Do you know that you can call and text using your Wifi? You don’t have to worry by only using these texting and calling apps without having to pay a monthly phone fee.
This year, the average price of a cellphone plan increased per month, which is more than most individuals spend for their heating, electricity, internet and television. With such a high price tag, it may come as a surprise to hear that the most basic functions of your phone, such as talking and messaging, are completely free.
When you’re connected to Wi-Fi, there are dozens of apps available in the United States that enable free call and text. They nearly always let you pick your phone number and then show you a few adverts on the app in exchange for free texting and calling. After that, you can text or contact any phone number in the country, not only those that use the app.
Also, Read: How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling
Of course, without a Wi-Fi connection, you won’t be able to call, text, or use the internet, so your phone would lose a lot of functionality. However, if you need a completely free phone line, these are fantastic options.
You won’t be able to make free phone calls with textPlus, but you will be able to send as many SMS and MMS text messages as you like. You may choose your own number and send and receive SMS whenever you’re connected to the internet, just like the other applications on this list. Inbound calls and voicemails are similarly free with textPlus, but outbound calls cost $0.02 per minute.
You’ll have to put up with a few advertising in the app itself, as with other free messaging and calling apps. The banner advertising in textPlus was a little more intrusive than in the other applications we examined, but they didn’t prevent us from using the service. It also had lower user ratings, with a 4.5 on the App Store and a 3.8 on Google Play.
Dingtone, like the other applications on our list, assigns you a phone number and allows you to send as many text messages as you want as long as you’re connected to Wi-Fi. As long as the person you’re phoning also has the Dingtone app, you can make as many calls as you like over data or Wi-Fi. This means you can contact family and friends all across the world for free.
You’ll need to earn free credits by watching videos or completing daily check-ins if you want to call numbers outside the app. You can also pay for calls directly; in the United States, calls cost $0.09 per minute.
We didn’t think Dingtone was the best app we tried. There was a lot of advertising, and it seemed like we were being pushed to join up for a premium subscription at every turn. It just felt a little spammy compared to apps like TextNow and Google Voice. Dingtone, on the other hand, will get the job done if you’re seeking an easy way to make free international calls.
TextNow is a good place to start if you’re searching for a simple program that lets you text and calls for free. It has a 4.4 rating on Google Play and a 4.8 rating on the App Store, making it the most respectable and well-liked free texting and calling apps in the United States.
TextNow works in the same way that most other free calling apps do: When you’re connected to Wi-Fi, you may choose your own free phone number and use it to make free calls and texts. Additionally, you may use TextNow on your tablet, PC, and smartphone.
TextNow, unlike similar programs, allows you to send messages and make phone calls even when you aren’t connected to the internet. They’ll send you a SIM activation kit that provides you access to Sprint’s countrywide network for a one-time fee of $10. Simply input your IMEI, MEID, or ESN number on TextNow’s SIM connection page to see if your phone is compatible. (They’ll show you where to look for this information.) You can also add coverage using the TextNow app if you already have a compatible phone on a CDMA network.
Although Text Free isn’t as good a deal as some of the other applications on this list, it’s worth considering as a backup or third choice. As the name implies, you’ll be able to send an endless number of text messages as long as you’re connected to the internet. Calls, on the other hand, are a different story.
Inbound and outbound calls made using the Text Free app are both free and limitless. If you wish to call a phone number that doesn’t use Text Free, though, you’ll only get 60 minutes per month. More minutes can be earned by watching video advertising or purchased directly for $2 for 100 minutes, $10 for 400 minutes, or $19 for 1,000 minutes. For $5/month, you can get rid of the advertising and get unlimited calling.
Google has a few communication tools — Duo and Hangouts are video calling apps, and Chat is a messaging app — but Google Voice remains the greatest option for anyone who wants to send texts or make phone calls for free. It’s really easy to get started: simply download the app and select the phone number you want to use. From there, you’ll be able to make free calls and texts from any Wi-Fi hotspot in the United States and Canada. Google Voice also offers free voicemail storage and will even transcribe your messages for you. A Chrome extension is also available from Google for your machine.
Altogether, this is one of the most user-friendly apps we’ve seen, and it’s a wonderful pick for anyone looking for hassle-free talking and texting. The Google Voice app, best of all, is ad-free, resulting in a delightfully uncluttered experience.
When you’re connected to Wi-Fi and use one of the free texting and calling apps listed above, you can text any phone number, not just those who use the same app. However, there are frequently advantages to texting or phoning other users within the same app. For phone calls, you usually have unlimited minutes, and you can sometimes text and call while using a data connection.