Call The World For Free - Mini-Guide, Part 5
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vBuzzer is a company that offers several ways to place and receive VoIP calls to any domestic or international mobile or landline. vBuzzer is available as a Flash-based application that you can access straight from your web browser, as a downloadable client available for Windows and Mac computers (Mac version is Adobe Air-based), as a mobile app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia mobiles and Windows Mobile-based phones and also as a VoIP adapter for your regular landline phone. vBuzzer supports SMS sending and reception (fee applies) and also free voicemail is a standard feature for all users. Other features are: instant messaging and web conferencing (Win and Mac versions), call forwarding, call recording, call history and more.
vBuzzer call rates
VoipBuster is a software for Windows that allows you to make phone calls (both free and low-cost) to any foreign mobile or landline. Mac and Linux users can use VoipBuster by following this workaround. VoIpBuster is also available as a mobile app for the iPhone, and the service even works with your regular landline phone. PC to PC calls between VoipBuster users are always free. The software tool supports SMS sending and reception (fee applies) and also call forwarding. No voicemail, and you cannot receive calls using VoipBuster.
VoipBuster call rates
MOBIVOX is a free web-based service that lets you call at low rates any international mobile or landline phone across the planet. You can place calls either via web or using your mobile or landline thanks to the voice recognition feature that allows you to call a buddy of yours just by saying her name out loud. MOBIVOX also allows you to send and receive SMS text messages and emails (fee applies) and supports call forwarding, conferencing calls and integration with Skype (phone calls to Skype buddies are free of charge). No voicemail, nor a mobile application are available.
MOBIVOX call rates
Line2 is an iPhone app to make international phone calls at low rates to any mobile or landline phone across the planet. You can make your phone calls either via VoIP or using your cell phone. Line 2 is priced at $14.95/month for unlimited low-cost calls. Line2 also supports visual voicemail, call forwarding, call hold, call conferencing and many other feature. No SMS texting is available.
MagicTalk (former MagicJack) is an international VoIP calling service that allows you to make and receive free and low-cost international calls. Both Windows and Mac machines are supported. MagicJack also supports call forwarding, call waiting. No mobile application, nor SMS service are available. MagicJack costs $39.95 plus shipping and handling for the first year. Any additional year of service for free and long-distance calls is priced at $19.95. International phone calls are placed by purchasing pe-paid calling minutes.
MagicTalk call rates
Vonage provides a third-party adapter for your standard landline phone that routes your calls over the Internet using the VoIP protocol, so that you can call your peers at lower rates than those offered by your telecom provider. Vonage sells also two international calling plans whereby you pay a flat rate ($25.99/mo or $54.99/mo, both plus taxes) and you can make unlimited calls to either 60 or 80 landlines and 10 or 40 mobiles, depending on the plan. Vonage also supports call forwarding, call waiting, caller block, visual voicemail and many other features. A mobile application is available for the iPhone, BlackBerry models and Android devices to make cheap phone calls straight from your smartphone. No SMS service is available.
Vonage call rates
Google Voice is a free service from Google that allows you to make and receive domestic phone calls in the US and international calls in the rest of the world for very low rates. Google Voice is web-based and you only need a Google Account to make it work. Google Voice also supports voicemail, SMS, conference calls, caller block, caller ID and several other features. A free mobile application is available for the iPhone, BlackBerry models and Android devices.
Google Voice call rates
Tru (former Truphone) is a mobile service that takes care of routing your calls (both domestic and internatinal) through the Internet to take advantage of the very low rates that come from using the VoIP protocol. Tru is currently available in the UK, USA and Australia, but European and Asian countries will be added in the near future. Tru requires you to register and (optionally) purchase a Tru SIM card for your mobile device to enjoy local phone call and Internet browsing rates. Tru membership is priced at $15/mo and you can keep your own phone number and works on any unlocked mobile phone. Tru is also available as a mobile app for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad), Android Phones and also Blackberries. Tru supports voicemail, SMS, instant messaging, and several other features.
Tru call rates
Fring is a free service that lets you make and receive VoIP phone calls using the Internet connection of your mobile phone. By registering for the FringOut service you can make international phone calls from 1¢ a minute. Fring also allows you to log in to your favorite VoIP and IM applications so that you can call and message with your Skype buddies, Live Messenger friends, AOL contacts and others. The free Fring mobile app is available for Nokia smartphones and support for Android and iPhone models is coming in the near future. The Fring Mobile app supports several features like video calls, call history, file sharing and more.
Fring call rates
EvaPhone is a Flash-based service that allows you to make both free and low cost international phone calls from your web browser. Free international phone calls are limited to 5 minutes each and to maximum two per day. You are also forced to watch a short ad before making your free call. Paid international phone calls are unlimited in number and time and no ads are shown. No voicemail, SMS service, mobile app are supported, nor you ca receive calls using EvaPhone. What you can do is chat with your EvaPhone buddies and video-call them, but using such features requires registration to the service.
EvaPhone call rates