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Free calling, messaging and roaming plus low-cost long distance

Free calling, messaging and roaming plus low-cost long distance
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How would you like to make unlimited calls and text messages, plus save on international calls and roaming? You can do it thanks to Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Instead of using traditional cellular networks or SMS infrastructure, VoIP sends calls and messages over the internet. For most plans, that means you end up paying just for internet service. No added charges.

You might be using VoIP at home or work and not even know it.

Now, it's becoming more popular on mobile devices. You may know Vonage as a company offering a VoIP replacement for your home landline phone, but it also has a free mobile app. You don't have to be a Vonage customer to use it.

With Vonage's mobile app, you get free unlimited calling and texting to other Vonage mobile users. You can send video messages and audio clips. With Vonage, you'll also be able to make low-cost international calls. Plus Vonage has a feature called "ReachMe Roaming." (It's available to T-Mobile and AT&T customers.) It lets you receive internationals without incurring roaming charges.

The latest Vonage update includes support for Android Wear, which means you'll be able to view calls and send messages using your Android Wear smartwatch.

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