I tried researching this a lot but it seems that most of them require that users on both ends use the same app if not some other gimmick. Any freeware apps that don't have this requirement?
Additionally, it seems that groove ip (lite) may be able to do this. The problem, however, is that I'm not exactly clear on the relation between it and google voice given that google doesn't allow third parties to make calls through the google number anymore and groove ip still seems to be in action and using ring.to. However, when I tried to use it to call a different local number, it just seemed to keep on playing the ringing tone while the other phone didn't ring at all. I've checked the options and none of them struck me as something that would affect the connection (or lack thereof). Furthermore, there still seem to be options for some degree of google voice integration so that's even more confusing. I'm not sure what the problem could be seeing as it seemed to be updated in June of this year which was fairly past the date of google stopping third party access. Unless it has something to do with the lite version.
26th July 2005
I would say that as any such app would use the internet instead of the conventional way that skype is the obvious choice along with I think FaceBook have launched some thing along the lines of you can call anyone on your friends list via there app.
Those are actually on my "To try" list. I was asking if there was an app that would allow free internet calls without requiring the call receiver to have to be currently using the companies app/services.
Facebook Messenger did seem awfully convenient. Problem is my family members don't have an account and I'm not sure if I can convince them.
The other reason I was hoping there would be such an app is because I want to avoid having a dozen apps for free calling via internet just because every one of my acquiantance has different preferences and asks me to install their preferred app.
7th December 2003
I don't think you can get that for free, at least not in Europe. Skype offers internet to phone calls, but they charge for it.
Often there are various phone providers that offer special rates for international calls. That is probably the easiest option if you don't like internet to internet calls.
I didn't mention having a problem with internet to internet calls.
As I mentioned, one of the real problems is that I'd have to possibly install a dozen apps just to get free calls to a handful or less acquaintances. Rest of the time it'd just waste space, battery life or otherwise plain be an eyesore on my main screen thing.
26th July 2005
I would give skype a go as it has taken over from the old msn messenger so if the people you want to call have a hotmail account then they have a skype account. Facebook uses a kind of a combination of skype and normal phone service in that you can add a phone number that people can call or it goes to the device you are logged into. I use skype to video call family members and friends but I have not used the facebook thing so I cannot say how well it works.
Umm... let's just focus on voice calls for now (unless you have a compelling reason for video calls over voice calls). Is there any one of these apps, with the requirements I have posted or handy features you may have in mind, for/by Google? What's your opinion if there is one like that?
I just thought I'd ask since I already have a Google account and they seem to be quite convenient as well as branch-out/offer a large number of services, some fairly more esoteric than others but quite useful at times, to those that have a Google account.
Also for the Facebook Messenger, under what conditions is the call free if any?
@Fancypants, I forgot to mention in my last post but when you said, "I don't think you can get that for free, at least not in Europe." Did you mean to refer to GrooVe IP?
26th July 2005
random_soldier1337;5743830Umm... let's just focus on voice calls for now (unless you have a compelling reason for video calls over voice calls). Is there any one of these apps, with the requirements I have posted or handy features you may have in mind, for/by Google? What's your opinion if there is one like that?[/QUOTE] No there is not one like at. There is no company out there that offers free international telephone calls unless it is part of a standard cell or landline package that you have to pay for. Skype allows you to add credit and call anywhere or even purchase a monthly subscription that allows unlimited world wide calls but no doubt you looked into that when it was suggested ? no okay then Skype Rates | Cheap International Callsrandom_soldier1337;5743830 I just thought I'd ask since I already have a Google account and they seem to be quite convenient as well as branch-out/offer a large number of services, some fairly more esoteric than others but quite useful at times, to those that have a Google account.I have a google account as well I also have a skype, facebook, twitter, hotmail, email, mobile phone and a landline. In this day and age that pretty much seems like the normal thing to have along with things like whatapp and so many more especially if you have a android phone. [QUOTE=random_soldier1337;5743830] Also for the Facebook Messenger, under what conditions is the call free if any?
Over the internet (wifi and mobile internet although data charges may apply) when done facebook user to facebook user. Just the same as skype really as that is free if your phoning another skype user.
No I was aware of all that. I was just hoping that on the off chance I missed something, somewhere, somebody here would be able to suggest it. But I guess not.
I try to not bother with the gazillion accounts thing seeing as it's just another headache. Why would you use multiple accounts to receive information? Unless you had a particular reason such as one being business only, the other friends only and so on.
With the Facebook Messenger, is it still free, say, if the person is not logged onto Facebook nor has the messenger app but has an account on Facebook?
Finally there is still the matter of GrooVe IP. Is it dead or something or can it actually be used?
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