ChatTime: Cheap International Calling without Wi-Fi or 3G/LTE data – Free trial!
iPhone Video & Written App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
ChatTime is an awesome way to make very affordable calls to phone numbers all around the world. Developed by SmartRoam, anyone who is tired of paying for services like Skype or even shelling over stacks of cash for international carrier rates should definitely check out this app.
Concept and Functionality:
We’ve all heard of services out there that offer unbelievably low rates on international calls. When I first tried ChatTime, I was understandably skeptical as to whether or not it would actually work as promised. To explain, I’ll sum up what ChatTime is not.
It’s not a data-only app like Skype or other VoiP services. Instead, it uses your phone to place calls so you don’t have to worry about busting your data plan. Like me, you’re probably wondering how an app can call internationally using your iPhone’s actual phone app without charging you an arm and a leg for calls.
The secret lies in the US-based phone number that dials out to the number you’re calling. Essentially you’re calling the ChatTime number (so it’s a domestic call), which then dials out to the number you originally dialed in the ChatTime app. Instead of paying crazy international carrier rates, you’re using ChatTime call credit and your iPhone talk minutes.
Though I was reluctant to give ChatTime a try due to sky-high international call rates, I took a deep breath and decided to call a bank in Dublin, Ireland. All I had to do was find the phone number, enter it into ChatTime’s number pad, and press call.
The app comes with $1 of trial credit, which adds up to quite a bit of talk time when rates are as low as 1.9¢ per minute. You can even configure the app to show a confirmation screen before dialing out, which is pretty useful. When I confirmed, ChatTime switched over to my native iPhone calling app and proceeded to call the ChatTime number, which then connected me to the bank’s number.
I was surprised to hear how clear the call was, and it was just like calling any other number.
ChatTime includes a plethora of features that make it a truly functional phone app. You can create a list of your favorite contacts, import your existing contacts into the app, and even view your call history. It’s evident that the developer’s goal was to make ChatTime as easy and intuitive to use as possible, and I believe the goal was achieved.
Also, I do want to mention that, unlike Skype and other VoiP services, you can call any number in the world with ChatTime; iPhone users who don’t have the app, landlines, cell phones, you name it.
However, different rates apply for different phone number types, so I definitely recommend navigating to the “Help” section and searching for the country you want to call before doing so.
ChatTime is available for free from the App Store and a wide variety of credit packs can be picked up via in-app purchase.
If you’re looking for a great alternative to VoiP services like Skype and the ability to call pretty much any phone number in the world, ChatTime is most certainly an app to consider!
ChatTime requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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