Today is the era of wireless communication. Phone calls are a thing of yesteryears, and we are not missing it one bit. With the continuous innovations in our technology we find it easier and easier to communicate with our family and friends.
However, even as we say that wireless and instant communication is now the norm, texting – the phone fad of the 2000’s for communicating – is losing its ground in a more preferable way of communicating. These days, it’s all about instant messaging and video chatting.
IMs and video chats
With the proliferation of Smartphones through technological developments, the wide preference for video chat has been possible for most, if not all, of us. Because of this, it is most likely that no matter what operating system your Smartphone runs on, it came with a built-in app for video chat. Not having one can spell doom for the company and product; it’s a must-have for every Smartphone nowadays. This is how the mobile world goes by now: if you have free apps for video calling and communicating, you’ll get a pretty good feedback from the consumers.
Fox News Latino has reported that there is a steady increase in the popularity of messaging and video chat apps found on Smartphones. This is probably because while texting has taken the place of phone calls in communicating, SMS plans are more expensive when compared to the free services from the mobile apps. Companies that offer VoIP services like RingCentral are attracting customers due to lower costs; it’s no wonder why apps similar to these services are getting more and more popular.
Which suits your business best?
But with a myriad of choices out there, which mobile app is the right one for you? Say you want a simple instant messaging app that you can sometimes use for video calls. Or you want to call someone whose phone has a different OS? Maybe you need to talk to, oh, I don’t know, 12 people at a time? Don’t worry! You can have more than one, silly! Surely you’ll find something that fits your daily needs.
1) ooVoo – Don’t be deceived by the silly-sounding name. The services that ooVoo provides more than make up for its name. Seen by many as the best alternative to Skype, ooVoo offers instant messaging, voice calls, voice chats, and VoIP. The calling rates are also cheap at 1.8 cents a minute, although ooVoo doesn’t cater to as many countries. If that is not enough to impress you, how about the fact that ooVoo allows up to a maximum of eleven people that you can chat with at the same time? That’s more compared to what Google Hangouts (9 people) can offer. You will definitely dig ooVoo.
2) Tango – You will definitely dance to the features that Tango offers. A simple-to-use app, Tango is offered on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7.5. Tango offers video chat, voice calls, and instant messaging, but only with other Tango users. What’s great about Tango is that it’s free and unlimited! Yeah you read that right: FREE and UNLIMITED. Tango also offers games that you can play with while chatting, which you can purchase from their store. You can really shake your hips to the awesomeness of Tango.
3) Skype – Ahh, Skype. The king of kings. It’s really no wonder why. It’s one of the most popular, if not the most popular, services known to us. Offering availability and support of almost every OS, Skype offers the usual package of communications. In addition to that, Skype supports VoIP calls at 2.3 cents per minute. With Skype offering almost the complete package, it surely outweighs the difficulty of having a username that hasn’t been taken yet. Don’t you think?