xycall – 21st Century Call Collect
Tested version: 1.0.3
Latest version: 1.0.5
Requires Android: from 2.2
Does anyone remember call collect? Like, when you call someone and the person who receives the call agrees to pay for the connection? The Android app xycall is based on a similar concept, but there's one major difference: when using xycall, no one “pays”. Sounds intriguing? More infos below.
Thanks to Bernard for today's review!
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.0.4
First time users will be guided through preliminary settings. You will have to enter your phone number and verify it via SMS code. The next step is to enter the networks to which you can make free calls. Your contacts also using xycall are highlighted.
Phone rate conditions are always different, which is why many people opt for all net flat rates which allows them to call all networks for free. Other providers offer a free connection to users calling within the network. The xycall app uses this information – i.e. whether a contact can call all networks, or one network for free – and whenever this is a case this person can be called via xycall. They will then receive a notification about a new incoming call. If they accept your call, their program will call your number. What this boils down to is that you call someone who can call you for free, and so the connection does a U-turn, meaning that no one has to pay for the call. What a clever concept!
Users can set their status so that others can see that they are not to be disturb, which makes communicating even more comfortable.
It goes without saying that this whole thing is contingent on as many users as possible using xycall. An integrated filter will display all of your contacts or only your xycall contacts.
A few settings options: all xylove requests can be set to be accepted automatically, which makes sense if you have an all net flat rate. Once you've granted another person xylove, they will be able to reach you via xycall.
You can also adjust the ring tone, ring duration and vibrate effect, as well as delete your xycall account.
xycall is a very clever application that, given the right circumstances, can help you save a fair amount of money.
Screen & Controls
xycall uses the Holo UI and hence has a great modern look to it. It comes with its own icons but these are nicely designed and mesh well with the Android design.
Controls are great: intuitive and easy to use, even for newbies.
Speed & Stability
xycall performs well in this category: fast and fluid on all counts.
At first you will have all of five calls to use, though the amount increases every 24 hours. If you need to make more calls than that you will have to resort to xycall's premium service. A three month long flatrate costs EUR 1, and 12 months cost EUR 3, which is more than fair considering the great service you're getting.
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