How high is your cellphone bill every month? Once you add up the voice minutes, text minutes, cellular data, service fees and the cost of the phone, it's just too much. Plus, as you add more phones and upgrade to 4G, it only gets worse.
But the good news is that there are many different apps available that let you use Wi-Fi connections to make voice calls, video calls and send texts. You can do it thanks to Voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology. Instead of using traditional cellular networks or SMS infrastructure, VoIP sends calls and messages over the internet. That means it will cost you data, but not minutes or messages.
Even better, messaging app developers are now competing by seeing how many features they can pack into the apps. After all, most smartphone carriers' plans include unlimited texting at this point. The apps have to stand out.
In no way are your options limited. The competition is fierce, so which messaging app is right for you? Here are just a few of your best options:
What can't Google do? With the Google Hangouts app and a Google Voice account, you guessed it, you can make phone calls to anyone anywhere in the world, send texts, have group chats and video conferencing and even integrate your voicemail.
But that's not all the Google Hangouts app can do. From inside the app you can create status updates, send emails and access your Gmail account, take notes on your calls, use emojis, stickers, GIFs and lots more.
Watch the video below from Google to learn more about how to use each feature and make the most of your Google Hangout experience.
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