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Let’s Review The VoIP Apps

Let’s Review The VoIP Apps
June 13
08:00 2015

We live in a generation where almost everything can be done through the internet.

Now with the new upcoming applications that allow making of voice and video calls, everyone is downloading these apps.

I downloaded six popular apps used to make Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) using mobile data and Wi-Fi. These were Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, Viber, Skype, WeChat and Line.

However, which apps are the best?

To my surprise, the Google Hangouts turned out at the top.

Google Hangouts was the best performer even though some people use it for VoIP calls.

To know why I reached this conclusion, read on…

 

Google Hangouts

The reason hangouts were at the top of the list was because of the call quality. The calls were clear, and we noticed the least amount of latency in the responses while using Hangouts.

Hangouts, of course, is much more than just for voice calling as it also has features for video calls.

The interface of Hangouts is pretty straight forward and the best bit is that it comes with all Android smartphones.

So, you don’t even need to download it if you are a user of an Android smartphone.

The app is also available on iOS and can be downloaded for free; however, if you’re a Windows Phone user then you are out in the cold.

 

Facebook Messenger

Facebook is not new to anyone; however, Facebook Messenger might sound a little new for VoIP.

All you need to get and use this app is a Facebook account and that’s it.

You also have the option of adding a phone number, which can be helpful when contacting persons without the messenger on their devices.

You will be able to send messages, make voice calls as well as enjoy free video calls using Facebook Messenger.

The connection is vital when using the Facebook Messenger the highlight of the call was the quality there wasn’t any latency and the call was very clear.

 

Viber

The buzz on everyone’s radar. Viber is the ideal internet voice calling app.

The app made a name for itself by offering simple internet based voice calling to millions of users across multiple platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.

That said, I noticed quite a bit of latency even while using the app on Wi-Fi network, but certainly the experience was usable.

Viber has so much to offer in other areas like public chats and instant messaging, but the voice calling capabilities of the app remains its top gun.

 

Whats App

WhatsApp is a giant in terms of instant messaging, but when it comes down to voice calling, it is the newest kid on the block.

It offers passable voice calling capabilities, but let’s be honest, it is a new feature and WhatsApp has still not mastered it.

Calls drop abruptly, the audio is garbled and often the call doesn’t connect at all.

Adding to its woes is this odd invite-call to get the voice dialling feature for Android users.

Still, iOS users can’t get it, though there is talk that the feature is coming soon for them and Windows Phone users alike.

 

Skype

Skype is perhaps the oldest app on this list to offer voice calling capabilities.

It’s simple if network is not good, then the experience is also not so good.

The good news about Skype is that it available on iOS, Android and is comes into Windows Phone.

Also on the up side it is available on desktops.

The call quality strongly depends on the network.

 

Feedback: rachael.nath@fijisun.com.fj

 

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