Free phone call applications are available in four different forms:
- PC to phone programs are ones that can make a free call from your computer to a real telephone number so you don't even need a telephone yourself.
- App to phone software are ones that make free Internet calls from a mobile device to a real number. These services support making phone calls to any number, even landlines and mobile phones that aren't using the app.
- PC to PC Internet calling is when a computer makes a free phone call to another computer.
- App to app services run entirely on mobile devices and results in phone calls that can only work if the recipient has the same application installed. This method cannot be used to call landlines or other mobile phones that don't have the proper software.
To make a free call using an Internet phone, you might have to download free phone call software or use a soft phone from an Internet phone provider website.
Important: A free Internet phone cannot be used to make a 911 or similar emergency call. If you need to call 911, use a traditional land-line or mobile phone, or a VoIP telephone service that's approved for 911 use like Vonage.
Google Voice is the very best way to make free Internet phone calls. With Google Voice, you can make free calls to an actual phone number, PC to PC calls, and free PC to phone calls. Google Voice is primarily a way to manage the phone numbers in your life and can be used to intelligently route incoming calls to your free phone number provided by Google Voice to any other phone you have. With Google Voice, you can also get free SMS, make a free conference call, and get free voice mail services. Free calls you make with Google Voice must be to numbers in the United States or Canada. Google Voice is available as a mobile app (as pictured here) that works with Android, BlackBerry, and iOS users, as well as a web app that works with other mobile devices.
magicJack is an app to app and app to phone mobile application that offers a real phone number that can be used to make free Internet phone calls. You can call call other magicJack users for free anywhere in the world, call any regular telephone number in the US and Canada (including landlines) as well as other magicJack upp users. This app can also receive incoming calls from any regular telephone number in the US and Canada. magicJack users also get free voicemail.
With FreedomPop you’re able to call real telephones, like landlines and other mobile phones, anywhere in the US even if they don’t have the app on their phone. When signing up, you get to choose a phone number from any area code you wish. FreedomPop allows you to receive phone calls as well. A custom voicemail greeting is also supported. FreedomPop allows only 500 texts and 200 minutes of call time for communicating with people who don’t have the app (unlimited for those that do), but it renews every month for free. You can access the settings in the app to see how many you have remaining.
You can make free phone calls, like the other apps in this list, but you can only do so if the recipients have the app installed. This means you can’t use WeChat to call a non-smartphone, phones without the app, or landlines. In addition to phone calls, this app sends photos, texts, video clips, your location (once or live/continually), and other WeChat contacts. The app can also make video calls, group chats, and function as a walkie-talkie. There are lots of other things to mention, too, like the fact that nobody can call you unless you add them to your contact list. WeChat also uses your contact list to find other WeChat users that you can call for free, as well as your location to find nearby users to communicate with.