on your device, as you’ll have to find another way to active Viber.
VoX is one of the more simple solutions for your VoIP and SIP needs. It’s quite a simple app too. You can make calls from your VoX account, which you have to pay for. VoX keeps an extensive rate list for a variety of countries.
Besides that, you have the dialer as the main interface, and the menu button can be used to navigate around the rest of the app. In addition to making calls, there’s SMS support. Of course, by sending SMS messages minutes will be deducted from your account, which means less calling time.
Last up on our list is WiCall. Similar to VoX, this app is a dialer interface. Unfortunately it can’t send text messages, which means this app is strictly for calling. Like VoX, WiCall is a paid service, so you’re going to need to add money to your account to make phone calls. That balance is deducted when you make calls.
WiCall is very lacking in features, which means it’s quite simple and easy to learn. All you’re going to have to figure out is how to add money to your account. After that, you can simply use the dialer to call people with your WiCall number.
If you take a look at our leaderboard (image above) you can see how these apps compete with each other. As usual, we don’t rank these apps ourselves, as this is how you, the people, rated the apps on the Google Play Store. So there’s no bias on our part.
When you get to the core of it all, finding a VoIP or SIP app is all about what you’re looking to get out of it. That said, we may have missed some really good VoIP and SIP apps out there, which means we have a few honorary mentions. These include GrooVeIP, Google Voice, Skype, and MobileVoIP.
If you have a favorite, be sure to let everyone know about it in the comments below!