freephoo: iPad Written App Review
Say goodbye to apps that say your iPad isn’t made for making calls. The new freephoo iPad app from NASP lets you make crystal clear calls right from your favorite iOS tablet, with plenty of options and affordable rates. So if you crave a new way to connect with your iPad, our iPad app review will tell you all about the latest contender in the VOIP arena.
Rocking a free and unlimited system much like other apps that rock VOIP, the freephoo iPad app allows you to make unlimited calls to other freephoo subscribers at no cost. In that way, this app puts itself up there with the greats like Skype. But, in a fun twist, the app also comes with ten minutes of free talk time to any number just for downloading it.
Needless to say, that’s quite a value (more about that after the cut). After your free time is gone, you can buy minutes in bundles and use the app to call numbers in more than 50 countries.
Value aside, there are two main concerns I have with any VOIP app: quality and delay. The freephoo iPad app rocks SuperHD technology. The result? Crystal clear sound quality on your calls that’s no laughing matter. However, I was a bit disappointed with the app’s sound delay. While there wasn’t any echo, there was definitely a several second delay even on a super-fast connection.
Freephoo integrates with your existing number, so any call you makes appears to be coming from your actual phone number. However, that also means you cannot use freephoo without having a traditional cell phone number that lets you check text messages. That’s an unfortunate limitation. I also found myself wishing for an iPhone version of this app so that I could make unlimited calls to pals who have iPhones, so there’s still some work to be done to make the freephoo app a top contender.
Layout & Design:
Considering that the app has the iPad’s expansive screen real estate to make use of, I expected some cool graphics in this app. While it is well organized and easy to set up, the app was a bit lack luster, without any particularly special screen effects. It could use some cool interchangeable skins in my opinion to help boost its screen appeal.
When it comes to making calls, the freephoo iPad app facilitates calls to tons of areas for a rate of 8.9 cents per minute. Again, the app cripples its own value by not having iPhone, Android of PC versions, but I still think it’s nice that the app comes with ten minutes of free talk time. At the end of the day, I’m on the fence about the freephoo iPad app. It has some great features, but could definitely use some work. I suggest adding some flashy styles and video calling if the devs really want to be contenders in a world where Skype rules supreme.
freephoo iPhone app requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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