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Turn your tablet into a phone and get free calls and texts

Turn your tablet into a phone and get free calls and texts
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Having a cellphone makes it convenient to keep in touch with family and friends, but sometimes the last thing you want to do is be stuck holding a phone up to your ear. Or, sometimes you'd like a larger screen so that it's easier to see the person you're video chatting with.

If you have a tablet, these things won't be a problem. An app called WePhone can turn your tablet into a phone using your internet connection.

Making calls and sending text messages is free through WePhone, as long as you're communicating with others on the app. You can also make calls to regular cellphones and landlines; however, usage rates do apply.

To make calls to regular landlines and phones, you'll need to purchase WePhone credits. These credits work similarly to the minutes on a pre-paid phone card. When you make a call, the specific rate for that call is deducted from your WePhone credits.

Here are a few examples: Calling a number in the U.S. costs 10 cents per minute while making a call to Canada costs 55 cents per minute. WePhone credits never expire and can be purchased in the Store tab within the app.

The Premium Lines feature within the app makes WePhone stand out. These lines have better voice quality than a standard line, but also have a higher price per minute. You can also record a call in the app just by tapping the REC button in the call view.

To avoid these fees and make calls to anywhere for free, just recommend that the person you're calling downloads the app too. Then, you can call anyone, anywhere in the world for free using your tablet. The app also works on Apple and Android smartphones.

If you're worried about keeping track of multiple phone numbers, don't be. WePhone actually uses your existing phone number and/or email address to create your WePhone identity. You can even program the app to show your phone number on other people's caller ID.

Get the free download of WePhone for both Apple and Android by clicking the blue boxes below.

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