Smartphones have come a long way in terms of improving the lives of its users. They have not only made it easier to be in contact, but they also provide different ways to be in touch. And perhaps most important of all is that many of these ways are free. All you need is a good smartphone and a good internet connection and you are ready to start chatting with friends near and far.
With this in mind, here are seven of the best free iOS apps for texting and video chatting.
Skype is one of the oldest apps that has provided a platform to smartphone users to message, call, and video call from one single app. This app has its official version for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, etc. One can easily download it from the App store of their provider and with simple login step they are free to call, message, and video call.
It not only connects you to smartphones but it also allows you to make low-cost calls to landlines, which is the biggest feature of this app. This app also allows you to share files, pictures, data, etc. It also allows you to have group video calls.
While iMessage allows you to have a chat with other iOS users only, the messages shared between the two are totally cost-free. On the other hand, FaceTime is the other option that iOS users can use to video call each other. This app has made the experience of iOS users very smooth. It not only connects the smartphone user but also you can call or message on the Mac or iPad. So you can connect to anyone that is using an Apple device.
Facebook Messenger allows you to call or chat with anyone that is in your Facebook contacts from around the globe. Facebook Messenger is available for Android, iOS or BlackBerry users, so it can be used by anyone with a smartphone. This app is very easy to use with a single tap that can connect you over a voice call or video call or message. This app doesn’t need the same smartphone version on both ends, you can call from iOS to an Android user and vice versa. But you cannot have a group call on Facebook (like you can on SKYPE). All calls are free and only require an internet connection.
Google Hangout is the improved version of Google Connect. This app allows you to call anyone regardless of what kind of phone they are using. These calls are free as well, all you need is a good internet connection. You can chat, audio call, video call through this app. This app allows you to have calls to 10 people at a time and you can share pictures, files, videos, etc. with this app and all this data will save on the Google+ gallery, which also makes it easier to access them later on.
Google Hangouts has come up with the strongest competition to Skype in recent times with its improved and simplified features.
Viber, like Skype or Google Hangouts, allows you to call, chat and video call. Like other calling and chatting apps, this app is also available for every operating system, like Android, iOS, Windows and BlackBerry. Viber allows you to do an audio call with up to 40 people on a single call. You can also do video calls to your Viber contacts with just a single tap. With the help of Viber, you can share pictures, videos, files, etc. too.
Viber simply requires a solid internet connection to keep you in close contact with friends and colleagues.
Line also allows you to make audio and video calls and you can also send messages through this app. This app is also available for almost all operating systems like Android, iOS, or Windows. The work process of Line is somewhat similar to Facebook; you can have the chat, or call with the Line contact. However, it doesn’t have the group calling option in it. But you can call the landline with the help of Line (for an extra fee).
WeChat is also an instant messaging application that is available for almost every mobile platform. One of its primary features is Live Chat, which allows a user to do call conferencing. In addition to it, this app allows you to send voice messages which can be listened to by the receiver any time they come online. This enables a user to send messages any time they want.
These are the few apps that are available in the market to make calls, chat, and video calls to your contacts at any given time.