Mobile Internet was launched a few years ago, and it is broadly used amongst people in Malaysia – both for post-paid and pre-paid Internet users. Having an Internet mobile technology that allows us to stay connected at all times, and many of us have started using our mobile data to call our friends and family. Every now and then there are new Apps being launched that features free SMS and free calls functions.
Here’s a list of the Apps we think are best for free calls in and out of Malaysia:
Voopee is a SIM-free App available at Google Play and App Store. What’s crazy about it is that you don’t even need a SIM card to use it. Yes, you’ve heard it, regardless of which mobile operator, you can download Voopee for free. What Voopee does is that it assigns you a SIM-free mobile number so no matter where you are in the world, you will still be able to receive calls SMSs on your Voopee number. At the same time, it allows you to make HD quality calls and video messages, send text and more to both Voopee and non-Voopee numbers to any mobile network, from inside and outside of Malaysia. Calls are absolutely free of charge for Voopee numbers and only RM0.10 to non-Voopee numbers (within Malaysia), regardless where you are in the world.
Other features of Voopee include forwarding calls from your regular number to your Voopee number. This may come in handy to get free calls and to avoid high roaming costs.
Skype is the king of free calls on video, though mostly used on laptop by millions world-wide. Its mobile phone App can be downloaded for free and has the same features than the desktop program: video calling, voice calling, text messaging, and video messaging. For landline and mobile phone calls, you will need to upload some Skype credit, and your calls will be charged on debit.
However, the quality of Skype calls is sometimes unreliable, and broken calls or bad audio and video connection are, unfortunately, more frequent that most would wish. Just wait until the launch of LTE in Malaysia and you might see that improve!
Viber was launched in 2010 and positioned as the direct competitor of Skype at the time. Though its main feature are HD voice calls, it currently offers text and voice messaging too. Initially, Viber calls were only available among Viber users, through a mobile Internet connection. But in late 2013, Viber Out was launched, and this feature allows Viber users to call mobile and landlines. What makes it an exceptional feature is that it was launched to help victims of Philippines Typhoon Haiyan reach their loved ones easily.
Viber is available for free download with all features for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, and it also has a desktop version.
WhatsApp started off as a text messaging App, as sort of free SMS interface. As of today, it has incorporated a voice messaging function, phone contact and location sharing function, and photo and video messaging. It is used by over 900 million people world-wide so, most likely, you’ll be able to get in touch with anybody you meet through WhatsApp. It is available for all mobile operating systems, and since early 2015 there is also a web version available. Surprisingly, and unlike all other Apps we mentioned, WhatsApp is not for free, though it is available at a small cost.
Earlier this year, during the first half of 2015, the WhatsApp calling function was introduced. However, many users noticed that, unless you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, this function will use up your mobile data voraciously.
If you are already an XOX Mobile user, or you are planning on switching your mobile operator to XOX Mobile, check out these Apps for free calls. If you are living in Malaysia, Voopee is the most recommended, while the other ones work just as fine for Malaysia based users. Give yourself the ultimate mobile network experience by switching to XOX mobile and sign up for your prepaid card here!