Zangi: When Skype Just Isn’t Enough


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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

When it comes to dealing with international calls, a whole lot of roaming, or even just extended conversations with local friends, phone bills can quickly become monstrosities. This is why we have, for quite some time now, been using services like Skype and Google Voice to keep our costs down.

However, it’s not all fun and games with either service, which is where Zangi, from Zangi Livecom Pte. Ltd., steps in. The application can be thought of as a slightly more “hardcore” approach to the VoIP idea.

Rather than only providing a free resource, which it does, it tries to replace your phone’s . . . well, phone entirely. For more information, you need only to slide on down below the break.

Concept and Functionality

So, let’s hit this one right on the head, no dancing around: What does Zangi bring with it that should be important to the average reader? Well, it firstly comes packed with all the free VoIP calling functionality you could possibly want. Yes, you’ll get all the things you’re used to with Skype—calling your Zangi friends for free, either by audio-only or through your iPhone’s video.

However, that’s rather inconvenient if you’re trying to call someone who hans’t got Zangi. Which, to be fair, is almost everyone that you’re likely to meet—at least for now! So, the service then allows you to make singularly low-costing calls to any cellular device you please. This is thanks to the (still) Internet based calling network that Zangi is built-on.

And if you’re looking for a bit of SMS action, you’ll get that for free as well. Offering everything that Skype does, Zangi is certainly a wallop to be reckoned with. Which begs a very important question, which we’ll answer just below.

Everyday Life Usage

Zangi for iPhone

Zangi for iPhone

Let’s start with a question: Why would someone use Zangi over something like Skype? The short answer is: We can’t really think of a reason. You see, we like Zangi a lot, especially considering how good the interface is. But at its core, it’s still a new company with a lot more potential than proven track record.

That being said, Zangi isn’t focused on the desktop market, or any of the other areas that Skype tends to dwell over. And for some, this may be the reason to go with Zangi.

The app is designed to utterly replace the conventional native dialer, implanting its own functionality over it. And for the right user, that totalitarian VoIP integration is quite a boon.

Overall Value

And no matter how you spin it, Zangi is guaranteed to fit any budget. It’s completely free to obtain the application, and of course its’ free (with gratis registration) to use the user calling functionality.

Rates are affordable for actual calls, making Zangi a value for anyone with a particular drive to annihilate the phone-like innards of the iPhone with something a little more cloud friendly.

ZangiZangi requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. 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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