Dodge some costs with your wi-fi
Travelers in the past centuries, used to expose themselves to various dangers during their trips, such as thieves, bandits, diseases, the political or economical instability and uncertainty of the many zones they reached, which could lead to them risking to lose any mean of transportation, or even their freedom.
Nowadays, those are out of discussion for most parts of the world, but still, the trouble seem to keep up with the ages: as there are different facilities and possibilities for someone, there are also new openings for unpleasantries or inconvenient details. If someone's happiness revolves around social media, they are "tied" to the internet, so no internet, no happiness for them.
If people want to travel far away, but still need to feel in touch with their family, friends, etc., it is very likely they have met the so-dreaded "roaming prices", which don't cease to demand their not-so-fair share of people's vacation funds.
As for an example, here are some of the average rates of some U.S.A's known providers:
It allows people to call through a global plan, if their smartphone has a data plan from that company. The rates could vary between $0.69 - $2.89, according to the country they are in.
Again, a global plan is available here, in the form of an add-on package,combined with the services or plan you already have from AT&T. About 140 countries are included in this option and it allows you to get 120 MB per month for $30, with the possibility of getting additional increments of 120 MB for the same price. Countries that are not included in this plan receive the cost of $.0195 per KB, which would be $19.5/MB. So, just watching a random video could cost you quite a lot, that, making data usage only worth for text-based apps and media.
With a somewhat spicier price when it comes to individual rates, that can go up to $4.99, Sprint provides the possibility for its customers to call international while roaming, even though the process is not a simple one. Due to some conflicting plans when switching the roaming areas, there have been complaints, not only here but in various situations, concerning the large mobile carriers about huge charges.
Plastic flakes (SIM's) and dull music's trial
Sometimes, in order to actually be able to use your phone when abroad, you'll have to carry another SIM card, detail that opens the door to many worries and trouble with managing and changing the two little plastic pieces. Asian phones, are oftenly equipped with dual-SIM slots, which could help you avoid this issue.
Furthermore, there is the need for you to make changes into your plan/telecom account so the services work while roaming as well. It oftenly requires for you to call their customer service – a place that is most likely crowded with calls, letting you listen the standard waiting tone, only to be welcomed afterwards by a possibly grumpy/tired/stressed operator. As it is mainly a larger companies' inconvenience, and also a matter of timing however, you can still hope for a better experience, especially if you deal with casual companies, like Nalotel, which don't need to account for hundreds of entries per day. Afterwards, even though you got over this trial of patience, you'll still end up with a larger charge to pay for your calls.
Quick and easy way out of large costs' trap
When going abroad, there is a need for mostly anyone to not forget a couple of important things like proper clothing, travel papers, passport, toothbrush, money, random emotionally valuable objects etc... So in this hurry many people forget a detail that could cost them quite a lot: they forget to turn off their data usage. Because of this, any kind of traffic could snowball into huge costs.
To avoid such risks, just connect to a wi-fi network and you're all set, unless you're getting too far away from it.
How to disable data on iphone?
It doesn't matter much what OS version you have, since they all work pretty much the same:
Settings > Mobile networks > Data Roaming ON/OFF
Or, on Android?
And same statement for Android devices:
Settings > Wireless & Networks > More > Mobile networks > (battery & data manager) > Data delivery > Uncheck the data roaming option
Taking care of this last thing will let no automatic-updates and random data ussage of your apps to gnaw at your walled by raising your phone bill.
Across the borders and back
If you ever needed to call USA from Canada, or the opposite, you might have encountered some unsettlingly prices. That's mostly because many people of the two places, have relatives, friends, acquaintances on the other side, and some providers don't hesitate to take advantage of that.
With Nalotel, you may call between USA and Canada freely, without any worries about huge bills.
Calling international nowadays, shouldn't be a reason of worry, considering all the technological advancements and the communication means that the average human disposes of.
Two childhood friends on a mondial level
It is known across the history how U.S. And Canada pretty much have a tradition of "exchanging" inhabitants. Some statistics show how more than a million of the U.S. Citizens are from Canada and just about a million at most of them work in Canada.
People also pass from Canada to U.S.A. or back. With a relative easiness, and whether is it for traveling, education, entertainment, or a business matter, they still have, in most cases, the need to feel connected somehow with their home, family, etc.
Keep in touch and talk freely, for a cheaper price
Knowing about their needs, the main providers should make it easier for the parted people, by giving them reasonable rates and prices, right? Not really! But contrary: phone companies like AT&T, Sprint, Verizon sell minutes for the overall price of $0.49, rate that can go to 9 cents per minute if the customers chooses an international calling plan of $5-$15, that adds up to the services they already have.
That's why we advice you to try our company: if you are using Nalotel, you may call to Canada from U.S.A or back with much cheaper rates and plans. The pay-per-minute rate is $0.019 and if you choose a calling plan with 500 or 1000 minutes, the price goes even lower, to under one and a half cents per minute. There are also other options and plans you can try, according to your preferences and needs as well.
If you and your party have an easy access to the internet on your devices (wi-fi, 3g, 4g) you may also take advantage of free international calling, using Nalo. It is a free, quick-to-install app, that you can get from magazine play or app store in just a few seconds. With it you may call others that also have it, for free, or those who don't have it, as if you are doing a regular call, by using Nalotel's plans and rates, which are still cheaper than the local phone companies' prices.
A convenient way of choosing your provider for international calls.
As there are more and more ways of long-distance communication nowadays, compared to the last decade's possibilities, people are no longer forced to stick to high-priced or troublesome services. Whether it is through internet, or by the usual telephonic services, reaching their beloved ones or pretty much anyone that is far away, is much cheaper and easier.
Firstly, let's take into account that many elements of the modern society are subjected to the possibility of receiving a comunity's review, telephonic services are no exception. For it, there are a couple of user-powered domains and forums, that are mainly managed by the people using them, so they could provide genuine reviews for you to browse through, with a variety of elements for all kind of situations that could be encountered.
Some of the trusted sources of feedback are Mobile VoIP Review, Trustpilot, Review Centre but not only, as many more are out there for you to find and make use of as you prefer. If you are using a smartphone, there is also the possibility to find some info right from the magazine play or app store's interface, as they allow users to share feedback and provide ratings.
Looking into reviews and additional info about a company could help you learn more about the unoficial details. Like this one: the fact that Skype, despite being vastly renown as one of the best apps for PC, has a pretty bad reputation, according to the users' feedback, in the cellphone domain.
Look around carefully
Usually, when they want stability, people tend to stick to their local provider, and if it happens to be one of the telecommunication shoguns (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc), they don't have much to say and are mostly bound to use whatever is given to them. That mild or not so mild handling of influence, usually forces the customers into paying something close to dictated prices, if they want a bit of independence regarding payment methods, and if not, their better option is to stick to a monthly subscription or plan, which gives a better price but binds people to a constant charge, whether they need it or not.
The applied fees and monthly plans may vary from a company to another, so it could be helpful for people to look thoroughly for companies like Nalotel, that provide competitive and less suppressing prices.
A variety of options to choose from
Its so much easier to find means for communication nowadays, even internationally, if you are using a PC, or mobile phone, since there is a large number of apps, programs and sites, designed especially for that. All you have to do is to carefully look on the internet for a while, because the sponsoring providers are usually coming up first, and most of their prices surely match the brand's reputation. So taking your time to find the smaller companies, that sometimes provide very competitive or even smaller prices, could help you make notable economies.
Many review sites provide a genuine feedback that could help you avoid unnecessary trouble. The example, as it has been stated already, could be Skype's reputation in the mobile industry, which is not so good, despite its performance and popularity among PC's.
Overall, when calling international, it is up to your own preferences and needs to choose which services you are going to use, but always make sure to check for alternatives. Tango and Vonage could be some reliable and popular options, but Nalotel's services and approach to some of your international calling needs could be just as fit or even more suited.
The streets or the internet for calling cards?
The fact that calling cards are still alive and kicking, in times like this, shows how much of a revenue they still generate. Available pretty much everywhere (gas stations, malls, supermarkets, local stores), they let you call international for a price, however, their monopoly is endangered by the virtual cards, that can be obtained even easier through the internet.
While there are still some risks and trouble that one is exposed to when using one of these, everyone is free to choose as they wish, the consequences, are to be discovered later.
Jump-starting your calling card
For some reason, just when you get a new calling card and try to get it started, you may encounter something silly: some of them might drain a part of their credit just to "awaken" and be ready to do the thing they are supposed to do. So if you buy a card of 50 minutes for $5 and at the first use you meet a $4 credit, it means you already lost twenty percent just for daring to use it, making the rate of 10 cents per minute turn into a 12.5 cents/min rate, detail that you should be warned about.
Not worth to only say hi
There might be times when you only intend to make a call for greeting someone or to pass a quick information, without a necessary need for engaging in a longer conversation, well, some calling cards don't agree with you. Whether you do or do not talk at least 4 minutes, you're getting charged according to that. So a simple case when you just want to congratulate a couple of friends, or send them heads up for something, could turn into a hazardous event for your credit.
Talk less, pay more
Make sure to always check the smaller or illegible text on those, to find out which of the rounding up methods they are using. The 1 minute-rounding is usual by now and it is the minimum applied almost everywhere, but what about three or five minutes? Sounds pricey, but it gets worse: some of them even apply a rounding-up of 8 minutes. Imagine that Katy has a card with 100 mins, she makes 10 quick calls in a day, how many minutes are left? That'll be 20 - out of 100, without all the other taxes, even if she talked less than 8 minutes during those calls.
Do calling cards pay bills?
If they need to get rid of worrying about constant refilling their international calling balance, some people buy expensive calling cards with large amounts of credit, like $100. The problem is, some of them also have monthly fees, which again, makes them less effective and mainly upsetting to utilize.
Avoid such trouble by trying Nalotel
There are many plans and small rates you could benefit of, when using our services so you can get rid of all the hidden fees and ridiculous additions in terms of costs, while keeping it simple and efficient. Most of the services are ready to use within minutes and everything can be done either online, or by phone.
There is also an app that you could use on your Android or iOS devices, it is called Nalo and can be obtained right away from magazine play and app-store. With it you could either call other users for free, or landline/cell-phones by using your credit or calling plan. It also has additional features, such as a chat and the video-calling option.
For those who like to keep it the classic way, good news: you may use the international calling services through your home phone, just with an access code, as your money/credit/minutes are all virtual. Multiple numbers can be registered on the same account so not only you, but your acquaintances or friends could benefit of the same credit, or you could have all of your phones ready for international action.
If you lack the necessary hardware to make international calls, we also could provide you with a VoIP phone, which is ready to go as soon as you connect it to the internet. With it, you don't have to enter the access number, instead, you call directly. Additionally, you get your own private number, which helps you avoid telemarketers.
Calling international from your iPad
More and more ipads become a trend in communication apparently, as new apps are being adapted and tweaked so they can be used on most devices, so no exception here. Since they seem to be mostly designed for entertainment purpose, and possible business or the productive domain. The wider screen they provide is pretty much holding the advantage of using a smaller notebook, and unless you really need a keyboard (which can be solved by getting a smart-keyboard) there are mostly no differences.
But wait, there's more: ever thought of using only the screen of a laptop to call your beloved ones? It is possible now, as it has been stated already, through all the apps that are swarming the internet. All you have to do is to download one of them and register (or not), and then, you are ready to go. Some of those apps are listed here:
Viber – This one's the tool for dodging the classic rates of local phone companies, that are not far from pretty much applying a financial extortion upon their customers, even nowadays, when communication means should be among the last of our worries. Viber is a platform that can be run on ipad as well, and allows VoIP and text messaging.
Fring – Along with the usual app-to-app services, it also lets you call those who don't have it installed, by applying the charge according to each destination. Additionally, there is also the group video-calling feature.
Skype – What's left to say about this renown brand? Most of us must have already used or heard of it, so we get that it is known worldwide. The services are optimised and pretty much the same as those of the other apps. With Skype, you may call/video-call, use VoIP to reach cellphones/landlines (at the expense of credit or monthly subscriptions) or use its text messaging features, that also supports the media exchange. The quality of non-text communication deppends on your and your party's internet speed,stability etc.
Facetime – Needs no further explanations as Facebook made sure to leave its imprint even on this one's name. It simply provides a mean for people to see eachother during their calls, as long as both ends have it installed.
Whatsapp – Just another app owned by Facebook, as they bought it some time ago. It lets users benefit of free app-to-app calling to whoever has the app installed. The call quality mainly relies on your internet connection.
A simple alternative
Nalo – Is one of the most handy and simple apps, which allows you to call your beloved ones with ease, right from your smartphone, tablet, ipad etc. as long as you are connected to the internet and since getting 3G and even 4G is easier and easier, there should be no problem. If those you want to reach have it installed as well, you may call them for free, if they don't, you can still use your Nalotel account's credit or a calling plan in order to dial their home phone or cell phone. There is also the video-call and chat option for you to utilize, so it should cover most of your long-distance requirements, in terms of communication.
If you are using an ipad so much, and carrying it around is not a problem, why not take full advantage of it and turn it into something that also helps you keep in touch with your family, friends, etc.
Ever saw your tablet as a phone?
It could be tricky to bring forth an idea such as using tablets as phones. Mainly, due to how odd it would be to randomly see people around, on the street, in parks, at parties etc., holding objects the size of a small notebook at their heads. Well, this doesn't seem so bad when you are video-calling, as the bigger screen makes it more enjoyable than peeking into the clumsy little visor of a phone, whether it is a smartphone or not. Furthermore, the multitude of possibilities that they provide, seems to be exceeding the battery's capacity, draining its power so quickly that people sometimes have to carry around wires, in order to recharge their phones as they go.
Having to manage and take care of both a phone and a tablet at the same time could also be another bothering issue. So if you need to read/watch/play on a bigger screen, and if there is a mean for your tablet to also take the place of a cell-phone, then it is the chance you can take advantage of. The inconvenience of holding a mini-ballistic shield at your head when talking, can be again bypassed by just using a hands-free set, or a bluetooth earphone, while the tablet is in a bag or handbag.
Auxiliary software for calling from your tablet
Many apps' compatibility makes them suited, or even recommended for your tabled if you want to communicate through them. So here are some of the apps you may take into account when making any kind of calls.
Skype: Starting off just as a platform that would help people call from their PC, Skype managed however to spread it's reach towards other devices, like phones or tablets. It only requires for you to sign up and its ready to go. The way it connects to the networks is by wi-fi or through your 3G or 4G data services and it allows you to either call for free, to any user(s) that also have it installed or by paying when reaching external destinations.
Icall: A software from apple that is easily customizable according to your preferences, through some additional payments and can be aquired for the price of just one dolar minus a cent. This app allows users to call from their iPad and since the main revenue is gained through ads, it can boast itself as self-supporting and somewhat financially stable.
Viber: Is another app to help you call through your tabled just as easy. Using the usual internet sources -wi-fi or data services- this app is ready to connect and call anytime. Also, because it links with the phone number, it can easily identify whoever of your contacts has it installed too, for making free calls.
Nalo: This app is handy and simple, and allows you to call your beloved ones who also have it, for free, via the internet connection. If you want to simply call a landline or a cell phone, it is also possible, by using Nalotel's rates or plans. This way, you're not paying the usual infladed prices that most local phone companies apply. Also it allows video-calling, so you could make use of your tablet's wider screen, and text-messaging for the times when you just feel like telling a lot, but your party is busy or unavailable. Additionally, some other advantage is that it's ads-free, so no annoying pop-ups or randomly appearing banners/videos to disturb your experience while using it.
If you enjoy having around the fun little screen, why not make use of it entirely and extend your communication capability? So you could sometimes get rid of worrying about your phone so much and turn your attention towards the really important things.
Big question: Nalotel or Viber?
If you want to call your family or friends while being accomodated abroad, there is a chance you might get spicy prices from a regular provider. What is the solution then? VoIP, or voice over IP calls are out there and available through so many apps. It helps you dimish some of the expenses at the cost of tying you to the internet.
Two of the companies that provide such optional services are Nalotel and Rakuten Viber. The apps available from them are Nalo and Viber respectively, and even though both are designed for international VoIP calling, they are not quite the same.
Nalotel- Is the American company for calling international, helping people keep in thouch at low costs for over a decade. Whether you want a monthly plan for constantly keeping in touch with your loved ones or friends, or just some credit for occasional talk, Nalotel has the solutions for you. Its so easy and without any bothering contracts or inconvenient agreements. The variety of services allow users to customize their own plan, according with their needs and preferences. There is also a VoIP phone you may use for your home, office, etc., which you can take with you anywhere. The advantages would be that you get your own phone number, which leaves aside the risk of being bothered by telemarketers. Also you don't get charged when receiving international calls. Along with the local and long-distance services, there is also an app for Android or iOS cell-phones, which can be installed with pretty much no effort, it is called Nalo. This app may be used to enable VoIP calling on your phone, so anyone could make use of their Nalotel plan or credit from anywhere. The rates are smaller than what you'd be paying to your local phone company for international calling, and if those you want to reach have the app installed as well, you may also benefit from free app-to-app calling, along with video-calling and the text-messaging feature.
Rakuten Viber- Originally founded by two chief information officers of the Israel Defense Forces (source: Wikipedia), in 2010, Viber was meant to be pretty much like Skype, a freeware app for instant messaging and VoIP. I was later bought by the Japanese company Rakuten, precisely in 2014. It is available for Linux, macOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, and iOS. By 2016, the app had around eight hundred registered users and advanced communication features, such as HD voice, group messaging and the VoIP feature that allowed users to call landline and mobile phone numbers. It also allows this features on your PC.
International calling experience
With Viber, a known inconvenience brought forth, could be that users are still at the risk of high costs, because, if the internet connection drops, the call is automatically switched to a normal call, so if they don't have any cheap roaming or international plan activated, they could pay the spiced up prices, that phone companies usually apply.
This is not a reason of worry with Nalo, because if the connection drops, the call drops as well. On a subjective level, there are advantages and disadvantages: some users prefer flawless quality at any costs, some additional taxes on their phone bills not being a problem; and on the other hand, others could afford some mild risks of discomfort if this means a financial advantage.
Either way, both companies provide a set of benefits, customized according with various preferences. The large amount of users that Viber has, means there is enough focus on development and support. Also, the high emphasis that Nalotel brought in helping the customer choose the best option for their calls, is also a good reason to consider trying our services out.
Things are changing!
The undertaken measures for this area, are now displaying how much of an effort and resources are spent nowadays to design, develop and promote the "little screens"(tablets, smart-phones, smart-watches, etc.) on the market. A feverishly competition is driving prices down and quality up on mostly all domains, so you, the average customers, are free to take advantage of that, benefiting of the best services, for decent-to-low prices, while keeping in touch with your loved ones.
5 of the best WiFi calling apps
WiFi calling is one of the best ways to reach whoever you wish, without having to worry about overly-expensive bills. Many people are using such services in order to save money. There are so many options out there to try, and due to a constant demand, new ones or the innovation of older ones, doesn't cease to appear. The compatibility is assured for most types of smart-phones and furthermore, technical support and even community support, can be found through all kinds of forums and internet materials: articles, reviews, etc.
Nalo- An easy-to-use app that allows you to call international without any other additions, or complications, as long as you've got some credit on your Nalotel account. It requires internet access, which is less and less of an issue. Calling app-to-app however, is completely free if the other side have it installed as well. There is also an integrated chat for text messaging and it also provides a video-calling option. The credit you have for the prepaid service does not expire.
KakaoTalk- Is one of those that allow free app-to-app calls, as long as both ends have the same service. It does not require any kind of registration or authentication, since it uses the user's phone number for identification and access. This app can be use on BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phones, and iPhones, as long as there is a mean for internet access.
iCall- Available for a wider range of devices (iPad, iPod Touch, Android and iPhone) this app can be used for wi-fi dialing even without a signal. If you make a simple call on your cell-phone, it could also be sent through wi-fi in order to dodge some charges. It also allows you to receive incoming calls, even if the app is turned off.
Pinger- With this app, wi-fi calling is available from your phone, to any landline or cell phone. Using this app does not imply the binding of any contract and you may dial them whether they have the app installed or not. If they want to reach you back however, the app needs to be installed on their side as well, and then, not only calling, but messaging too, is available.
WiCall- It may be used with your Android phone or Honeycomb tablet, enabling the user to make wi-fi calls. It provides a prepaid mobile services, without the bother of long-term contractual binding. The credit you have here does not have unlimited duration, instead, it expires 1 year after recharge. With WiCall, you don't have to worry about your phone company, because it routes your calls directly through the internet, using the VoIP method. The quality is good on most part, mainly depending on your internet speed, connection and signal.
Whichever of this apps you may use, they let you reduce your international calling costs quite notably by making use of the internet, and because the possibilities of connecting are getting more and more accessible, finding a viable, or even random signal to call at any time shouldn't be a problem.
Picking one from the many
An avalanche of calling cards is available for everyone to buy from nearly everywhere on the territory of USA and Canada. Because of this, market monopoly shouldn't be a problem in this case, and it isn't? While the big problem is pretty much out of discussion, this leaves somehow, room for other smaller issues. Despite of how many options are there to choose from, most providers are still following an unchanged set of rules and practices which may influence people's experience when using those cards. A couple of elements should also be taken into account when getting a calling card.
It is like a minigame to check through the small text for “clues and details” about all the possible and impossible taxes that are applied on the calling cards. As little as those cards are, and with such a small monetary value carried by them, one would think that its not even worth the effort of scamming people through taxes, on a $10 credit. But they did it, they added taxes for pretty much everything they could, and when they ran out of options to tax, they added new types of fees: the rounding-up. Basically it means that you call 1 or less that a minute, and you are charged for three, five and even eight minutes. At this rate, as they “try” to keep up, the calling cards revolution might lead to situations where people just get taxed for looking at them, or for considering purchasing them. Leaving the joke aside, it is just ridiculous how people lose a big part of their calling credit in such ways.
Because of the restriction that some cards have for some countries, you need to be careful and always check it. Also, you may compare the prices of different cards to be sure you get the best deal, since there are so many options to choose from.
Market's big sharks could make good rafts
If reliability is an important factor for you then, make sure to pick the most renown brands, since most are maintaining the quality levels, in accordance with their reputation. Due to so many companies throwing bad services on the market, you are adviced to also do a serious research, in order to make a good choice and not end up with low-quality services. Barely being able to hear the person you are calling, having your calls randomly disconnected, or simply not being able to connect in the first place, can be pretty frustrating, especially when there is an emergency, or you really need to dial someone.
From people to people
Given the opportunities that are now given by the internet, you may easily access all kind of informational resources on pretty much anything. Calling cards are not an exception, there are countless of reviews out there for everyone to check before getting clogged by some bad services or unreliant investition. There is also the possibility of finding out beforehand, whether a certain calling card should be avoided, by reviews and warnings that other users have left.
One option to replace them all
If none of those calling cards seem to be fit for you, then you may try the alternative that our company brings on the table: an app designed for your smartphone that could be easily downloaded for Android and iOS in just a few seconds. The app's called Nalo and the blue emblem makes it easy to recognise. The bother of having to always visit the store is gone, since through our app, you could also check and manage your balance becouse you will hear it every time you call. The chat and video-calling, are some other features you could try if you decide to use it.
An apparently cheap calling card could not be the best option, so always make sure to check the small prints on it for the whole detailed description of how the taxes are applied. The possibility of finding better services is there, since more and more user-focused domains and forums are started to emerge out there on the internet.
Best Android Texting App
The constant strive for market supremacy that Android and Apple's iOS bring on the table, brought them both into a state of tense advancement towards the latest and finest technological development. Android turns out to be a real challenger for Steve Jobs' company with a prospering app store. In terms of SMS/text/chat, some of the most popular brands kept up (due to constantly being adapted and changed along with the consumers' demands and needs) and were not pushed aside, but contrary, are still gaining teritory. As always, there are also new “kids” in the neighborhood. Here we are going to take a look upon those top apps.
Starting out as an original VoIP platform, Skype managed to gradually beef up until nowadays, becoming one of the most renown calling and texting apps worldwide. Its version for Android makes instant messaging very easy, almost anywhere. The app also provides a variety of favorable rates (for most locations) on international SMS and texts.
The google giant, didn't seem to forget about this type of communication, giving their fans an app that is easily integrated with the Gmail account and G-chat. Additionally, one may receive an unique Google Voice number. Taking into account unlimited and free group messaging, SMS and text messages, people usually need a trial period before taking any decision, as there are still some bugs to be fixed. A disadvantage would be that the app is US-locked, however, its availability may be widened during 2017-2018, as some rumors say.
Despite arriving into the battle later than Skype or Google Voice, What'sApp quickly climbed among the global leaders in terms of texting. The level of customization that WhatsApp proudly brings on the table (many emoticons, multimedia messages, adding/changing a converstation's wallpaper, editing the title in group messaging and many more) enabled it to be one of the best and most used apps for Android. The economic factors also did not have a negative impact and for less than a dollar/year the What'sApp seems to be something that more and more people use. A small hidrance may be that in order to talk with people through this app, both sides must have it installed, but since it is used by an increasing amount of people, the issue is not such a big one.
Another VoIP app that also allows group chat with 40 people at most, along with the usual texting, is Viber. With the help of a Wi-Fi network, Viber users may benefit from free texting and calls. The app is mostly used for calling but as a nice addition to it, comes the texting capability.
For those who simply want privacy, this Android app may come in handy. The fact that it requires a password to be set before using it, and its capability to encrypt text, makes it very popular among people who don't want their informations, conversations, preferences to be snatched by the “big brother” kind of companies, for more or less ethic reasons. If not for that, simply having their messages spied (by geeky relatives, but not only), or just the thought of it, could be unpleasant for some, which makes TextSecure very useful. Furthermore, the recent disclosures that Edward Snowden made, about the weariness of data security, and the almost non-existent privacy on some “crowded” parts of the internet, must have had an impact in boosting this app's renown. The shock was not big for the larger number of consumers, however, there are also those that always welcome some more security than the mainstream level.
Go on and see for yourself which of these texting/SMS/calling apps, that are available on Android, is more suited for you, instead of dishing out money to your phone operator, for international and local communication. Don't forget to also check our own app: Nalo, that provides reasonable services and efficient ways for you to call international. It can be downloaded for free, from app store and magazine play in just a few seconds and it may be used right away. Additionally, because it requires just a small amount of resources, it won't slow your phone down.
International calls by mobile phone
Beware the services you are using when calling international via cell phone because you might have unpleasant surprises when the bill arives. Because of the usual taxes or simply just the price of a call abroad, using apps becomes an increasingly spreading habit of people nowadays. And due to being easier to use, more handy and furthermore, free, along with all the advertising, support and development they receive, apps are quickly gaining more and more territory each year.
The plans for calling abroad
When using a phone company, such as AT&T, Nalotel, Sprint and Verizon, someone that wants to call international has a few options to choose from. One of them is the pay-per-minute option, which applies the charge, deppending, from a country's rate to another. Some other, would be to choose a monthly plan, which lowers the rate per minute, but also brings in a fixed payment, without the possibility of paying less if calling less. There is however, the option of combining a plan with the rate, in order to avoid the effort of managing two separate services. This is mainly useful for those who call very often, but not only.
With Nalotel, you may have both options active at the same time: a credit, that does not expire, to use when calling anywhere, and also a fixed plan for the longer type of calls that you would make with your loved ones, friends, etc.
The classic calling card
For people who are newly settled in a foreign country, calling cards seem to be a good option, due to the lack of information and trust they have for the phone companies and services available there. What many don't know is that, such cards could be very expensive, mainly due to a practice that is widely spread among providers, and can be more or less costly, depending on the region. This trick they play on custommers is the minute-rounding and it can go from the usual increment of one minute, to three, five and even eight. Combining this with the additional pick-up, hung up, and the other taxes that are craftily set, the people calling, are always charged more, therefore, they use less of the credit they paid for. The client's option would be to carefully read all the details and specifications when buying one of these cards.
With Nalotel's cards, which are electronic, and can be easily obtained with a simple call, such trouble, with the over-taxing, but not only, could easily be avoided.
Apps: an alternative designed for your cell-phone
Last but not the least option, would be the using of an app for making your calls. While Skype, Google Voice, Viber and Vonage, and many others, are all having apps for cell phones, Nalotel comes with their own app for Android and iOS. With this app, any registered customer could easily access their credit, and make international calls, by being charged according to the their plan/rates. If those you call have the Nalo app installed as well, by using any kind of internet connection (data or wifi), you may dial them for free.
Whether you are using this or that, or some other means for calling international, the quality is an important element that should be taken care of. This includes a series of factors like drop rate of calls, the connection stability and integrity. So no matter how cheap a service would be, if those requirements are not met, it is not worh at all. And that's why Nalotel is trying to provide the best price-quality raport.
Sim Cards or Apps? Which is better?
If you ever called internationally, you must have discovered by now that it implies a constant strive between finding the proper prices with a fair stability. Considering the avalanche of options that are available now, one would even feel overwhelmed at first, contrary to the previous decades' telecom situation, when it was much harder and more expensive to communicate with someone not only abroad but even locally. Despite those barriers being gone nowadays, the risk of ridiculous bills and crippling stress levels, still exists. In that case, how may one avoid such trouble?
The options to encounter
SIM card: Usually available for good prices, these may also be used to call international. For using them however, your phone needs a free SIM slot, meaning that you will need to replace the current one. Either this, or getting a side-phone just to call international, could work, unless you have a dual SIM phone, which, in this case would turn out to be a more handy solution. Just as the usual SIMs, the one used for international calls, carries a balance, and the user may choose when, or how much to recharge, deppending on their preferences or needs.
SIM cards may be purchased from Lebara, Lycamobile and many more.
A downside may be that it requires your phone to be unlocked.
Apps: Composed of scripts and electrical impulses, apps are software additions that you may download for your smartphone. As soon as it is acquired, an app may have your contacts imported from your phone list, or some other sources. It usually requires the user to have a credit from which their calls could be charged, but with Nalo, one may call for free, if the other person has it installed as well. For using it however, you need to be connected to the internet, which nowadays, is a less and less bothering issue.
Apps: Skype, Nalo
Efficiency and accessibility
Here we're going to take a look at which of them could provide a most satisfying reliability, because no one would pick an option if the quality level is less than decent, no matter how cheap it is. Even free options are quickly discarded if they become a reason of headaches.
Since they emerged and starded developing, apps quickly gained territory through their availability and the easiness with which they may be acquired. Just a few taps and swipes now and you may download any app from the internet. They also constantly change enabling them to receive fixes and improvements, this also, placing them further ahead. Another factor, is simply the aspect of the market nowadays, that focuses on convenience. For exaple, sometimes is more comfortable and quicker to just get an app online, than get to a nearby store and buy a SIM. Due to the effort and attention that is given to them, apps also are more likely to receive reviews and all kind of promoting, for free. More and more services nowadays seem to also focus on being less repressive, by avoiding binding elements, such as contracts or agreements.
If you have a phone that is network-locked, using another SIM card may be impossible, and even if it isn't locked, constant switching between the two cards could be a bother.
Some people choose the option of using two phones, each designed for basic use and international calling respectively, however, taking care of two phones, might also become an issue (carrying, charging them etc.) Its been said that some dual-SIM smartphones are being worked on, and some other seem to already be out for sale, statistics though, only seem to favor them in the Eastern territories.
Overall, SIMs just seem to be more of a physical and mental burden than the apps, and they also receive less support on mostly all levels, so obviously, the apps are winning.
Which costs less - SIM cards or apps?
The constant hunger for money that became an ordinary display on pretty much all the markets, also comes with a self-regulating element: the competition. As new providers join in with the same product, each of them drops the prices and even more, they strive for better quality. So in other words, competition just acts as a boost on productivity, that also works in the favor of the consumer, supposedly.
Some statistic data, provided information about how much easier is, for a company that uses the internet as well, such as Nalotel, to provide prices that are much cheaper than what SIM cards bring on the table.
The prices alone should be a fair-enough factor for you to consider using our services, instead of the SIM cards. But if that still isn't enough, there is also the quick review you might consider as well.
Escaping the comercial matrix of dictated prices
A common fact nowadays, is that calling internationally is not quite cheap. Its not hard to understand that dialing from a corner of the world to anothey may be a bit costly. The trick however, is that such calls are not expensive for the phone companies, which brings in quite a big profit, especially when adding a margin of ninety percent, as the majority of them does.
Because of this, Nalotel is trying to make things easier for us by introducing the Nalo app. The way it works is pretty handy due to its possibility to call app-to-app or app-to-cellphone/landline.
All you need is an internet connection, that can be easily obtained through the now increasingly spread wifi signals. Nalo app can be downloaded on either Android devices or iphones' iOS and just like Skype or Viber, you may reach anyone for free, if they have it installed as well. Additionally, if you want to call someone that doesn't have it installed (home phones, cellphone brands without Android/iOS), connection is not restricted, instead, you may use your available credit to call directly through Nalo, just as dialing from a device to another.
The rates that Nalotel provides for most countries are very cheap, so you could call from USA to Europe, Middle East or even further, just like you'd be calling your neighbor across the street.
The aim of this kind of services it to make Nalotel customers be less dependant on their phone companies or other communication moguls, mostly by providing some more flexibility when they try to reach their beloved ones around the world or mainly when trying to connect with anyone that is far away.
The overpricing of WalMart phone cards
Losing touch with the loved ones when they move far away, seems to be something most people dread nowadays, even while they still have so many options available for keeping in touch. A mean that seems to give a good cost-reliance raport, and is so easily picked by anyone from nearly all stores, is the phone card. According to the feedback it receives however, and as it most oftenly happens in marketing nowadays, but not only, appearances are misguiding. This case is not an exception.
Calling cards sold at WalMart are mostly network-tied. No exception made by StraightTalk, TracPhone, T-Mobile, Verizon and many more. So buying one of these cards might not be such a good idea, if you intend to use them outside their valid network.
Other phone cards sold at WalMart come with additional options, as well as additional charge, compared to the usual ones, that only provide text and minutes, or the pay-per-minute cards. Before buying one, make sure to check all of its available options, since even the dialing might be more expensive.
With some calling carts, you could could still call from any phone, however, at such a price, that its not worth, unless there's a real emergency or in a desperate situation. Also, as if it wasn't enough that it may cost around 8 cents per minute, it also drains your calling plan minutes. But wait, there's more! Hidden fees and all kind of charges that are applied to most calling cards, makes it so you benefit from much less than the amount you paid for.
Another issue with phone cards could be the easiness or the rate at which they apply "minute-rounding". Deppending on the state, it can be more or less spicy. Here is some statistic data:
- DC, IL, IN, MA, NM, RI, TX, USVI : every minute used is charged separately.
- AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, GA, HI, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PR, SC, TN, UT, WI, WV: charge applied every 3 minutes.
- AK, AZ, CO, FL, IA, ID, MN, MT, NC, NH, OK, PA, VA, VT, WA, WY: if you don't speak amounts of time that are multiples of 5, it is going to cost you extra!
- ND, SD, MO: here the round up goes to 8 minutes, so only a short call to exchange informations, or the mailbox answer, or even an accidental call, could cost you as much as a small/medium conversation.
Easier to use, for a cheaper price
Undoubtlely, the smartphone technologies brought new opportunities and easened some aspects of our existence. So with apps like Skype, Google Voice, Tango and Nalo you could easily dial right away, with just some taps and swipes, without all the ridiculous taxes that the calling cards carry.
Take a look at Nalo: it provides access for you to call international, without any hidden fee, rounding up, or bulk-charging. The rates that Nalotel provides are also fairly placed so you wouldn't be frowning when you check your balance after a long call. Beware the tricks that are being played on you through the calling cards, or simply avoid them by trying out Nalo, right from your app store or magazine-play!
Unlimited calling services from Nalotel
It can be such a headache to call internationally, and due to the quality risks and the financial burden, it can get even worse.
That's why, some crafty fellows turned towards alternative means, such as Facebook, Skype, Tango, Viber, WhatsApp, etc. Those however, are tied to the internet, so in the absence of any wifi signal or decent data reserves, they are unable to reach their party and if we consider the connection issues or the breakdowns as well, it can get quite painful, especially when there are events that require an immediate connectivity. Another inconvenience could be the cases when the person that you are trying to reach doesn't have a smartphone. Landlines could be called through some apps too, but with such a high expense, that some may prefer saving up some calls to buy the plane tickets and talk face-to-face. Calling cards are still alive and kicking, and provide a better way to call both landlines and smartphones, their quality over apps being matched by their prices.
The international calling monopoly should be reduced, so people get a square part on prices.
Meet Nalotel, an American company designed to bring its customers the best international calling services along with more than fairly-priced quality and reliability. After over a decade and half of experience in providing telecom services, the constant innovation and improvement that had been attained and the strive to work in the favor of the custommers, enabled Nalotel to reach a balanced and reasonable way of providing the most favorable prices for their custommers.
Because of this, in order to keep the pace going with the advancing communication industry, Nalotel provides a mean for unlimited calling along with the other services, keeping good rapports in the quantity/price formula. So, for unlimited international calling with so many countries, there is a $32.99 price, this including a free VoIP phone, without the need to pay additional taxes. For some countries, like Romania, Canada, India and China, but not only, you may also call to mobile phones, along the usual landline devices. Furthermore, this also includes the call-back service on any plan.
The telecom industry is seen as a goldmine because the possibility to make huge incomes through margins that orbit around eighty percent. For someone who talks 2000+ minutes per month, Nalotel's rate would mean less than $0.015 per minute, becoming almost an insignificant price when you are talking to your relatives and friends abroad. Furthermore if you are not talking that much but you still want to get a fair price, our other plans are cheap enough so you wouldn't feel a difference between calling internationally and simply calling someone in your state. For example, a plan for Romania would give you 500 minutes for both cellphone and landline for just $6.5 per month, this meaning $0.013 per minute, or if you'd like 1000 cellphone and landline minutes, it'll be just $12.40, this means less than $0.013 per minute.
Whether you want to use Nalotel's services with an access code, through the VoIP phone, or from your smartphone via Nalo app, both the prepaid credit or the plans are available for you to use as you please. Because of the instability and the issues that most of the communication apps have, they are not much recommended for important matters, when you need to have some more stability and a flawless, or at least decent signal.
There have been so many innovations nowadays that no domain is left without a representative name, or more. Skype, and WhatsApp seemed to seize the market with a continous advancement in providing peer to peer calling and video-calling services. Spotify made for themselves a reputation in the music industry. So what Nalotel is trying to do, is to provide a flexible alternative, and the way our app works is pretty convenient.
App-to-app and app-to-cellphone/landline
Over the years, our app has proven to be really useful, mainly because you may use it to call anyone for free, if they have it installed. If they don't, you may also dial app-to-cellphone/landline and the charge is applied according to the rates for that region, either from your credit, that does not expire, or using the minutes you receive from your plan.
The way it works is pretty simple: just as with an access code, your phone company will only see you as dialing locally, so the payment will be according to that, and because almost everyone has now unlimited calls in the USA, there will be no problem. In order to make sure there's no unpleasant surprise for you when the phone bill arrives, we're making sure you get the best access code in your area. So, considering this all, the only extra payment that you'd need to make for an international call, would be around $0.02, varying from a region to another.
Another advantage is that there're no additional taxes you'd have to worry about, the only tax that we perceive, is twenty percent of the total amount, so, no other hidden fees. This needed to be more transparently displayed, because there are many cases when people can't make use of their full credit. For example, when people buy a calling card, just like any other grocery, from a random shop, there are sometimes a couple of hidden taxes (for dial, and even for hung up) and in the end, they don't get to talk the amount they paid for.
Nalotel offers services for international calling in over 200 countries, so it is most likely that you'd find a reasonable plan, and in the future, there's the possibility of even more options and plans to be added, so all of the custommers could call anywhere.
Quality in simplicity
The app has been designed so it could be easily accessed from your smartphone, whether it works with Android or iOS. All you have to do is download and install it, from magazine-play or app store, and then, for security reasons, and as an authentication, you'll be required to enter the numeric user and password. After that, it's ready to go and you may try its features anytime. The interface has been designed in such manner that it is simple and easy to navigate. Even the colors, white and blue, should add to the esthetic level of the app. While you are using the app, you have the keys on the main screen, that are designed so you could comfortably enter the number you want to call. No more access codes are needed to be typed in before it.
Some more options of the app are displayed right on the screen, accessible and handy. Through Nalo, video-calling is also possible, and if leaving written messages to be seen later is your preference, you may use app's chat. If you want to check the history of your calls and details about them, Nalo also provides this option.
Accessibility is an important factor, so the options of this app are designed in such way that it is simple, making it easy to work with.