Free Apps for Calling and Texting in Android and iOS Devices

Do you want to make a call and send text only using wifi? Here are the apps you can use for free.

A cellphone plan’s average cost rose to $113/mo. This year, heating, power, the internet, and TV pay more than most individuals. With such an expensive expense, it may be shocking to discover that you can use the most important features of your phone, calling and texting, absolutely free of charge.

In the U.S., there are currently hundreds of applications available that, when you are linked to Wi-Fi, including free speech and text. They let you pick your number in almost every case (from a pool of area codes available), then show you a few ads in the app in exchange for free calling and texting. You can then text or call any telephone number in the country, not just those using the same app.

Of course, outside of a Wi-Fi connection, you won’t be able to dial, email or access the internet, so your phone will lose a lot of features. (Some providers, such as TextNow, give you the option of connecting for a one-time charge to a national network.) But these are great options if you’re looking for a completely free phone line.

1. TextNow: Best for Free Calling and Texting

We suggest that you check out TextNow first if you are looking for a simple app that allows you to text and call for free. With a 4.4 rating on a whopping 844K Google Play reviews and a 4.8 rating on 297K reviews in the App Store, it is the most reputable and well-liked free texting and calling service in the U.S.

TextNow operates like most other free calling apps: you pick your own free phone number and when you’re linked to Wi-Fi, it provides you with free phone calls and messages. What is more, along with your mobile, you can use TextNow on your computer and laptop.

But unlike similar services, when you’re away from a Wi-Fi link, TextNow also gives you the option to send texts and make calls. They will send you a SIM activation kit that gives you access to Sprint’s nationwide network for a one-time payment of $10. Just enter your IMEI, MEID, or ESN number on TextNow’s SIM link page to check if your phone is compatible.

2. Google Voice: Free Text and Calls without Ads

Google has a few contact apps, Duo and Hangouts do video calls, Chat does texting, but for someone who wants to send messages or make calls for free, Google Voice is the best option. It’s extremely easy to set up: just download the app and pick the number you want to use. From there, you will be able to make free calls and texts from anywhere that has a Wi-Fi link in the United States and Canada. Free voicemail storage via the app is also included in Google Voice, and it will also transcribe them for you. A Chrome extension for your device is also supported by Google.

Overall, this is one of the most easy-to-use applications we’ve reviewed, and a perfect alternative for anyone without hassle who wants free calling and texting. Best of all, on the Google Voice app, there are no advertisements, so you’ll get a refreshingly uncluttered experience.

3. Text Free: Free Texts plus 60 Mins. of calls per month

Text Free is not quite as good of an offer as some of the other apps on this list, but a second or third alternative is worth checking out. As the name means, as long as you are on Wi-Fi, you will be able to send unlimited text messages. Yet calls on the phone are another matter.

Calls that are inbound or made to other phones with the Text Free app are free and unlimited. But if you want to make calls yourself to a phone number that doesn’t use Text Free, you’ll only get 60 minutes per month. You can earn more minutes by watching video ads or purchase them directly — $2 for 100 minutes, $10 for 400 or $19 for 1,000. You can also remove the ads and get unlimited calling for $5/mo.

4. textPlus: Free Texting only

TextPlus does not offer free phone calls, but you can send as many text messages via SMS and MMS as you want at no cost. You’ll pick your own number and be able to send and receive messages while you’re on Wi-Fi, just like the other applications on this list. Inbound calls and voicemails are free with textPlus as well, but you’ll have to pay around $0.02 per minute if you want to make outbound calls.

You’ll have to put up with a couple of advertisements in the app itself, like most free calling and texting applications. The banner ads for textPlus were a bit more obtrusive than the other apps we reviewed, but they did not render the service unusable. It also scored significantly lower user scores, with 4.5 on the App Store and just 3.8 on Google Play.

5. Dingtone: Free International Calls

Dingtone provides you with a phone number of your choice, like the rest of the applications on our list, and lets you send as many text messages as you want, as long as you’re linked to Wi-Fi. As long as the person you’re calling is also using the Dingtone app, you can make as many calls as you like over data or Wi-Fi. This means that you can call friends and family around the world without spending a penny.

You will have to earn free credits by watching videos or doing regular check-ins if you want to make calls to numbers outside the app. You can pay directly for phone calls as well; calls cost $0.09 per minute in the U.S.

Dingtone was not the best app that we’ve been testing. There were a lot of commercials, and at seemingly every move it forced us to sign up for a premium subscription. Overall, than apps like TextNow and Google Voice, it just felt a little spammer. But Dingtone will get the job done if you’re looking for a quick way to make free international calls.