Having VoIP doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to purchase a VoIP unit, which is pricier than a standard telephone. Apple, being one of the premier manufacturers of mobile phones, has come up with a rather handy solution for iPhone owners – they gave other companies a door to add on the phone’s features through ‘iPhone Apps’. Several companies took advantage of this ‘door’ and made VoIP apps for the iPhone.
The stiff charges for overseas calls coupled with the standard rates for calls and SMS messages would cost anyone an arm and a leg. With VoIP entering the picture, it gives iPhone users a chance to slash their monthly bills by using the said applications. It is common that VoIP offers lower charges as compared to normal phone calls – be it local or international, and the same precept applies for the iPhone, remarkably.
I won’t burden you with too much suspense at this point.
Without further ado, here are the recommended VoIP apps for the iPhone:
- Packet 8 – Instead of relying on an Internet connection, Packet 8 uses the cellular network for VoIP. This proves to be versatile, since you can use the service regardless of whether you’re in a wifi hotspot or not. A clogged wifi network won’t affect your phone calls, so you can enjoy your coffee as you make a slew of local or international calls. Sweet.
- Truphone – Truphone is credited for being the first company to introduce the VoIP to the iPhone. But, unlike other pioneering names, the company is at par with newer VoIP apps, as their product remains as one of the most trusted VoIP sources for the iPhone. One drawback, however, is the cellular network can’t be utilized for VoIP.
- iCall – iCall’s VoIP app is still in beta testing, but, with the looks of its features, it stands to have a lot of promise. It may not have the versatility of Packet 8, but it allows users to toggle between standard calls and VoIP calls (wifi) without disrupting the conversation.
- Jajah’s VoIP – Like the iCall, Jajah is still testing its VoIP application, and, with the looks of things, it might attract a ton of subscribers. Various wifi networks, like 3G, will be used, giving the app a lot of versatility. Not only that, it also offers a callback feature, thus simulating an actual VoIP phone.
The iPhone and VoIP merger adds another dimension to communications for users. And we all thought there were already too many reasons for one to buy an iPhone.