8 Free Apps To Make Free Calls On Android

July 23, 2011

    With the arrival of Viber into the Android Market, making free calls with your Android phone is becoming easier and better. Carriers might be putting a choke hold on unlimited data plans but that doesn’t mean that you’re losing out. Free WiFi hotspots are still popping up everywhere plus you’ve still got free WiFi at home and in your office. Heck, you might even have one of those free cell phones the government gives out. The best part is free international calls using free apps! Let’s round them up, shall we?

     

    1. Fring

    Fring has a lot going for it, from calls to chat to video calling. This app lets you add other communication services from AOL to Google Talk as well as connecting with your phone book, letting you talk with anyone on just one app.

    Of course, the catch for free calls is that the other party needs to have Fring on their phone, which isn’t a problem since it is available not only for Android, but also on iOS, Nokia and via a mobile browser. Their newest feature is being able to video call with up to four people at a time over any data connection. It’s fun to try out but a bit choppy.

    You can also call to regular phones by buying some credits so you can talk to landlines and feature phones locally and abroad.

    2. Nimbuzz

    Nimbuzz is like a swiss army knife for calls and messages. Bring over friends from Facebook, ICQ and yes, even MySpace. You can make free calls once they’re on Nimbuzz, as well as free texts and free video, photo and music sharing. It works on almost every phone out there from Android to iPhone, from BlackBerry to feature phones that can run Java apps. It’s also available on the desktop so you can call people over your laptop or on your Mac.

    While it might not have any fancy video calls, you can still use it to make regular calls using credits and it also has a webchat feature if you want to connect with friends using other computers (like when at an internet cafe).

     

    3. Qik

    If the spotlight of video beckons to you, Qik delivers. Not only can you make one-on-one calls, you can also broadcast videos live as well as drop in on video feeds of your friends. This app, of course, needs the other party to have Qik installed, which is available on Android and iOS and other phones. You can also share videos to a myriad or other services like YouTube, Facebook and more. Just remember that for calls, this works best with a front-facing camera.

     

     

    4. Skype

    Any free calling list is never complete without the ever-ubiquitous Skype. It actually has verb status, with Skyping becoming synonymous to calling over a computer. While it did start its service using computers, mobile has benefited greatly by the many apps the company has released. You can call almost any computer and any phone for free provided they have Skype, and most do since this is almost a requirement for any device.

    If you want to call regular phones, Skype also has you covered and all you need is to buy credits (a bit pricey though compared to Fring). The Android app allows you to add your contacts so you can call them through Skype or send them IMs. In select Android phones, you can even make video calls.

     

    5. Tango

    This was the go to video call app for many who were snubbed by Skype not letting calls over 3G. Tango lets you make voice or video calls using your Android phone using any data connection you might have. It takes the best video calls around, being good enough to be featured on TV several times. And yes, it’s free if both you have Tango (since it does take two for it to work, as the saying goes).

     

    6. Tru App (formerly Truphone)

    The difference between this and other calling services is that Tru offers its own SIM card. That means you can buy a SIM and don’t need to worry about high roaming charges or finding free hotspots, and you also get to keep your existing number. If you don’t want to shell out for that, the Android app is free and you can call other Tru users, even those on Skype and Gtalk.

     

    7. Viber

    Ported over from iOS, this is one of the most straightforward free call apps out there. Install it and it scans your address book, connecting you with other Viber users without the need for silly usernames and email verifications. Your user ID is your phone number.

    You can go ahead and put it in your home screen since you not only can make free calls to other Viber users, you can also send messages to them, make regular SMS and calls and even email right from Viber. The one thing Viber is proud of is its call quality: very clear audio with no lags, as if you were using your regular line. This is one app you need on your Android.

     

    8. Yahoo Messenger (needs this plugin for calls)

    Yahoo might not be big in other parts, but it’s still big in Asia. Their messenger app is the IM avenue of choice for many in this part of the globe and the Android app is no different. If you have Froyo on your phone, you can initiate calls (make sure you install the plugin above) and even video calls from their app. On top of that, Yahoo can send free international SMS, chat with FB friends and more.

     

    9. ooVoo

    An eagle-eyed commenter pointed out this app. It sets itself apart by giving you 6-way video calling over 3G or 4G (not free) and group video chatting (free). ooVoo, like other apps, is free and hands out free calls to other users. It only has a shortlist of supported phones though but I think they’re working on expanding that. And if you have a website or blog, you can put a link there so people without ooVoo installed can still call you over the web.

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    • Jeremy

      You forgot ooVoo.

    • http://rootandroid.net Root Android

      I usually use Skype.

    • http://memokitchen.com Glenn Santos

      Thanks Jeremy! Added that to the list.

    • Bshamshir

      You forgot grooveip

      • Drunkfux

        groove ip no longer works unless you have a google voice in the US for calling in the US or canada Only… since free voicecalls went down for anyone on google…

        • slushee

          just installed groove ip today, on my android device. I live in canada and can call canada and US free, I just don’t have a number people can call me at. As far as I can tell its still working just fine.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dagfinn.kristiansen Dagfinn Kristiansen

      I was a happy GTalk-user on my N900, i got voice and video calls without problem. On my new GalaxySII I lost that function.

    • Thedoors

      netTalk is free to call any phone in the US they dont even need to have the app

    • Swag

      Are there any apps for calling anyone for free even if they don’t have the app other than netTalk

      • pepito321

        VOX IS OFFERING 60 mins free to all international, yes.

      • Bilal

        yes Bobsled

      • Brian Cai

        Upptalk

    • http://profiles.google.com/gdwarner Greg Warner

      How many of the above can actually make free calls to land lines? I use groove ip.

    • R Nair

      To make voip calls from your mobile to landline in another country – What works for me is this – Nokia E series and voip calling cards – almost any software works on an E. Like e72, e71 etc. Near landline clarity, minimal lag. Gloriously stuck with E series for some time, even for other reasons. However, I would consider changing to galaxy or blackberry if the same cheap and simple voip software to call landline was available there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Androiidtko Marlon Tico

      it nimbuzz it supports at Costa Rica… I have and Nexus S

    • Circa Dtm

      Line2 will generate a ”cell number” for your app, letting you choose your own location for the area code, so you can call and recieve calls from/to other cell phones and landlines (does not require them to have the app). i found it to be the best app out there, but its only a 7 day trial.. crack the trial to a full version and you have the best app out..

      • RashadPoston36

        How Do U Do That Crack It

        • Bryan

          Download 4Shared and you can download any paid app for free!

          • Adam2323

            An easier way is simply to pay for the app rather than making the developers work for free.

            • johnd16s

              ok smartass, why dont you pay for me.

    • Circa Dtm

      also good about line2, you dont need to have service. it works off wifi. ive been making free calls+texts with my phone not even hooked up to metro yet. very nice

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635341430 Rafay Ahmed

      Is these all apps for my nokia e72 ??

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635341430 Rafay Ahmed

      I want viber and tango for my nokia e72 ???? is any possiblity ?

    • http://aaqil.co.uk Aaqil Mahmood

      Viber, Skype are my choices

      • Trevous

        Viber stopped working in UAE

        • Sohail Amer

          Then use hotspot sheild

    • http://aaqil.co.uk Aaqil Mahmood

      Viber, Skype are my choices

    • G.I Joe is a Hoe fo Sho

      The best app is nettalk. you can call landlines and cellphones over wifi for free. All you have to do is make an account on their website and sign in on your phone with that account. ive been using it to make prank calls lately because it shows a number from california in the caller id…hehehe but its awesome :)

      • islevegan

        That’s the best way to screw up a good thing. Prank calls from a free, anonymous service; so the people that need it cannot get it. That’s what will happen eventually. A few abusers screws up a good thing for others; it happens on many fronts.

      • mohit

        but they can trace us or not

    • Zfr_zafar

      hi is there necessary credit to make free calls to usa and canada?
      i want to make call usa and canada, but it could not be possible,

    • Starsfromheaven4

      Is their an app for free calls n texts, w/out number. I tryed google voice but having trouble, also tryed tango n line

    • Jessicafrostheart

      i DONT UNDERSTAND. THE APPS ARE GREAT BUT THE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER END CANT CALL BACK!

    • Ashley

      I hate it

    • Ashley

      I dis stupid app

    • Ashley Guidry

      Stupid app

    • Arjun L

      Is there any app which offer free international calling to any mobile, any landline, in any country or most of the countries without the other person need to install the app ?

      • stephen

        yes if you have anything you can download apps on BESIDES a andriod device go to http://www.textnow.com

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000183766138 Peter G Lesperance

        Yes MagicJack

        • anthony

          magic jack will only work for Us and Canada

    • Trevous

      Apart from Skype non of the above work(Voice) in UAE, voip is blocked, is there any way out for Android devices.

      • pepito321

        VOX IS a voip ap, thats free 60 mins worldwide!! MARKET.ANDROID.COM

    • Rich Hacker

      Free call anywere in the world
      http://anytinkz.blogspot.com/

    • pepito321

      IVE BEEN using the free 60 min app for international calling from VOX COMMUNICATIONS, seems god at the moment whats the catch??

    • Kayla Williams

      some girl was telling me about an app that u can text and call on without wi-fi and i dont know what i was called do anyone know

      • Jammajimbob

        thats immpossible.

      • talkatone user

        Talkatone is a free app…makes free calls to landlines and cell…no need for wifi but then u must use your data…not the greatest sound quality but keeps my peak minutes down

      • http://www.facebook.com/ty.muarada Ty Muarada

        tru app you can do that ut it costs money jsut not alot

      • stephen

        i think that app is called textplus or text2got

    • ronak

      bobsled is the greatest software ever…

    • Mamapeanut Jgw

      Text+ is free for all sms and starts you off with 10mins free just got it. Voice is bunk, but messaging for free on wifi only to a non text+ user without problems

    • Ozric182

      skype doesnt work properly on android 2.3…its a great shame…i hear microsoft now owns skype which has now made it pretty rubbish

    • Sohail Amer

      I need a messenger which doesn’t need WIFI or Charges Money…

      • Michelle

        Viber, you can use it with your mobile internet. But nothing is going to be completely “free”. It’s either going to use wifi, mobile internet or calling credit. Duh.

    • Brooke

      You forgot Kakao. It’s huge in Asia right now.

    • Debbiethiel

      hhusband is drilling in Alaska and has no cell service, but in their camp they have wifi. What app would we use so he can make call home from his cell

    • Cristobomj

      I have just bought a mobii 7 inch tablet android 2.3. I am very dissapointed because most apps do not work with it. Can somebody help me find a suitable free call app? Thank you

      • Just me

        Can you use textplus? It works for androids and is free text and calls and picture messaging

        • teddy

          No its not free u have to download and subscribe to games and shit for min

    • Rissa Hart

      @065340964c24dedc0566d963009c9ca5:disqus im trying to get the 4shared app now but which app do i get there are like 3 different ones and then how do i use it ti download the paid apps for free????

    • Sahid

      It’s difficult to find an app to call to landlines or mobiles or international for free, but I found this great android app you can make calls cheaper then many voip apps I have been trying. Search on google play “Boss Revolution” hopefully they’ll have iphone App soon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/livenloveas21 Robert Kelly

      I need an free wifi cell calling app for Cricket Communications Zte X500, can anyone help?

    • jcatrademarkuae

      Much useful information for making the free calls to android developers via 8 different social networking sites. I was finding this type of information still around 5-7 days now i am getting it..

    • riskia189

      Is there an app (besides bobsled which sucks and dose not work for me) that you can call someone using wifi with no service on your phone and call another person who is also using wifi that also has no service on their phone? one where you can call users for free without having actual phone service on either phone. No international calls, just local US calls

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamess.gurl.143 Heidi Jenkins

      are there any apps that allow you to call anyone, not just other users of the same app, for free over wifi.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000183766138 Peter G Lesperance

        MagicJack app allows this

        • Rajula

          wonderful – indeed magicjack serve purpose which none of the app listed below does :)

      • ahmedmild

        text me…but u have to earn minutes by completing their offers

      • Maikl Belichenko

        Freeje – cheapest international calling app for android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=Android.Freeje

      • Munz

        yes, but its for biz purpose. caller no need to download app, clicksandconnect.com offer you free call.

      • Miles

        I have been looking something like this for a day. And I got yuilop! It can text and call to us phones for free. Recommend!

      • Hatém
      • Brian Cai

        Upptalk gives you free calls to anybody and also text to. You can also get your own area code too,

    • http://www.facebook.com/jasbond Matthew Greenaway

      One of the weirdest layouts I’ve seen for the titles, who puts them underneath the images? Just confusing.

    • pitchperfectrox

      or textplus. it gives you a number.

    • Nhiocca

      Hi!
      I’m in Italy and I need a way to call (video chat or even only sound) someone in Spain. I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace with android 2.3. Which is the best programme to do it?
      thanks.
      Great post!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000183766138 Peter G Lesperance

      Well for absolutely free calls no credits needed you need to add the MagicJack app even if you don’t have a magic jack you will get a free american number and calling is free except the cost of kilobytes no credits needed if you have a magicjack at home as I do I can bring my home phone with me where ever I go using the app the problem I am finding is at some guest Wifi spots, I can’t seem to get connected this is what brought me to this site looking for an app like this for them rare instances that the MJ cant connect.

    • Paula

      is there an app that will let people call you for free ? not only you call them but let them call you ??

      • paula

        But too download on a computer ?

      • Sparkle

        ePhone. Compleatly free and works with wifi also the other person doesn’t have to have the app . no need fir filling out survays or offers for muintes ither it is just 100% free great app for calling

      • Faraz

        Viber

    • http://www.facebook.com/WavviDamianfresh Damian Lawrence

      thnks

    • kim kim

      Hey Im In Jamaica And I want To Call My Friends In England Does Anyone Know Any Free App I Can Use To Call Them, Please Help

    • roma

      use WeChat, amazing app && it’s addicting, share your photos to facebook. free chat & video call

    • Munz

      ANYONE who want to do biz offering Free Call to customer and BEST part without downloading apps, may email me : munzlok@yahoo.com or 90% learn from http://www.clicksandconnect.com

    • moose

      With all these free apps how come there no app like Google talk. there you can see who is on line or mobile.but now Google is no more.I miss that feature. help please!!

    • Sheikh Abdul Awal

      is there any App which is working on EDGE network? Because we don’t have 3G, 4G and wifi

    • Sheikh Abdul Awal

      Is there any App which is working on GPRS or EDGE network only?

    • Shaf

      guys I need a help. i have internet. but i want to call anywhere or most of the countries to their mobile no from my internet for free. Is there any app for android like this. Can anyone help me?

    • Kishore

      This post listing to call from PC and Phone to Anywhere in the world. Worth to have a look.
      http://mashtips.com/call-through-internet/

    • kenny

      how do one make free calls with android in Nigeria

    • B Smith

      Does anyone know of an app where I can make international calls for free?

    • Achu

      is thr any appp for making free call without internet connection

    • Hatém
    • Mahuku

      I have been using talkatone for over a year to make outbound calls on my ipad.

    • Brian Cai

      Upptalk works too

    • YOLO swag

      I would like them to use apps that allow you to call for free and the person that you call does not have to have the app

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