Skype has been the world leader in VoIP apps since a long time. But with so many complaints of low quality calls, too many crashes, and a general distrust of Microsoft, for many, Skype lost its appeal, despite its old reputations.
If Skype isn't a best choice for you there are few other apps which can help you find solutions. We are here with Best 6 Skype alternatives.
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1. Google Hangouts (Web, Android, iOS)
Since a very short period of time after its launch, Google hangout has clearly been a rival to Skype.
While you use Hangouts just as another messaging app, It's the best way for you to voice and video call up to 10 contacts (simultaneously) on iOS, and Android. The regular Google Hangouts Web app is pretty impressive, too.
You can add contacts from your phone as well as your Gmail Contacts to your hangout contacts list. If those contacts are Google Hangout users, you can call them completely for free. You can call landlines and mobiles from Hangouts, too.
Almost all calls to Canada and the US are entirely free from any country where Hangouts is available. To make other calls, though, you’ll have to add some credit to your account and pay a relatively small per-minute call charge.
2. Appear.In (Web, iOS)
Appear.in is what you’re looking for if you are looking for the most simple way to make voice or Video Calls. You don’t even need to download anything or a signup! There is an iOS app, though, if you’re interested.
All you have to do is create a Chatroom and share the link to people you wish to connect with. Appear allows you to add 8 People for now. When a recipient clicks the link, the room will open in their browser. It can be easily used by mobile browsers.
You can choose to either have a voice or video call, and you can also share your screen. And if you’re worried about privacy, you can “lock” your call to prevent anyone else from joining if they somehow found your unique link.
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3. ooVoo (Web, Android, iOS, Windows, Mac)
ooVoo is a free cross-platform (Android, iOS, Windows, Web) app that allows free calls to other ooVoo users, and paid calls to landlines and mobiles. It’s group video calls are of particularly high quality, which is the main reason why it’s included in this list.
You can add up to 12 people for free when you use web based ooVoo, without signing up or downloading anything. All you have to do is send them a unique link. All calls can be recorded, and screens can be shared.
Will You Really Stop Using SkypeAlthough Skype is usually the default option for calls over the internet, there are many great alternatives out there. These range from the super simple, to the feature-rich, with plenty in between.
Do you think any of these will be good enough for you to start moving away from Skype?
If so, let us know what frustrated you so much about Skype to make you start searching for alternatives in Comments below?