VoIP Apps for Free Calling on Mac

Making free calls on your Mac computer

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If you use a Mac, there are many VoIP services and software out there that allow you to make free and cheap VoIP phone calls on your Mac. Since Windows is more spread, VoIP providers offer softphones that are firstly Windows-compatible and it is quite frustrating to find there isn’t a Mac version softphone of the VoIP service you are using. Here is a list of VoIP software that you can install on Mac for free and cheap voice calls.

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Skype is the most popular VoIP service and it offers a VoIP softphone client for its more than half a billion users to install on their computer. You get to call your Skype buddies for free. You can make voice calls and video calls and conferences. You pay low rates for calls to landline and mobile phones. Skype has been improving its VoIP client for Mac, but one thing puts it behind the Windows version — it is not free, though cheap.

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QuteCom was previously called Wengophone. It is a strong and free VoIP client application that offers what Skype offers plus SIP compatibility. That is, you can make free voice and video calls to other people using QuteCom, and make cheap calls to landline and mobile phones worldwide. You can also send SMS. You can configure your QuteCom client to work with any SIP-compatible VoIP service so that you can use the application as a phone with the service.

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This VoIP client comes free with your Mac operating system (OS), which means you already have it on your machine. The application is clean and slick, and it allows great video-conferencing features with up to 4 people talking at the same time. However, it suffers from not being able to make calls to landline and mobile phones — you can only talk to people on their Macs.

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Google Hangouts

Despite being from Google, this tool integrates well into your Mac and is particularly helpful if you use Gmail and the other services of Google. 

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This application is purely for Mac. There is no PC version. It is a VoIP softphone that works with an Asterisk PBX, so it might not be a choice for many of you out there. But if you have an Asterisk IAX account, it comes very handy, with some interesting features.

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FaceTime is a nice and simple app for video calling on Mac machines. It is exclusive to Mac and does what is expected of it, and well. It is not free and sells on the Apple App Market for one dollar. It is good for quality and crisp HD voice and video communication. 

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Counterpath excels in designing bespoke VoIP apps for customers but also has some good off-the-shelf products. X-Lite is one that contains the basic (basic being relatively quite rich in features) elements of the paid apps. It offers SIP calling and contains really lots of features. It is great for use in corporate contexts. 

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 Viber is primarily for smartphones, as is a ton of other VoIP calling app, but there is also a full-fledged app for Windows and Mac computers. 

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