Technological advancement has paved way for numerous innovations. Gone are the days, when one had to wait till 11pm to make an ISD call, as the charges to call abroad were less after 11pm.
Calling cards came and brought some respite, but they too had riders, as they were specific to only one country. Smartphones today have paved way for applications by which one can call abroad and that too at no additional cost. All you need is a good smartphone with any OS (operating system) platform, a good internet connection (2G/3G/4G or wi-fi), a phone with front-facing camera, and a calling app, which can be downloaded for free at Google play store. One just needs to login, make an account and start calling.
An official of Microsoft in Bangalore, who owns Skype said: “In case people face problem in our app and if it is a genuine bug, we fix it within 24 hours. Updates are released depending upon the operating system, be it android wp8 or iOS. If a new version of OS is released, we release an update in four days if required. For example for android 4.3.No update is required.”
Few apps in trend
Viber: With over 200 million users worldwide, users can text, call, send video messages over a wi-fi connection or 3G network for free. You can group up to 40 participants and get notified if you miss a call or message even if your app is off. The app is not only for android users, but it caters to windows and PC users as well. Also no pop up advertisements will disturb you in between. The app’s biggest advantage is that it saves battery and does not use much memory, by running in the background.
Fring: With Fring you can not only call fring users for free, but even if you want to call on a landline number or to a mobile number outside the country, fringout provides myriad of options and that too at no additional cost.
Skype: Familiar to most people, it is so far the easiest calling app to use. The app’s standout feature is that it has a simple and intuitive interface and a massive user base.
We chat: The app was launched just three months ago, but more than 300 million people have already downloaded it so far. The app is gaining popularity among youth.
Nimbuzz: With more than 150 million users and more than 2,10,000 new registrations per day, Nimbuzz is currently used in more than 200 countries worldwide and is available on thousands of world’s most popular devices across all major platforms such as Android, Symbian, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Phone, J2ME, as well as Windows and Mac desktop computers. With more than 25 million users in India, the app is quite popular among people. Its key features, include instant messaging, free calls among several others.
Why calling apps are in trend?
Calling apps are soaring on popularity charts, as with better internet connectivity, one can call anyone easily and that too without burning a hole in one’s pocket. These apps help in connecting with family and friends. Most of the apps have same calling features, free texting and sending video messages, stickers and animations.
Vandana Sharma, working at Infosys, shares her experience: “Viber is a nice application as it allows me to stay in touch with my brother in the US."
Ishan Sharma, studying at DAV College in Sector 10, Chandigarh, says: “Such apps require good internet connectivity, but most of the times my signal drops. But it’s okay as we pay meager amount to make free calls and it’s ok if the voice is not that clear.”