Top 10 Free Calling Apps for Windows Phone for 2017

Today, Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP for short allows us to use our modern broadband connections to make phone calls instead of antiquated copper telephone lines. If you think about it, a huge chunk of your old phone bill used to go to maintenance and upkeep of physical infrastructures but with VoIP services, you are using your existing internet connection. So none of this hassle applies. As you can imagine, VoIP service is generally much cheaper than traditional phone service and in some cases, calls are absolutely free. But of the many apps available on the market for making free phone calls for Windows Phones, 10 apps in particular stand out. These are backed by some of the biggest companies in telecommunication. So you know you'll be getting top notch service.

1. Skype

Many of you are familiar with Skype because of its video chat service. However, it offers VoIP calling as well.

Rating: 3.5 with 289K ratings

Pros:

  • If the other party has Skype installed, all calls are free
  • You get a phone number assigned to you when you purchase Skype credits
  • The app is available for all major mobile and desktop operating systems. So you can talk to virtually anyone in the world.
  • Cons:

  • With this app, you'll need to purchase credits to call any landline or cell phone number
  • Some users report that the service is frequently down
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    2. Viber

    Viber has been around for quite a while and recently it has added video calling and chat features.

    Rating: 3.9 with 41K ratings

    Pros:

  • Calls to other Viber users are absolutely free.
  • It supports all major operating systems. So you'll get the added benefit of being able to use Viber on all of your devices.
  • It is not a big load on your data limit.
  • Cons:

  • Like Skype, you'll have to purchase credits if you want to call a normal phone number
  • Some users have had to cope with small delays in audio traversal, but it is generally considered acceptable as it’s free
  • Top 10 free calling apps for Windows phone for 2015

    3. WhatsApp

    WhatsApp is always trying to bring something unique in the market. This year, they have introduced the free calling feature using VoIP instead of your cellular service.

    Rating: 3.8 with 30K ratings

    Pros:

  • Uses superior audio technology to provide the best audio quality possible
  • The most popular communication app with over 800 million users worldwide. So, you can be sure that most of your friends use it
  • Can be used on cross platforms
  • Cons:

  • Free for one year only, after which time you have to extend your subscription for a small fee of $0.99/year.
  • Top 10 free calling apps for Windows phone for 2015

    4. Line

    Line is a new third party app that serves more than 400 million customers worldwide. Since it is relatively new, the current version of the software is still buggy but it delivers its promises.

    Rating: 3.5 with 22K ratings

    Pros:

  • Allows free voice calls with other Line users
  • Supports cross platform. So, your friends and you could be using different devices and still enjoy free calls
  • Cons:

  • Non-Line users have to pay fees but these are very low
  • Bugs need to be fixed
  • Top 10 free calling apps for Windows phone for 2015

    5. ooVoo

    OoVoo has over 100 million users in over 130 countries and is one of the largest video chat and messaging apps in the world. It offers video calls, voice calls, and text messages for free on cross platforms.

    Rating: 4.5 with 12K ratings

    Pros:

  • Incorporates echo noise cancellation for clear and superior audio quality during video and voice calls
  • Works on almost any operating system and most modern devices
  • Allows media sharing
  • Add friends from your personal contact list, Facebook and Twitter
  • Top 10 free calling apps for Windows phone for 2015

    6. BBM

    Blackberry Messenger was initially developed for blackberry devices but it is now supported by many operating systems including Windows Phone 8.0 and later

    Rating: 2.9 with 5,843 ratings

    Pros:

  • Instant chats, picture sharing and voice calls for free
  • Cons:

  • Very slow communication for both text and voice calls
  • Top 10 free calling apps for Windows phone for 2015

    7. Nimbuzz

    With over 200 million users worldwide, Nimbuzz is an app that combines the power of internet and that of a smart phone messenger. It has been around for quite a while and is well known for providing unlimited chat messages and file sharing on various platforms. Although it does not get the press that the others get for voice calls, it is still a great free app.

    Rating: 3.6 with 2,557 ratings

    Pros:

  • Apart from free calls, it provides several other services
  • Supported by a multitude of platforms
  • Share photos and videos with your friends on Facebook, Gtalk and other social media platforms.
  • Cons:

  • Voice calls suffer significant distortion when using the phone’s speaker
  • Cannot be used in background
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    8. ICQ

    With ICQ, you get free calling to any number within the United States, but if the other party has the ICQ app installed, you can call anywhere in the world for free. Now, they even have IP based text messaging and a video chat feature and your existing phone number is used when you make outgoing calls.

    Rating: 4.1 with 636 ratings

    Pros:

  • Very easy to use interface and user friendly voice chat
  • Works flawlessly on cross platforms
  • Audio quality is excellent
  • Cons:

  • Does not offer adequate help and support as other apps
  • Lacks other additional as it focuses on simplicity
  • Top 10 free calling apps for Windows phone for 2015

    9. KakaoTalk

    KakaoTalk is a very popular messaging option, especially outside of North America.

    Rating: 3.2 with 339 ratings

    Pros:

  • It allows you take make group and individual calls to other users freely
  • Works on cross platforms
  • Cons:

  • Many users report that it does not permanently work on their devices. The app needs to be reinstalled several times
  • Top 10 free calling apps for Windows phone for 2015

    10. Magicjack

    If you've ever stood in line at Walgreens or watched late night infomercials, you've surely heard of Magicjack. They made their name by offering the USB stick that converted your landline to VoIP but now they have a Windows phone app. This one isn't as feature-rich of some of the others but you can use it to make calls to any number in the US for free.

    Rating: 2.7

    Pros:

  • It’s easy to use and very simple to setup.
  • Cons:

  • Audio quality is not as good as other apps discussed
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