Free Phone calls from your Galaxy tab on Wifi. How to use a tablet as a phone?
I have just tested out a technique to use your galaxy tablet as a phone whenever a Wifi or 3G is available. This technique allows you to get absolutely free incoming and outgoing phone calls. If you are using an android device over wifi and if you want to make free phone calls or receive free phone calls, then this is the best method I have seen so far. I haven’t found a single technique or tool to make or receive free phone calls but there is a combination of tools which we can use to accomplish this. This method uses a combination of android voip apps and android IM apps to do this. I have personally tested this and it works great. Let us first go over the details for getting free incoming calls from any land line or mobile from anywhere in the world.
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Can i use my samsung galaxy tablet as a phone
Ofcourse you can. But the thing is there is no out of the box method you can make phone calls from your USA issued galaxy tab. UK version has got the provision. But don’t worry, you can make free phone calls in the US and Canada, by just installing a few apps and following a few procedure. It is very simple that it hardly takes 10 minutes of your time to start making phone calls and receive phone calls to or from your galaxy tablet. See the video below
Get Free incoming calls to your android device like Galaxy tab
Step 1. Download Skype android app
If you do not have skype for android installed, please install it. Don’t worry, you will not have to buy skype credit. You can download and install the skype android app from the android app market or from the skype page for android. Create a skype account if you don’t have one already.
Step 2. Create an account with ring2skype
Ring2skype is a FREE service which will connect your skype account to a phone number. Your skype user name will be assigned a new number by ring2skype. Your friends and family from around the world can use this number to call you from their land line or mobile and you can pick their call in your galaxy tab or any other android device. Here is what the interface will look like.
As you can see in the picture above they will ask for you skype user id and password and the country where you reside. They will then give you a local number for that state. Usually, you will get a number followed by an extension. Currently the service is available in 37 countries.
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.
Step 2. Enjoy free incoming calls to your Galaxy tab
Now you can share the ring2skype number with your friends. All they need to do is dial the number and the extension and you will get the call in your android powered device like a galaxy tab. The sound quality is ok for a free service.
Free outgoing calls from your android device like Galaxy tab
The only free method for making outgoing phone calls works so far is for USA only. I haven’t figured out a way to do this for other parts of the world. Others can use method 2 and 3 which ever suits them best but they are not free.
Method 1 Use NetTALK android app
Using NetTALK android app, you can make unlimited outgoing phone calls to any landline or mobile in the United states. You need to install the netTALK android app for galaxy tab from the app market. It is a free app. The next thing you need to do is create an account. You need to verify the email id you provided during registration. After that, you are all set and you can make outgoing phone calls anywhere in the USA and Canada from your galaxy tablet for absolutely FREE. How cool is that. But before considering installing the free NetTalk app, go through the following article on Things to consider before using galaxy tab as a phone
Method 2 Using Fringout Credit.
This method is not free but I prefer this because of the ease of use. I have installed fring android app and have taken a $10 fring out credit. This allows me to make outgoing phone calls any where in the US from my galaxy tab or other android phones. The amount will not expire for 12 months from the start of service. So, you can still use it to give missed calls without paying a penny. In the near future, there is a chance that Fring might come up with a credit reselling plan which will allow you to sell your credit to some one else.
Method 3 Using Skype credit.
Alternatively, you can use skype credits. I have noticed that the calling rates for skype is higher than that of fringout credit. This is the main reason why I use fringout credit to make my phone calls.
Note: I am currently working on using a single number to do incoming and outgoing calls. Stay tuned for that post.
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