Trying to decide between the many Android VOIP apps that are available can leave you with more questions than answers.
- How do I know which one is right?
- Do I have to pay a monthly fee?
- What are the features of the best apps on the market?
All of these questions are valid ones and should be answered before you choose the app to use. When you make calls over VOIP you will either pay per call or sign up for a monthly plan. It is best if you know that you are using the service that is most cost effective for you.
Skype is one of the original VOIP services and is still widely used today. Since it has become available for the Android market, many people have opted to go with Skype because of name recognition. But there are other benefits to the service as well. You will receive low rates whether you choose to pay for a plan or pay as you go. You can also text anyone at any destination for less than five cents a message. Skype offers caller ID and voicemail with its service and has free instant messaging and mobile video calling.
You will instantly like the buddy list available with Fring. Not only will it sync with your address book, it will also show you who is available from services such as GoogleTalk and Yahoo. With Fring you can use WiFi, 3G and 4G to make your calls. Some calls are free of charge through their service while the rest are extremely low cost. You may even find yourself paying as low as penny per minute. Video calling and live chatting capabilities also appeal to many people who use Fring.
With Truphone you have the option to pay as you go or take advantage of their unlimited calling plan. If you call outside of the US frequently, the unlimited plan offers you calls to 35 destinations at no charge. The monthly cost is low and you receive many other benefits as well. Low cost text messages, free calls to GoogleTalk and Skype and free IM are some of the additional features that you may like. You can even get free voicemail in case you miss an important incoming call.
You can take advantage of three different calling options when you use Line2. There is the ability to use WiFi or 3G and 4G like every other VOIP application. However, with this one you also have the choice of using the standard cellular service. In addition to this unique benefit you can make unlimited calls to the US and Canada with no charge. SMS messaging is available as well while the company offers you 24 hour support for the service. Caller ID, call waiting and even call forwarding come standard with the service. When you opt for a paid plan you will find yourself with benefits like visual voicemail and conference calling.
JaJah is an internet based VOIP application that is available for the Android phone. With a simple download you can have access to a service that will integrate with your phone book easily. Whenever you need to make a call you will simply log in and select who you wish to call. Calling JaJah users is never charged and there is a new feature that allows you to call your Facebook friends for free as well. All of the other calls are subject to the low rates charged by JaJah regardless of the destination. There is no cost to download or use the app until you make your first call.