FriendCaller is a group video chat tool that works across platforms. Users can participate in video chats with up to seven other individuals. Users can also create groups to make meetings and conversations even easier to initiate. All users can participate regardless of which platform they are using. The application also supports text messaging to over 400 global networks. Users can verify their phone number to avoid sending anonymous text messages or making anonymous phone calls. The user’s actual number appears after completing Interactive Voice Response verification. FriendCaller also notes plans to add rich media messaging options that allow users to send photos, videos and locations. The user will also be able to leave video and voice messages.Show more screenshots »
FriendCaller was created to provide users with a better voice over IP solution that works in the cloud. The application currently offers voice and video options with group chat and text messaging features. Additional features are planned for a future release. The service currently works with iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, Nokia Series 40 and WebPhone. The service is rounded out with the Facebook app version which allows users to call from their Facebook account.
FriendCaller offers more features than other similar applications usually provide. Users can video chat across platforms, effectively eliminating compatibility issues that can sometimes cause participants to drop out of the chat or remote meeting. The service also offers text messaging as well as the added bonus of a Facebook version that allows users to make calls directly from their profile. FriendCaller’s convenient contact options make it appealing, even when compared to well-known services like Skype.
FriendCaller combines welcoming elements with a hint of professionalism that works to appease most of its users. Individuals who are searching for a casual chat solution can appreciate the deep green and blue color scheme and playful logo design. Professionals will love the site’s straightforward design that includes a few advertisements but nothing too distracting. The design is user friendly and allows the user to learn each feature relatively quickly.
New users can try FriendCaller by clicking the orange “Register Now!” button in the upper, right corner of the homepage. The form on the next page asks the user to provide an email address, first and last name, password and country location. Users can also opt to click the blue “Login with Facebook” button to the left to sign in with their social networking profile.
Anyone can sign up for a FriendCaller account for free. All user to user calls cost nothing. The user is charged specific rates when calling a non-FriendCaller user anywhere in the world. A rate chart is available and alphabetically sorted. Users can also send text messages to anyone. The site quotes a price of approximately 5 cents per text message to most mobile networks. Users should verify the cost for their specific network before sending any text messages.
FriendCaller is ideal for users who need another way to make calls, send text messages and group chat. Professionals can use FriendCaller to contact clients and colleagues while individuals can use it to get in touch with long distance relatives and acquaintances. The application offers an appealing combination of free and paid features. Users can utilize the free user to user calls by getting friends and family to sign up to cut back on phone bill expenses. The site also offers rates on calls to almost anywhere in the world as well as text messaging.