Apparently there are a lot of people who have been looking for an alternative for Skype –ever since it was sold to Microsoft and started playing silly buggers for some. Well, here is a great app from the good people at Google that is both entirely free and that will enable users to make free calls to land-lines and cell phones in Canada and the United States.
This app can be used on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to complete long-distance as well as regular phone calls. If you have a Google Voice number, this is the number that will show up on the call recipient’s device. Don’t worry if you don’t have this number, as you can still use this service. What is required from you though is to have a google account, complete with an email address and a password.
Please remember that by using this app with your real personal information, you are potentially giving the enterprise behind this practical app access to a considerable quantity of personal details –not that this is necessarily a bad thing, it’s just that some people tend to be more sensitive when it comes to privacy. If you are not comfortable with that, we recommend not to use this service, or at least to use an alternative account solely for this app.
This being said, this is a cool service that should help you save a lot of money on cell phone minutes and long distance calls. I called my uncle who lives in Vancouver the other day and he didn’t realize I was using Wi-Fi even though it was through the Hangouts app.