Can you make free calls and send free text messages when you root your Android HTC EVO? How?
Thanks in advance.
Try searching the play store for VIber, both parties will require Viber but it is very useful
Yes it is ..
Since you are using an android handset, you can install apps like Viber, Skype etc to make free calls. I would suggest to go with Viber, but the person at the other end also needs to have this installed on his/her phone. Obviously, internet connectivity is a must. Viber is good on 2G connections also.
For free text messages, you can still use Viber or the popular Whatsapp.
if you are connected to wifi you can get free applications for texting and calling
I have very little experience with the EVO, but on most Android handsets, if you live in the US (and many European states) there are about half a dozen ways to get "free" phone calls, depending on your definition of 'free'. If you define 'free' as no-strings-attached-free, then you'll be disappointed - but free-with-limitations is totally possible.
The best method:
First, you must have WiFi turned on and connected (or otherwise it will use your data connection and you DON'T want that because it will increase the chances of you hitting your data cap). There are a number of free solutions that use WiFi - but services that can optionally use data are limited to just a few. Mainly SIPGate-3CX combined together.
Second, most services that I'm aware of require that you have a third party provider for telephony services. Typically this is nothing more than a PBX operator who provides servers and your phone number. My favorite is SIPGate (completely free and an AWESOME service). You can request a number with them here:
Third (this is optional), you will need Google Voice to route calls to your VoIP client, although you don't actually need this step.
Previously, there were more VoIP operators, but Google purchased the largest (Gizmo5) and then scrapped them. :-(
The easiest method:
Download a SIP client for your phone and using your WiFi connection instead of your data.
Here's an example of a SIP client.
If you use your phone to make a regular call to another phone number or send a SMS/MMS you need access to a providers network which will cost you money.
The only way to do those things without paying would be to use a service like Skype and free internet access e.g. public WiFi somewhere. But Skype will be limited to skype to skype calls. If you call a regular phone number via Skype you will have to pay them for this service.
If you have internet access, then try FriendCaller or Viber, both are free applications for Android, downloadable from the app store.
I think to make calls from Viber, the other person needs to have Viber too, but I am not entirely sure about this.