Make Free Calls on Your iPad

Use VoIP for cheap or free calling on your iPad

If you want to get the most out of your expensive iPad investment, you should set up free VoIP calling. You can use your iPad to make free local and international calls, similar to using a regular cellphone.

Whether your iPad is Wi-Fi only or you use it with a data plan, free calling is just around the corner when you sign up for a VoIP service. These are apps that can transfer your voice over the internet.

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The Requirements of VoIP Over the iPad

What's normally necessary for making and receiving voice calls on a computer is an internet connection, a VoIP application, a voice input device (microphone), and an output device (earphones or speakers).

The iPad provides all of that, minus the VoIP service. However, obtaining a VoIP app or service isn't an issue in terms of availability. It's easy to find a compatible service, but it might be difficult to choose which service to use.

Free Calling Apps and Services for iPad

Most of the free calling services and apps for mobile devices like the iPad give you a virtual phone for making and receiving phone calls and also for text messaging, video, and voicemail.

For starters, there's FaceTime for the iPad, which is a free, built-in audio and video calling app. Facetime only works with other Apple products such as the iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Still, it's easy to use and provides high-def audio calling to anyone else with an Apple product.

Skype is a huge name in the internet communications field because it works well and is functional on a variety of devices, including the iPad. This app allows you to call other Skype users around the world for free (even in group video or audio calls) and also supports cheap calling to landlines.

The free WhatsApp application for iPad is another way you can make free audio calls, text, and video chat with other WhatsApp users to avoid charges for minutes and SMS. This app even features end-to-end encryption to better secure your messages, including calls.

Google has its own internet calling service as well, called Google Voice. You sign up for the free Google Voice service from your Google account and receive a phone number to use with the service.

Other iPad apps you can use for free calling include Viber, LINE, Messenger, WeChat, TextFree, FreedomPop, Talkatone, and TextNow.

All of these apps work with iPhone and iPod touch, too. And plenty are available on other platforms as well so that you can make free calls with other mobile users regardless of the phone they use.

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