Pinger releases Android app to provide free VoIP calling and texting in Canada & U.S.

Daniel Bader

October 17, 2012 7:28pm

Pinger has waded into the saturated voice and texting app market, by expanding its free service into Canada. Previously available on iOS, Pinger has taken its free texting app (called Pinger Messenger) and added free voice calling to anywhere in North America.

Like its competitors such as Dell Voice, textPlus, Vonage Mobile and others, with Pinger you get your own phone number that can be used to make and receive calls and texts. While the service claims you get free unlimited calls to North America, you actually only start with 20 minutes and can earn more by completing ‘Tapjoy’ promotions. If ad-based isn’t your thing, you can purchase 100 minutes for $1.99 and up to 1000 minutes for $18.99. This makes the service comprable to Skype in terms of pricing, though you can’t make outbound calls beyond North America at this point (though if they’re using the app, you can make free calls to more than 100 countries).

The app is quite pretty, with a simple user interface that is consistent between Android and iOS. I was able to get a pretty nice “647” number in Toronto, and the company assures us that more improvements are being made to the app soon.

If you’re interested, download Pinger for Android and iOS.

  • Zeake

    LOL. No thank you. I’ll have to pass on this one.

  • Kai

    How is $18.99 comparable to Skype for pricing?
    I get Unlimited via Skype for $2.99/mth.

  • Brock

    Ephone 100% better! Must try people!

  • Sweet

    It looks like the difference between Pinger and Skype is that with Pinger you get issued a phone number whereas with Skype you don’t. I’m assuming that number is to receive incoming calls. But the last I checked, companies like Skype weren’t allowed to offer incoming calls because Skype doesn’t support enhanced 611 services. Did Pinger get around that restriction ?

  • Eric

    You can purchase country-specific number(s) from Skype as well.

    • rchl

      Except for Canadian numbers.

  • Dave

    Why bother! Just use Magicjack app or NetTalk App, truly free over wifi.

  • Chris

    Vonage Mobile is way better. Free domestic and international calls and texts to others who have the free app, and you get to keep/use your current phone number.