We can use our smartphones to call pretty much anyone in any part of the world. However, long distance charges can be very expensive if you are looking for a way to contact or chat with your family members in another country while they are on vacation.
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Or maybe you’re on a cruise and don’t want to pay expensive international rates, or you want to use a different phone number for work.
No matter your situation, there is now a way to use an app to make calls to anyone, anywhere, anytime in the world.
Here are our top 5 best phone call apps to save you money while traveling:
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WhatsApp is used by people all over the world for phone calls and messages.
WhatsApp is a free app used by more than 2 billion people in over 180 countries. WhatsApp is available for both iPhone and Android and on a PC or Mac and offers messaging, video and voice calls – even group video chats are available. You can even use the app to make calls on cruise ships; Note, however, that connecting to the ship’s cellular service or connecting to the ship’s WiFi will incur additional charges.
Also, you need to add a phone number to use WhatsApp since the phone number is used as a unique identifier for your account. It is also used for verification and to find and connect with contacts who also use WhatsApp. In addition, the phone number is used for end-to-end encryption, which protects your messages and calls.
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Google Meet is one of our favorite online video calling apps. You need a Google account to use it for free, but any smartphone or computer can access the app or website, and you can video chat with up to 100 participants for free for an hour. Also, video conferences are encrypted in transit and have a range of security measures that are continually updated for added protection.
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Facebook Messenger is an extremely popular way to call someone without using their phone number. Both participants need a Facebook account. However, it’s as simple as tapping the phone or video button in a Messenger chat to start a call. The app is available for iPhone, Android, Mac, and PC desktop users and has many security features to keep your messages and calls private at all times.
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Signal is one of the newer and fastest growing apps for communication. It’s popular because you can set messages to auto-disappear after a certain time frame, and there’s end-to-end encryption, so your conversation is completely secure. You can send and receive texts, make voice and video calls (including group calls), and share your location and files. It is available as a desktop app for your computer or as a smartphone app for iPhone and Android users. You must add a phone number to use Signal because the phone number is used as a unique identifier for your account.
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Viber promises free and safe calls and messages to anyone, anywhere. Making international calls is easy and totally free – as the app, like the others, uses your WiFi or 3G or 4G signal and data to call abroad. Fiber requires you to use a phone number to sign up as the app doesn’t allow users to create an account with an email address. The app is available for iPhone and Android as well as Mac and Windows desktop users.
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An important note is that while you need a phone number or account to use most of these apps, you won’t find any additional charges on your phone bills if you use them for long-distance calls.
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Yes, these apps all work on a cruise ship. However, when using these apps, particularly on cruise ships, your phone must be in “airplane” mode or it could revert to cellular and you will be charged. If you are on a cruise, my number one tip is to put your phone on “flight mode” (no cell signal) as soon as the ship leaves port, buy the WiFi internet packages and make all calls via WiFi.
Have you ever used these apps for long distance calls? We want to hear about your experiences.
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