Not so long ago, in order to be able to call India internationally you’d have to buy a calling card. This was expensive and time-consuming, and you’d be tied to the amount of credit you had on your card, as well as the hidden costs, and charges companies would often include in the small print.
With the emergence of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), you can now make calls for free as long as you have a WiFi signal. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to talk to someone next door or on the other side of the world; it’s all the same over the internet.
Many services now offer VoIP calls and it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose the best.
The most popular VoIP-based services are probably Skype, Viber, FaceTime and Google Hangouts. Skype and FaceTime put more emphasis on the video call parts of their apps whereas the other two, whilst able to make video calls, tend to advertise their IM and phoning features.
There are pros and cons to each. You’re pretty much tied to only being able to call other users or having to install extra software in order to make voice calls. The calls are free, obviously, but if you’re using your smartphone you’ll find that you’ll be charged for data usage.
Viber is a good app to use to make phonecalls, and Skype or FaceTime do videos and IMs, but you’ll still have to switch between them in order to find the best services for each of your needs.
ChilliTalk lets you talk to India for free through your smartphone or PC. It has been specifically developed for people who have friends and family abroad and need to call home frequently, so when you start up the app you have the choice to make free video calls, send IMs and SMS or even make international phone calls.
It’s incredibly easy to use and the quality of calls is great. You’ll automatically be set up with the contacts in your address book and have the option of ‘Free Calls’ or ‘Cheap Calls’. Even if you’re paying for the calls, they’re incredibly cheap. The app clearly lists prices for each country and you even have access to the latest deals and offers from ChilliTalk.
The ‘Free Calls’ option sends all of your calls through the internet. And with the ChilliTalk app available across almost all platforms, there’s a clear winner. Although the other brands have been around for longer, you’ll find that ChilliTalk is a strong challenger!
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