You are probably wondering how to stay in touch with family and friends without paying the high price. Indeed, when you travel abroad, making international calls and sending text messages with your package can be ridiculous and unpleasantly expensive. So, not to have to worry about this, we have established a list of the best applications to call and send messages for iPhone and Android smartphones.
1. ezTalks Meetings
This is a free video conferencing software that you can use to make a VoIP call with people remotely. ezTalks Meetings allows you to conduct a conference call with up to 100 people for free. Besides this, you also enable you to send text messages privately or publicly, which means that you can have a private or group chat with anyone you like. Thus it becomes one of the most useful instant messaging apps in the market now. ezTalks Meeting is available for iOS and Android devices.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging applications in the world. It is used by more than a billion people, and for this reason you have a vested interest in installing it on your smartphone, since many of your friends / family already use it. The application, whose use is linked to your phone number, allows you to call, send text messages, photos, videos and audio recordings without SMS. This means that everything is free, just a WiFi connection.
WhatsApp also offers group discussions, ideal for organizing a trip among friends of different nationalities for example. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.
When one thinks “journey” and “contact”, the reflex Skype is imposed rather quickly. Need to make an emergency conference call when you are abroad? The Skype application allows it. Skype works perfectly for making video calls, including group calls, voice calls, instant messaging, screen sharing and file sharing. Rather complete. The application is free if you have a WiFi connection. Skype conference callis available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Skype also offers a non-binding subscription system that is particularly interesting for the more talkative. For example, a package to call to the United States with unlimited minutes, fixed and mobile phones costs € 3.60 per month.
Running much like WhatsApp, Viber allows you to call, send SMS and send photos and videos to any other Viber user, and this totally free. Viber was initially launched in direct competition with Skype. The only problem is that to communicate with friends and family, they have to be among the 400 million unique users. The application is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
If this is not the case, Viber has launched Viber Out, which can be used to call people who do not use the Viber application. This is a fixed and mobile calling system that is cheaper than a standard operator, and is based on the price of a local call. You can recharge your Viber Out credit and then use it to call almost the whole world.
5. Facebook Messenger
The “independent” Facebook application, Messenger, is one of the most popular messaging services. Very practical to use, it allows you to send a text message, audio or video (which can be read either via the mobile application or directly on Facebook on computer). Messenger tells the sender if his message has been read, and allows you to send content to unique contacts or groups.
Facebook Messenger is available on all terminals, iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Hangouts (formerly Google Talk) is less famous and less glamorous than other apps listed here, but it is still an effective instant messaging tool. You can easily find Hangouts in your Gmail mailbox on your desktop, allowing you to send messages, photos, videos and other files (including GIFs). Good to know, Hangouts allows video calls up to 10 participants.
Hangouts has the particularity of linking the platforms to each other: whether you are in front of your PC or on your Android device, the application gives you the ability to communicate by videoconference with a person using Hangouts on his iPhone or Mac. Hangouts is available on iOS and Android.
Launched in 2011 by China’s number two web site, Tencent, the WeChat application is the second largest instant messaging application behind WhatsApp. WeChat therefore derives its popularity from China, but the application is also popular in some countries of Asia and Africa, as in Congo, Malawi or South Africa. Free, WeChat also offers its users many bonuses available against small amounts, such as “stickers”, images to be exchanged in a conversation. WeChat is available on iOS and Android.
LINE and WeChat are similar in functionality. The LINE application is the “biggest network of avatars in the world”, featuring countless emojis. It allows you to send text messages, images and videos with “stickers”. Other features of the app include games and a payment platform. LINE is available for free on iOS and Android.
Telegram offers substantially the same thing as WhatsApp or Viber, except that it has been a pioneer in end-to-end encryption. Telegram is a secure messaging application, which allows its users to exchange their text, audio, photos, videos in a confidential way, that is to say unreadable by a third party. Since then, WhatsApp and Viber have followed suit. The application is only used in the world (a little more than 100 million users), so it will be necessary to convince your contacts to download the application for free, on iOS and Android.
As you can see, the applications presented here are free and easy to use. The hard part will be to make your choice then convince your loved ones to use it to go directly via WiFi and thus avoid paying for calls on fixed or mobile lines.