5 Best Free Calling Apps for Businesses

With so many people using their mobile devices on the go these days, if you’re planning on using a free calling app to host your next conference call, it’s important that the app you choose be compatible with the devices participants will be using. After all, 33 percent of people use their smartphone to video conference.

Here are the five best free calling apps for businesses:

  1. Skype
  2. Hangouts
  3. Slack
  4. FaceTime
  5. FreeConferenceCall.com

Let’s find out more about the free calling apps that businesses can leverage.

What Are Calling Apps?

To put it simply, calling apps are mobile or desktop apps that allow their user to connect via voice and/or video to other app users, landline phones or smartphones.

Calling apps typically use either Wi-Fi or cellular data to place calls. So, the quality of the call is dependent on the users’ internet connection or signal strength.

Calling apps have been a popular means of communication since the 2000s, but they’re far from obsolete. Quite the opposite, in fact—mobile calling apps are now more sophisticated than they’ve ever been, and they’ve evolved to become valuable tools for businesses as well as individuals.

Why Use Calling Apps?

If your company already uses desktop conference calling software, looking for a great mobile calling app might sound redundant. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

As advancing technology allows companies to communicate more frequently than ever with out-of-town clients and hire employees who work remotely, the need for effective mobile calling apps is only growing.

Today’s mobile calling apps can do more than just call, though—many of the best offer a level of functionality similar to their desktop counterparts, such as file sharing and screen sharing.

Free Calling Apps for Android and iOS

With a market share of over 50 percent, there’s no denying that Android is popular in other countries.

So, free calling apps designed for Android can be an important tool in your meeting arsenal, especially for companies who do a lot of overseas calling or frequently host conference calls using Android devices.

However, that doesn’t mean you should overlook Apple. Although iOS devices only have a worldwide market share of about 19 percent, they’re even more prevalent in the U.S., with a market share of over 40 percent.

So, free calling apps designed for iOS devices can be particularly useful for companies who mostly do the domestic calling, host frequent conference calls using iPhones, or provide their employees with iOS devices.

Here are some of the best free calling apps:

Hangouts

With Hangouts (by Google), you can call up to 25 people at one time, as well as share files. However, no screen sharing is available on mobile. A more business-oriented version of Hangouts, Hangouts Meet, allows up to 50 simultaneous callers, but only with a monthly paid G Suite subscription.

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Rating: 4 stars on Google Play, 4.5 stars on the App Store.

Skype

One of the oldest video calling apps available, Skype can be used to call up to 25 people at one time, and also allows users to share files (but not screens). Up to 250 participants can be added with a paid subscription.

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Rating: 4 stars on Google Play, 4.5 stars on the App Store.

FaceTime

FaceTime comes pre-installed on all recent iPhones and is completely free to use. It allows up to 32 participants to join a video call at one time, though it doesn’t allow file or screen sharing.

You can learn more about FaceTime on the App Store.

FreeConferenceCall.com

FreeConferenceCall.com allows up to 1,000 participants to join a conference call and also features high-definition audio, video calling, file sharing and screen sharing.

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Rating: 4 stars on Google Play, 4 stars on the App Store.

Which Free Calling App is Right for You?

Take a look at this helpful comparison chart to determine which of the top free calling apps is best for you.

If you’re looking for a way to hold high-quality video conferences for free, and without being limited to certain devices, any of these apps have the potential to be the great tool for your business.

To learn more about how you can hold high-quality video conferences from anywhere and any device, take a look at our FreeConferenceCall.com apps.

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