Virgin’s new Smartcall App service is a nod to landline customers who still have the company’s home phone talk plan. With the Smartcall app and WiFi coverage, phone calls are always deducted from landline minutes, not cellular minutes. It’s an easy way to save money on mobile calls if you’ve already paid for them at home.
However, who is paying for landline minutes? Additionally, who is looking to pay for minutes when calling from home with your own WiFi?
Whether you are using your mobile to make a SmartCall from home, a beach in Greece or on your friend’s WiFi, SmartCall can save you money. The new app will give smartphone users the freedom to use their inclusive home phone calls over WiFi, regardless of where they are in the world and which mobile operator they use.
The intuitive app detects whether a SmartCall is possible and if the call is included in the user’s home phone talk plan. When used abroad the app will detect which time zone you are in and whether it is still free to make a call within your call plan. As it only works over a WiFi connection and not over 3G or 4G, you can only make a SmartCall when it’s free so there are no surprise bills.
If you’re looking for a no-contract solution, it’s cheaper and easier to use Google Voice, Skype, or a number of other apps if you are looking to make any kinds of Wi-Fi enabled calls. Since this ‘saving’ only works with WiFi, it’s not worth signing up for a lengthy contract for landline minutes you might never use.
Which apps do you use to make calls? Share it with us in the comments.