There is a multitude of calling apps for smartphones, but how can you choose the best one for you? The answer lies in whether or not you need to make international calls.
There are only a handful of smart phone apps that allow you to make free or cheap international calls, so you have to choose the right one for your needs. One of these apps is called Fring, and it is free to download for Android and iOS.
About Fring :
Fring is a calling app that allows you to make phone calls, send SMS text messages, and video chat. The only catch is that free calls can only be made to recipients who also use Fring, which is not a huge problem since Fring has roughly 40 million users. However, you can also invite anyone to download Fring with a text message invitation from the service.
Making international calls are easy with Fring, but it is not free is the user has not also downloaded the Fring application on their Android or iOS smart phone. Calls to international landlines or non-Fring users start at a rate of one cent per minute, and can steadily increase from there.
Conveniently, the Fring website has a search tool that allows you to check international call rates. All calls on FringOut, the service’s outgoing call feature, start at one cent per minute if the number is not also registered with the service. These can be either domestic or international calls, at the provided rate.
For example, calling from the United States to a Germany mobile number, with Fring, is possible at a rate of 8.5 cents per minute. Calling a German landline is only 1 cent per minute. But if the number you are calling is also registered with Fring, you can call that number for free, wherever in the world it is located.
For this reason, Fring can be a great tool to use on business trips. Making free video calls from abroad to another Fring user is a convenient way to conduct a business meeting. It allows for up to four-way group video chatting.
Also, Fring can be used by students studying abroad to call home and to keep in touch with friends and family. The recipients of the call do not need a special phone number; they are stored in the address book normally. Also, the Fring user does not need to memorize dialing codes, they only need to make sure their call recipient also has Fring.
The Fring interface is very clean. It is simple to find what the buttons you are looking for, and the application looks professional and usable.
It is also very easy to buy Fring Credit. You can use a credit card, but you can also use PayPal. Having multiple options for payments is a great thing about this application, because it gives you flexibility.
You can also find other Fring users by checking your own phone’s address book, as Fring will tag the numbers that have also downloaded its services. Fring also lets you connect with users using your Facebook stream of friends.
The video chats are usually clear in both video quality and voice quality, as long as the call is made within the 4G network. 3G video calls are decent in quality, but they are not as clear as when made in 4G.
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