With approximately seven billion people in the world, it may be surprising to learn that there are 6.8 billion cell phone subscriptions. There are also more mobile phones in use than there are landlines, something quite different than our parents and grandparents generations. This growth in cell phone use, which has occurred in a short time, explains why communication apps are also growing in use. However, there are still issues when using VOIP or mobile apps, including the need for your friends and family to install the same apps that you do or being unable to call or text certain numbers unless you pay upfront or earn virtual currency. In some cases, the app will not allow you to talk and chat at the same time. With rumors circulating that communication on mobile devices will become free in the future, these four startups applications are ahead of the game.
FreeTone from TextMe

This service is free for calling or texting any phone in the United States with an interesting new approach in an always-evolving marketplace. The app allows users to talk and text to anyone in the world even if they do not have the app on their phone. The new version of the app, called FreeTone, which is available on both Android and IOS, allows users to text and call any number in the United States for free. The app uses ad-funding to allow users to avoid paying for an SMS or call ever again. TextMe's goal is to remove barriers to communication with a no need to pay system. Friends and family do not have to install another app nor do users have to earn credits. The program works on different phones and operating systems. You simply sign up and you can begin calling or texting immediately.


Data plans can be very expensive which is why Kickbit allows users to earn more mobile data through advertising. By completing simple and quick tasks that include watching videos, taking surveys or signing up for products and services, users earn GBs of free data. You must be a Verizon or Vodafone customer to take advantage of the application. By doing a little planning, you can reduce the costs of your data plan and have a little fun while doing it.


If you are looking for a free mobile phone and high-speed internet service, consider FreedomPop. They offer free mobile phone service with a basic plan of 200 talk minutes, 500 text messages and 500 megs of data. You can upgrade to an unlimited smartphone for just $20 per month, still significantly lower in cost than most of the big named mobile companies. In addition. FreedomPop offers access to low-cost wireless with its own low-cost smartphone which can save you even more money over their competitors in the telecom market.


Firechat is a free service that allows you to chat with others even if you do not have an internet or mobile phone connection. Firechat enables a new type of communication known as firechats that are live, anonymous public chatrooms where as many as 10,000 people can gather simultaneously. Because it is designed for public communication which means others can read your messages, your username and your full name, much like on Twitter. It is not meant for private conversations and you may use pseudonyms as real names are not required.

Times have changed in the telecommunications industry, not just due to the growth of the internet, but also due to the growth of the mobile device market. With phones and tablets now having the ability to communicate with others, traditional phone systems are moving the way of the dinosaur. These four startup companies are getting in on the ground floor of the modern industry.

Published on: Nov 24, 2014
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