The motivation behind this website is to list a subset of the top apps that allow individuals in the USA and Canada to place free phone calls to landlines using the internet (e.g., Google Hangouts & Fongo). The apps can be used on numerous devices such as iPads, tablets, and smartphones (e.g., iOS, Android). Saving money by any means is important in the present age where food prices have surged, in concert with rental fees and the general cost of living. For example, the folks at Visual Capitalist noted that prices for ground beef and bacon rose markedly (50%) over the past decade. The cost of communications is high and a source of consternation for many, and thus the need and advantage of free internet calling.
The tradition of paying costly amounts for landline phones and long distance calls is being challenged by internet calling services such as Google Hangouts, Fongo, and Skype. Indeed, those software programs are used daily by the Canadian administrator of this site. The information is presented in a clear fashion to hopefully help fellow citizens decrease their expenses. The goal is to provide tips to help everyone save money, and improve their financial situation. This is yet another step forward in “cutting the cord”, and reducing costs.
The programs described typically run on devices (e.g., smartphones) where there are numerous other apps drawing on the available memory and space. To improve reception clarity and overall reliability, it is likely a good option to clear unnecessary programs from the memory while running Google Hangouts and Fongo. The procedure to do that on certain Android platforms is to double click the home button and tap the sweep icon. On certain iOS platforms used by Apple, double click the home button and swipe (drag) a given program window upward. I find clearing unused programs from memory prior to making calls results in an improved experience. Skype to Go can be accessed via a regular landline and is consequently independent of memory or storage space issues.
Top Free Calling Apps Used by Fellow Internet Users
It is also hoped that fellow internet users highlight their favourite free internet calling tool or approach in the comments section below, to contribute to the broader goal of reducing (high) expenses for everyone. The apps discussed here use VOIP, or voice over IP technology. The creator of this website, and individuals placing comments in the section below, are not responsible for any negative issue stemming from the information or programs cited throughout this site.
FAQ Regarding Free Calls and Other Topics
Q: Between Fongo, Google Hangouts, and Skype, which program do you prefer? A: I actually use all three simultaneously. I use Google Hangouts for calling, Fongo for its voicemail to email service and phone number, and Skype for Skype to Go.
Q: How much can I expect to save in a given month by proceeding this route? A: The fees for landline and phone services from local companies are extreme, and a conservative estimate is approximately 30-60$ per month.
Q: How did you obtain a cool domain such as .tech as an internet address? A: The company designated Namecheap offers .tech domains at a decent rate.
Q: I’m a foreign student arriving in Canada or the United States to enroll in University. I need a local number to provide to the University administration, on forms, and for every other affair (e.g., medical doctor’s healthcare office). What do you recommend? A: Fongo is a dream come true for such students on a restricted budget, as that company can provide a free number.
Q: Does the Fongo app need to be running (e.g., on the iPad) for the voicemail to email service to work? A: Thankfully the voicemail to email service will continue serving its function without needing the Fongo App open at the time of an incoming call.
Q: Are there are other quick tips that you can provide to help save money using tech products, and keeping expenses at a minimum? A: It is important these days to have a reliable means of backing up information and photos in case your iPad, tablet, smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer fail or crash. An amazing free product for storing photos is Google Photos, which provides unlimited storage if you allow the software to compress the images (degrade the resolution).
Q: Skype is not a free service, and so why do you have it listed here alongside Google Hangouts and Fongo? A: Skype to Go is advantageous for the elderly, who many not be comfortable using a smartphone app, but are well-versed using a traditional landline and phone. In concert with the 30$/year cost for USA – Canada calling, I decided it was pertinent enough for fellow citizens to know of the service.
Q: I noticed you constructed this page using WordPress, and managed to get comments on the homepage only. How was that task achieved? A: First, using the latest WordPress release, go to the ‘Pages’ section, click on ‘Quick Edit’ for the homepage file and check ‘Enable Comments’. Next, go to the ‘Appearance’ section, click on ‘Editor’, and then select ‘Theme Footer (footer.php)’. Between ‘</nav><!– .social-navigation –>’ and ‘</div><!– .wrap –>’, replace or modify the existing to the following ‘ <?php endif; get_template_part( ‘components/footer/site’, ‘info’ ); comments_template(); ?>‘. A caveat, note that I do not have comments enabled on any other page, and so it works given this layout.
Q: Why is Whatsapp not listed on this site, but Skype is? A: Whatsapp allows free calls to fellow users on their system, and the same is true for Skype, but neither provide free calls to conventional landlines. However, the latter software program features the Skype to Go service, which allows one to access the low-rates Skype provides using a conventional landline.
Q: I have a program suggestion or a question to ask, should I send you an email? A: I prefer that everyone shares there thoughts in the comments section below in order to garner as much input as possible. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org