Price: Free — Rating: 8/10
For those wishing to turn their mobile Apple device into a dependable VoIP phone, a new alternative awaits. With Tribair – Free Phone Calls by Tribair, users can make free and paid phone calls over the Internet without roaming charges using one of their over 250,000 Wi-Fi spots all around the world.
Tribair Features and Functionality – 8/10
With the promise of low-cost calls to non-members and practically any country you can think of, Tribair also provides free calling, image sharing, video chats and live text chats between members. And with Tribair for iPhone, compatible Apple devices, and Android (with Blackberry, coming soon), users will hopefully be able to convince their friends to install the app so they can chat for free! Using Wi-Fi uses absolutely none of your minutes and removes the roaming charge nuisance, while accessing the 3G network doesn’t use minutes, but may incur roaming charges.
As an added bonus, if you register you Wi-Fi network with the Tribair community, you can earn up to 20% of all paid calls made using the application, perhaps making money in the long run. Keep in mind, however, If this service does catch on, and you’ve shared your Wi-Fi as a hotspot, you may see a slow down in your Internet’s speed.
Tribair in Action – 8/10
Upon startup, you will see a number of tabs at the bottom of the screen. The TribM tab allows you to update your status, access voicemail, send a test call and update your Blocked and Friend lists. The Call tab provides users with the keypad, though they may also track their credit total next to the Send button. (Users are automatically given $.25 worth of credits just for installing the application.) The Wi-Fi tab allows you to register your location, search for Wi-Fi connections in the area and view the hotspot map. The More tab leads you to a page that allows you to examine the details of the application: My Account, My Wi-Fi, Recent Calls, How It Works, Options, Traveling Tip and About. Users will also find the button that allows them to buy more credits and view the per minute rates to various countries.
For a video demonstration of how Tribair works, click here.
Tribair [ iTunes link ] requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.