Make smartphone calls for free with Hangouts Dialer

Posted by amcink November 6, 2015 0 Comment 790 views

When you go with a data-only plan on your smartphone, you may need to get a little creative in how you make calls. Especially long distance calls.

Fortunately, you have a great many options at your disposal for making free calls on your smartphone. Even making free or very inexpensive international long distance calls on your smartphone is easy.

Google Hangouts is a great option for instant messaging with friends and family. The app is baked in to Android and is free for iPhone, Windows Phone and others. It’s unlike FaceTime in that it’s not confined to any one ecosystem.

What’s more, the free Hangouts Dialer app (add on for Android, built in to the Hangouts all on iOS) also let’s you make phone calls using voice over IP (VoIP). You can make calls over both the mobile data network, using the mobile data that you pay for, or over Wi-Fi at home, in the office or elsewhere at no direct cost.

Hangouts Dialer simple to use: just open the app and make a phone call, just as you would with the native phone dialer. The downside is that, outside of the US, you can’t bring your mobile number over to Hangouts. In other words, calls you make will show up on the recipient’s call display as coming from a strange and unrecognizable number. You can verify your number within the app, which helps.

As a solution for staying in touch with friends and family back home (wherever back home happens to be) it’s invaluable. You may be required to explain to less tech savvy friends and family why your calls are coming from this weird, new number, and you may have a few calls ignored and sent straight to voicemail if people are screening calls, but you can just consider that necessary learning curve for people you call.

Most calls to landline or mobile numbers within the US and Canada are free. Voice calls to other Hangouts users are free too, no matter where in the world those users are. Calls to international numbers are billed at competitive rates.

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