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The 5 Best Free Calling Apps for Making Free Phone Calls

Dan Price Updated 01-12-2019

Free calling apps can make or receive domestic and international calls at no cost to you using Wi-Fi or cellular data.


Each of these apps assigns you a free phone number (in the US) that you can use to call or text any other American number, and it will behave like you are in the US. They will not use your cell minutes or SMS text messages.

Here are the best free calling apps for Android and iOS.

1. Talkatone: The Best Free Calling App

Talkatone has been around for a while and is one of the most well-known free calling apps on this list. It’s gone through a lot of changes over the years, but now it offers unlimited free calls and texts to any number within the US and Canada. You can buy also credits to make international calls; those rates vary.

It’s packed full of features such as custom voicemail greetings, passcode protection (so no one else can access the app), and call blocking.

Talkatone handles the basics with ease, and the one-time $10 purchase to remove banner ads is inexpensive compared to some of the subscription models in this list. Its interface is straightforward, modern, and a breeze to navigate.


Ultimately, the app is a good place to start if you want to try calling to the US or Canada for free and aren’t really sure what options are available.

Download: Talkatone for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

2. TextNow: The Top Free Phone Number App for Calling and Texting

TextNow also offers free calls and texts to the US and Canada, but with a slightly different design and much more customization. The app has a menu that slides in from the left side, and you can change the theme’s colors to match your needs.

It even lets you sync your texts with your computer; this is a huge bonus when compared to the other apps on this list.


TextNow used to operate on a subscription model: you had to pay $3 per month to retain your number and access features like voicemail and call forwarding. Today, that’s not the case. The app is free to use and lets you make free calls within the United States without restrictions. You can remove the ads if you’re willing to pay.

TextNow also lets you call internationally, though you will need to either complete in-app surveys or buy minutes to do this.

Download: TextNow for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

3. FreeTone/TextMe Up/Text Me: Make Free Phone Calls to the US and Canada

FreeTone, TextMe Up, and Text Me are all the same app with different color schemes. FreeTone is a seafoam greenish-blue, TextMe Up is light blue, and Text Me is nearly royal blue. They all provide a free phone number for calling and texting.


If you download FreeTone and make an account, you’re given a number. If you then download TextMe Up, you’ll automatically be signed in with the same number. They’re all made by the same company, TextMe. We’re not sure why it chose to make three separate apps.

Alas, whichever app you end up downloading, they all work well. Calls and texts to the US and Canada are free, but you can purchase credits to call internationally (or earn credits by watching sponsored videos). There’s also a web messenger that you can log into on any device using the built-in QR code scanner.

Its ads are more integrated than the easily ignored banner ads of other apps, which is sneaky. It feels like the ads are too mixed in with the content. It costs $2 a month to remove them.

Download: FreeTone for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)
Download: TextMe Up for Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
Download: Text Me for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)


4. TextPlus: A Solid International Calling App

TextPlus offers free texts and free inbound calls, but not free outbound calls. Outbound calls within the US cost around $0.02 per minute, or you can watch videos to get free credits if you’d prefer.

The interface is separated into five tabs. The first tab provides your balance and lets you earn credits. Oddly, the second seems to closely replicate the first. The other three are your texts, calls, contacts, and settings. In the settings, you can easily change your number for a new one in any US area code.

Without free outbound calls to the US and Canada, we can’t see many reasons to choose TextPlus over any of the previous options unless they have cheaper calling rates to a particular country you need to call frequently.

Download: TextPlus for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

5. Dingtone

For a long time, Dingtone looked dated, which was a shame. The app has some unique features but the interface turned people away. Thankfully, a recent redesign has remedied those problems. Today, it sports a sleek Material Design interface that’s easy to use and navigate.

And what about those unique features? We particularly like Callback; Dingtone can ring you and the other person then connect your calls, thus reducing fees. The app also supports adding a second and third number to your other devices. You can have one number for your phone, another for your tablet, and so on.

As you would expect, you can also set up voicemail, call forwarding, and call blocking. To make international calls to landlines and cell phones in more than 200 countries, you can earn free credits by watching videos.

Unfortunately, calling prices are obscured by the fact that Dingtine doesn’t charge by cents per minute, but instead by credits per minute. This can make it really easy to overspend.

Lastly, while the other apps only give you access to US numbers, Dingtone can provide you with a number in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands. As such, for non-US residents, it’s a solid choice.

Download: Dingtone for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

Other Ways to Communicate for Free

Free calling apps that give you a free number or let you make free phone calls to the US and Canada are just one of the many ways you can communicate for free using your smartphone. If they don’t meet your needs, why not check out some other options?

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  1. Angie
    December 2, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Why is this marked updated in February 2019? It CLEARLY has not been updated.
    As of December of 2019-
    Talkatone is not a one time fee of $10. It's a monthly fee and you can't use it to get codes or verify as it is VOiP. Also it doesn't always work when you need it to. I've had to uninstall/reinstall several times because it wouldn't call out. No error, you just hit the call button and the app would just close. Customer Service could not care about your problems as long as you are a free user. To me it's not worth the monthly fee.
    In fact, I think ALL of these apps are now outdated as quite a few of them have one star reviews for the last month - November 2019 - Keep looking! And to also note, suggestions in the comments are somewhat outdated as well.

  2. Rose
    October 13, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Cheap and good - Freeje.

  3. claudio dominici
    February 22, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    1) Talkatone has a black list of countries that are not enabled to use the service.
    2) Freetone does not look free! let's you choose an area code and a number but it appears that you have to subscribe a payment service to obtain it.

  4. Osborne Lamoree
    February 20, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Joining the 5 year old comments... I have used Google Voice for YEARS... the only downside is that you can call the US or Canada for free... but you can only talk for 3 hours and then you have to hang up and call back... what could be better? (from your computer to any land line or cell.)

  5. brandon apter
    January 10, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    it aint 2014 anymore. none of these programs work

  6. Supreme
    November 5, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks a lot

  7. John Rose
    October 31, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Call USA for free.
    Google Hangouts.
    The End.

  8. Subham Burnwal
    April 17, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Skype is best for doing free calls to USA and Canada.

    • John Rose
      October 31, 2018 at 9:36 am

      try Google Hangouts, call any +1 number, free

  9. Amy
    January 14, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    I have used text now for over a year and never had to pay a dime to lock my phone number...I've had the same number all along. My daughter just downloaded the app a few weeks ago and lost her phone number due to not making at least 1 call every couple of days. However, emails were sent warning her the number would be deleted if no activity was made. I have never not received a call or text. The calls are always clear. The ads are shown on the bottom of the screen and are bearly noticeable. The only negative thing I can say about the app is it sometimes freezes or acts slowly when trying to text.

  10. Haona
    December 21, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Be careful with FreeTone/TextMe Up/Text Me. The lack of true of Textme group, its app and costumer service is really bad. It is not true "Calls and texts to the US and Canada free". Textme said after install the app: "We currently support automated verification texts from limited companies. If you are using a free number, and if TextMe supports the company's verification messages (CAREFUL), you will be asked to purchase your number in order to receive the verification code". I did and I'm still not getting that kind of messages. Few days w/o customer service's answer. Text messaging is unreliable, for sure should be GOOD apps out there.

  11. Hashman
    October 22, 2017 at 4:54 am

    If you want to make calls to Canada and the US using your own personal mobile phone number absolutely free of charge... check out this video.

  12. Stefania
    June 16, 2017 at 5:06 am

    The problem here is that anyone of the described tools/apps, from what I see, provide VoIP phone services and not "real" landline numbers.
    This means that from services as "Microsft Rewards" as many others including some Google ones, they text you code or call you only if you provide a "real" (or better) "landline" and not "VoIP" number.
    If someone knows a service, able to provide a landline number to a non-US citizen and for a reasonable fee, please leave a reply.

    Thank you

    • Dude sweet
      July 3, 2017 at 1:27 am

      I would like to know that too. Thanks for posting this.

    • Nancy
      August 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

      I recommend WhatsCall? they released free US phone number and can be used to sign up and receive code.

  13. judy
    November 29, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    The only app I have used that gives u a real US or Canadian number and to which u call and real US or Canada number is Text Now, the only problem is that it only works with iOS devices.

    • Tom
      November 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      Nope that's not true because I've been using my Samsung galaxy phone to make calls on it.

    • Tom
      November 3, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Nope that's not true as I use my Samsung Galaxy to make calls.

      • brandon apter
        January 10, 2019 at 1:52 pm

        textnow does not work for me on android, or windows

  14. Ninh Ghoster
    November 26, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I need the same app on iOS

  15. Nick
    November 1, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Does anyone know of an app (service) that gets accepted when trying to register a Google voice number from outside the US. Google requires a "real" number to register...

  16. riyas
    August 6, 2016 at 6:42 am

    you can add Grove ip in this list.


    July 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I have living in Mexico for over a year and I have no problems with VOIP from FreedomPop clear voice quality and is free 200 minutes USA AND CANADA AND ISLANDS plus 100 minutes international calls to Mexico all for free... I m so happy coze to communicate in Mexico is so expensive!

  18. Kathy
    June 27, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I was using magicApp fine for about a year until the weekend June 26th, 2016 when I attempted to make a call. It said my subscription expired,and asked to log into my account which I did. Then a message comes it did not recognize my account, after many attempts useless attempts I got in and it asked me to purchase. I unis talked on my android and reinstalled but still not getting my app to open.

  19. dashin
    May 27, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I use Talkatone so my parents could make local calls to me using landlines;
    I use MagicApp to call their landlines.

    Unfortunately, the solution above worked find until this month(5/2016),

    where Talkatone keeps telling me my password is wrong when I have followed their instructions to change my password like 10 times;
    and MagicApp repeatedly told me my "trial period" has expired.

    • hgjh
      June 6, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Have you found another good app

    • Michelle
      January 5, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      Magic Jack is a terrible company. The've made tons of money, but NOT due to their technical programmers or customer service.

      I had their app & here's what happened:

      1. I realized very quickly there's no way to know when someone has texted you.

      Yes you get the ding, but I get tons of dings from tons of apps & to check every time would mean I'd have no life.

      They never coded it so the app would tell you at the top that you have a message, nor does it even tell you on your dashboard.

      This means they don't know what they are doing.

      2. Once my year was up, they tried to overcharge me saying it's now $35. It was $9.99 before.

      So instead of keeping my business by maybe increasing it by let's say $5, they clearly became greedy.

      I said screw you & didn't renew.

      3. I just called them to ask how to pay for the $9.99 package (I was going to use a different e-mail address), when she tells me I can't use it if i DON'T have their magic jack adapter.

      I used to have it b/c I once paid for their phone service which was horrific, but I threw it out recently.

      Even if I still had it, they would probably STILL require me to pay the $35.

      So I will find someone else.

  20. Haaraya
    February 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I'm so surprised here no one has mentioned Textme. I have used it for over a year. It's amazing. You can choose your number. You can send text, make and receive calls all over for literally free. Of course there are apps. You can get credits by completing tasks or you can buy. You can remove the notification after a while I dint even bother cos I use it quite often.
    The interface is okay too. I would like to know if someone else has tried it cos I have nothing negative to say about this service.

    • Michelle
      January 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      I tried TextMe on my computer for texting & it's so so IMO

      But what I don't like about it, is that it hogs ALL of my CPU usage probably due to their ads.

      I don't have a problem with ads, but I DO have a problem with companies that hire cheap overseas labor (programmers) who don't know what they are doing & the user has to suffer because of it.

      I'd be scared to try & use it on my phone.

  21. Jacob
    February 2, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Ok, i will post one by one as I notice a FAIL.

    In this instance, you canNOT return the call of the magic number. I tried several times. It's a no go.

    Never mind, NONE of these recommendations that work are FREE!!!

  22. Conny
    January 17, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    My display doesn't show voicemail! Could it be that it is deleted from the free app recently?

  23. Mike Lakewood
    December 3, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Groove IP & Groove IPLite, simply the best!

    • Jacob
      February 2, 2016 at 3:49 am

      no new account's blocked.

  24. Anonymous
    May 3, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Magicapp does let you select an area code for your "permanent" US phone number with the paid premium upgrade of approx $15/year. Phone & texting work fine with ipad2 on ios8. Another good VoIP & text for Canadian use is Fongo. You are assigned a real Canadian phone number in the area code of your choice. They offer US texting as a paid upgrade. Most phonecalls to major cities/areas both US & Canadian are free. Some have a $0.04 connection fee, with a nominal call charge based on connection time. Certainly a very cheap alternative to the Canadian mobile service providers.

  25. madan kc
    March 21, 2015 at 10:24 am

    install freetone it's like a talkatone but sound is better than talkatone

  26. Anonymous
    February 15, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Try's great ..

  27. yul
    July 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Try textplus

    • brandon apter
      January 10, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      text plus requires a us ip. useless for most of us

  28. TimKerr
    July 9, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Talkatone tells me that it doesn't work in my area, the UK. It is also clear you need to buy credits after a short time free

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2015 at 3:37 am

      Dingtone provide UK numbers, they also provide phone numbers of US and Canada. Dingtone phone numbers may need credits, but they also provide many ways to earn free credits. In that way, you may got free phone numbers as a second line for you phone, or you could change your ipod, ipad, tablet to a phone: make free calls to landline and mobile, receive calls. It also support free texts.

      • brandon apter
        January 10, 2019 at 1:54 pm

        dingtone provides numbers...............for $5

  29. Gado
    July 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Can't remove the app notification? Sure you can. You can disable notifications for every app you want directly from settings - > apps - > app name - > unmark disable notifications

  30. beachboy
    July 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Talkatone doesn't work here in Brazil. It says the service is not available.

  31. Shawn Rosvolsd
    July 8, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    My Republic Wireless ($25 month, unlimited data, long distance, texts, no contract) phone works from anywhere in the world to call US numbers for free as long you're connected by wifi. People can call you, but again you must be connected by wifi, and again, it's free for you. The caller would have to pay whatever it usually costs them to call you.

    • Justin D
      July 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      wow, Republic Wireless sounds pretty awesome! hopefully we hear more from them in the future.

  32. Miro Costa
    July 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I live in Portugal and my sister lives in the USA. I can make free calls to landline and mobile numbers in the States.
    I'm using Mobile Voip for Android. I bought credits (10$) at
    They have super low rates for a great number of countries.
    All calls to the USA are free. The same goes to China.

  33. Don Gateley
    July 8, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I have a friend who lives in China and I'd like a free phone channel between us. Is there anything that works between the U.S. and China?

    • Justin D
      July 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      your friend could try one of these apps, but since it is just one friend, you're probably better off just downloading the same app and talking over data -- like Skype or Tango or something.

      • brandon apter
        January 10, 2019 at 1:55 pm

        wechat is what you want for china

    • ali
      May 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      can you tell me more apps name

  34. RS
    July 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    GrooveIP for android is the best I've used on android so far. You are given a number where you can make/receive calls. I haven't found a similar app for ios though.

    Another option is to use zoiper app to receive calls. You can get a number, say from callcentric. And configure zoiper with your callcentric account. Then use MagicApp/Talkatone/Mo+/Google voice to make calls.

    • Justin D
      July 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      thanks for the recommendations!

  35. Suleiman O
    July 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I just checked Talkatone and it is only available for US residents...why not da good old Canadians? hm..

  36. Suleiman O
    July 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    @michel I am in Canada too, please explain more. How did you get data plan only on your phone. I always want to have that but they keep telling me no no no. I use Windmobile, who is your provider?

    I use Magic Jack app when my phone stop working ( i use prepaid plan). The only problem is you have to be in wifi zone to use it and you will experience static calls if your wifi signal weakens. If @michel shows me how to make my call app works with phone data, I will kiss goodbye to those fat belly, pathetic and greedy phone companies for life.

    I have a high end smart phone but i did not .....i repeat....i did not buy it to make phone calls. This might sound weired but it is true. I take cool pix and video with it, I surf the net like a pro on it, watch my tv shows on it on the go, it is my GPS, and i play GTA San Andreas, Fifa14 and Nintendo Super Mario 64 on read that right.

    You may use these apps to make long distance calls but I want to use them locally. I would rather spend my money on data and be able to use my phone than give it away to those ugly phone companies.

    If you have ditched conventional cell phone talk +data planes and just got data and you were able to use your apps to make calls like @michel, lets talk here ....if Justin permits that is :)

    There is an app also called Viber. You can call people world wide on their cell phones as long as you and them have data plans. I don't know if you can call land lines. I used it briefly and it was not that bad.

    • michel
      July 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Virgin Mobile: I confess I haven't done this - others have, I simply use only wifi. I just don't use the phone much, so it's not worth paying for. Wind probably just doesn't want to do this, but other providers will - including Rogers, I think.

  37. Rudi Pittman
    July 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    How well did you test these before recommending them because last I recall talkatone only gives you 10-30 minutes a month of outgoing calls to actual phone numbers. Calls between talkatone users are free.

  38. michel
    July 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    For users in Canada, or who want to call to Canada, Fongo. You get a phone number in the area code of your choice, you can choose among available numbers, all regular phone features (except texting, which is a small extra charge), Canada-wide calling and the ability to choose different "faces". Available on ios, android, blackberry, etc. Free. Works on wifi or data (so you can get a minimal data only plan and otherwise use wifi). It's my only phone. My monthly bill is zero.

    • Justin D
      July 12, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      thanks for sharing! that sounds super useful!

  39. D
    July 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Just returned from Europe and used Magic Jack app on my IPhone in the UK, Spain, and Portugal...very undependable with lots of static and dead air, despite having excellent wifi...appreciate your review and will try Talkatone next...