Cheap Calls – I just called to say...
Tested version: 2.0.5
Latest version: 2.0.14
Requires Android: from 2.1
If there’s something we can all agree on it’s that we loathe getting a big phone bill. Most major providers are coming out with rates that are getting cheaper for the client, but more often than not it’s small providers that come out with the best options.
Is Cheap Calls a good example of this and does its motto “Talk more for less” live up to its promise? Find out in today’s review.
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S3
Android version: 4.0.4
First time Cheap Calls users will have to log in or create an account. As a “Hey, welcome” kind of gesture you will receive €0.50 credit with which you can make calls.
The UI looks very much like the stock Android phone app, with the addition of an account tab that displays your credit balance and a code you can send to contacts so that they can enter it and you receive some bonus credit.
You can also top up via PayPal and there is, of course, a lowest and highest amount which, for the Euro zone is €5-€100. The other options are €10, €25 and €50. When you upload €50 you receive €5 bonus credit, upon uploading €100 you get €15.
I good feature: only contacts with phone numbers are displayed. A downside, on the other hand, is that favourites are not displayed, meaning you have to recreate your favourites list manually. That said, Cheap Calls lends itself especially well for making international calls, which means that it’s not all that much of a bummer that your everyday favourites are not taken over.
How it works: you dial a number, which is then sent to the service. Your device then rings a local number via which you will be connected to your contact. You will be charged the rate that is displayed plus a standard landline connection charge.
Cheap Calls is nice and simple and compact. IT does was it sets out to do and is easy to use. The audio quality is better than when ringing via VOIP (i.e. the internet) and it doesn’t consume as much battery power.
Screen & Controls
Controls for Cheap Calls are easy as can be seing as they are very similar to the stock Android phone app.
The design is rather old-fashioned, but let’s not whinge about this too much, it is, after all, a phone app so graphics are secondary.
Speed & Stability
Cheap Calls performed very well throughout our test runs. Calls are initiated very rapidly.
Cheap Calls is available for free from the App Center and Google Play and the rates are much cheaper than what most providers have to offer.
Check out the rates hère. You can also set up your account on the same page.