Smartgroschen – free calls & messages, cheap phone calls
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Smartgroschen, by Galena s.p. z o.o., is an app that provides users with an easy way to communicate with friends and family members around the world. Available for free through the iTunes Store, this app can be used to call, text, and send videos or photos.
Smartgroschen – Free Calls and Messages, Cheap Phone Calls is an app who’s title really sums up its features. International communication is the primary purpose of Smartgroschen, and this app seeks to fulfill this purpose by providing users with an easy to use, free, international messaging system.
Smartgrochen’s messaging system currently offers a full library of emoticons; this messaging system can be used to send traditional text messages, as well as photos and video clips if desired.
Of course, no international communication app would be complete without an actual “phone” calling option, and Smartgroschen offers this as well. International phone calls to real phone numbers can be made easily through the app over wifi or 3G, so you don’t need to use your provider’s calling minutes.
This app provides users with a very clear voice transmission and receiving service and the price per call for this feature depends on the country one is calling.
All phone calls can be carried out through wireless internet services alone so no actual phone data plan is required prior to making use of Smartgroschen.
Overall, I found that the app seemed to operate fairly smoothly. However, bear in mind that the quality of your call will be dependent on the speed of your internet service. A slow wifi connection would definitely affect the quality of any phone call made through the app.
Appearance and Layout:
This app features a clean, easy to navigate layout which is definitely appreciated for an app with a purpose as practical as calling and receiving messages. The terms and conditions of the use of the services of Smartgroschen are clearly laid out, as well as the usage fees per country.
Purchasing credits within the app is easy to accomplish, and setting up your initial account does not take too much time at all.
Since Smartgroschen is an app designed for an international audience, all usage fees are currently listed in Euros, and while this might be a bit confusing for customers from countries not already familiar with the Euro, finding currency conversions online should not prove too difficult either.
The graphics of Smartgroschen are relatively minimalistic, as is the app’s clean logo design. Although some of the in-app typography appears pretty small on the screen of an iPhone, it is still definitely legible.
Smartgroschen is a free app with some very useful texting and chat features, such as delivery confirmation and push notifications. You can also send voicemails that are sent as MP3 files to your contact’s email address.
Use of all the services available through the app, however, are not actually free. First-time users of the app are given a bit of in-app credit that they can use towards calls, but constantly using the app will render its cost anything but free.
Of course, at the same time, the fees for using Smartgroschen are still typically lower than fees for international calls through some cell service providers. If you need to call an international landline Smartgroschen is an excellent option.
For pure VoIP calling, users of the same app can talk and chat free of charge.
Smartgroschen requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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