If you have watched TV you have seen the Vonage commercials the purport to save you money by switching your home phone to their service. They have a strong brand and were one of the original VOIP (voice over internet protocol – basically internet phone for non-techies) providers and they are still going strong.
Vonage has recently launched a mobile calling app that allows you to keep and use your existing mobile number while making calls using WiFi or your phone’s data connection. I spent about a month using the App on my iPhone 4S and my son’s iPhone 5. The app is feature packed, easy to use and significantly extends the utility of your mobile. The app is also available for Android.
The app was easy to download and install from the iOS app store. It is a small app at 24MB so it won’t hog space on your phone. After the app is installed, you activate it with your mobile number. Vonage will then send a confirmation code via SMS to your handset to finalize set up. This is an important security step because the app permits you to place calls that will appear to come from you mobile…because they do. This is a key difference from other mobile calling apps such as Skype that require you to have a second number. Your callers will never know that you are using a virtual phone app.
With many of us, your author included, paying for unlimited calling plans, you may wonder why having the ability to call using WiFi would be relevant or important. In our real life testing, my home office has spotty cell coverage and callers will often complain that they can’t hear me clearly. While using the Vonage app over my WiFi, I was able to make crystal clear calls without any trouble.
The app also included the ability to place video calls to other Vonage app users similar to Apple’s FaceTime or Skype mobile. The calls connected quickly and clarity was typically very good. Of course, your results will be tied to the quality of your data connection, either through WiFi or your mobile DATA plan. There is the option to send a text message to others that have the app. How useful this will be in a world with so many different text message options is debatable.
The video calling seems redundant as well to your author, a FaceTime user until you consider that not everyone has an iOS. The ability to start a video call to someone on another platform without having to remember their Skype ID, but just use their mobile number is simple and easy.
The app can link to your contacts if you give it permission, conveniently tells you the quality of your data connection and has a user interface that is clean and easy to use.
Call to other Vonage app users anywhere on the planet as the calls are always free to an international destination much less costly than your mobile rates or, incredibly, even Skype. If you want to call internationally from your mobile without pinching your wallet, you simply cannot beat the ease and reliability of Vonage. Call credits can be purchased from the app and billed to your iTunes account.
Vonage is running a limited time promotion that includes 3000 calling minutes each month for calls in the US. This really extends the utility of the app and permits you to limit the use of your plan minutes if you are not on unlimited.
I use many apps and can highly recommend Vonage Mobile Calling to help extend the usefulness of your phone.
Get The App:
- Visit the Vonage Mobile Website
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