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How to use an iPhone to keep in touch with friends and relatives overseas for free
Submitted by Doron Katz
Posted Dec 27 2010 08:54 PM
Okay, there have been a few articles im sure of how to use your iPhone or iPod Touch to communicate with people overseas. There is skype and a few other tools, but what I am going to talk about is Viber. Viber is another VOIP application but this one requires no registration or any other hassles. Download it, activate it with a button and it will send you an SMS with the activation code.
The interface looks like your normal iPhone phone app, but it's all purplish. But once you have it activated, anyone who uses iOS (or even Android in the near future) can communicate with you. You don't have to have your app active, as it uses push to notify you of a call, using a ringtone. Any contact that is also using viber, will have an icon showing (as you can see above). You can switch from using internet to GSM when calling as well.
So, get your distant relative or mate using a cheap iPhone 3G and install this app for him and you can call him.
Alternative solution by alleybye
Posted Jan 13 2011 07:37 PM
My phone is N73 and I'm here in the Philippines, if I install viber in my phone, will my sister able to call me for free? She uses iPhone4.
Alternative solution by Ruikufly
Posted Mar 29 2012 02:37 AM
Alleybye, yes, VIber works like Skype - if both your sister and you have viber installed on your iPhone's and are online, you will be able to call your sister and she is going to be able to call you too for free.
I would also add WhatsApp as a good alternative to viber. I am not sure however, if it allows voice calls or only uses text messaging. Skype, of course is a good choice too and you can use skype to call for free too.