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How do call apps provide cheap calls?

[ 0 ] Posted by on December 3, 2017

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Staying connected these days is easier than ever. With a huge number of people across the globe doing business, making friends and building relationships, technology has allowed us to seamlessly reach out to friends, loved ones and colleagues in a number of different ways. If you’re constantly making calls to other countries, however, the costs can start to mount up. Although many mobile phone providers have lowered their roaming charges, reports are still rife that unexpectedly high call charges are being levied against those either roaming (using their mobile phones abroad) or calling other countries from their mobile handsets.  This has sparked a new generation of mobile call apps, aimed at those who want to connect with people in other parts of the world, without having to pay through the nose for it. But how do they work? And do they provide the cheap calls you’re in need of?

We’ve pulled together some information to help you decide whether call apps are worth a download.

Calling abroad from your UK based mobile phone – Is it cheaper on the phone or through an app?

It’s important to understand that every provider is different. In this example, we’ve used EE’s standard call charges from mobile phones in the UK to abroad, but you can easily find your own providers charges on their website, if you don’t use EE. As an example, we’ve chosen to compare call costs to the furthest point we can think of (Australia), where EE’s call charges work out as follows.

Standard rated calls to Australia on EE from a UK mobile cost £1 a minute, or £3.50 to landline or other non-mobile numbers. They have a myriad of information available on other “add on call plans” but it’s not too straightforward, which is why many EE customers have turned to trying to find cheaper ways to keep in touch with friends and family. When you compare this with, for example, one mobile call app’s pay as you go bundle, allowing you to call Australian mobiles for less than 6p per minute, with landlines at £2.60 a minute, you can make some serious savings. So how does it all work?

How Mobile Call Apps work?

Mobile apps like FooCall allow you to make calls to other countries by using your WI-FI or 3G/4G signal to make the connection for the call. The technology has advanced over time to offer seamless connections to almost any country in the world, and it’s extremely user friendly too. Even if you don’t have Wi-Fi or a 3G or 4G connection, some of the best providers give you an option to make a local call to them, and allow you then to connect your call, allowing you to get in touch with friends, family or business associates overseas, using your free minutes on your mobile contract to ensure you don’t pay any more that you would through the app to connect.

Using one of these mobile call apps is easy. All you have to do, in most cases, is download the app to your smartphone, then sign up, and purchase the minutes you require. There are no contracts with many providers, and you simply pay for the minutes you want to use. It’s possible to buy bundles of minutes too that can save you even more money if you choose the right provider.

Getting the right provider

Of course, it’s vital that you choose a provider that will not only save you money, but will also allow you to enjoy seamless connection to your loved ones, wherever in the world you are, so look for a mobile call app that offers flexibility, no contracts and the ability to try it out for free- as you’ll be able to get a really good idea of the connectivity by simply making the first call!

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