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Money Saving Tips for Calling Home

With the pervasiveness of the Internet and WiFi hotspots and softphones, there is no reason to be paying exorbitant roaming charges to keep in touch with friends and families backhome while traveling abroad.

Apps for WiFi Calling

The advancements in Voiceover IP (VoIP) technology makes Wi-Fi is an great option for keeping in touch while travelling.

Viber Free Messenger and Phone Calls

Viber allows messages or phone calls to anyone in the world through an Internet connection. The free messenger enables international phone calls for free.

An increasingly popular app. Features include:

  • Long-distance calls through the Viber Messenger app! No need for a username or login information, simply activate by entering your phone number.
  • Choice of the basic voice call or live video chat. All phone calls have HD quality sound.
  • Instant video messages.
  • Secured communications. Messages, video and voice calls, photos, videos, and group chats are automatically encrypted.
  • Express yourself with stickers - Bring your text message to life by sending playful emoji icons and cool stickers.
  • Delete a text message or voice message even after it was sent.
  • "Hidden Chats" feature - Choose to hide specific chats from your messaging screen and access them later.

Rating: 4.3 stars


With over 650 million registered user, many Internet cafes around the world installing the service, Skype is a great option for calling back home. If you are traveling with a laptop, you can also use Skype at any wireless hotspot. It costs pennies per minute to make phone calls to anyone from your preloaded account... Skype to Skype calls are free.

  • Talk face to face with a video call.
  • New group video calls with up to 25 people.
  • Free voice calls to anyone else on Skype. Add up to 25 people on a group call.
  • Message friends and add up to 300 people to a group chat.
  • Call mobiles and landlines at low rates (Skype to Skype calls are always free).
  • Share photos, video messages, your location and add emoticons and Mojis to your chat.
  • Skype is available on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs.

Rating: 4.3 stars


This app allows the sending of messages, photos, videos, voice notes and your location for free. It uses Internet connection (3G/EDGE or Wi-Fi) for calls and messaging.


  • Speedy & reliable messaging no matter what your network
  • Free messages & multimedia (photos, videos, voice
  • notes)
  • Free high-quality voice calls (1:1 and group)
  • Emoticons are included plus the ability to select from sticker collections
  • Group chats with an unlimited number of friends

Additional Features:

  • Share your location
  • See who read your messages (unread count)
  • Multitask during free calls (send messages in other chat rooms)
  • Schedule appointments, lunches, gatherings (w/ reminders)
  • Use KakaoTalk on any smartphone and PC (multi-platform)

Supports: Android, iOS, Windows OS, Mac OS
Rating: 4.2 stars


The App doesn't use any minute of your mobile service provider. WiCall bypasses your regular carrier and makes VoIP calls using your phone or tablet's Internet connection (no more roaming fees).

WiCall works anywhere there us a good 3G/4G or Wifi connection. No matter what country you are calling from, the rates remain the same. Rates are only based on the country you are calling.

Rating: 4.1 stars


Textfree is an app that gives you a real US phone number so you can send text anyone, including those that do not have the app. It includes features such as free SMS messaging, group messaging, free MMS picture messaging, international texting & calling, voicemail.

App-to-App calling and any incoming calls are always free. Outbound calling minutes are easy to earn or super cheap to buy. Having a real US number means you can call landline, as well as text anyone with a cellphone. It also means free MMS (pictures) and SMS (texts).

It allows you to select custom numbers by choosing your area code and searching memorable numbers such as "(555) FOR-JOHN" and simple sequences such as "(555) 500-4321".

It supports group chats and can be used on a desktop, tablet or other Android devices. Rating: 4.1 stars

Doing  it on your own may not be so difiicult and could save you '00s of $'s.