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Free Wi-Fi calling with Google Hangouts


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Free Wi-Fi calling

wi-fi callingYou can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android and Hangouts on iOS to any number across North America. For free.

You may be thinking, “doesn’t Google Hangouts use data?” How can it be free?

In short, jump on a Wi-Fi connection and any call you make to any number across the US and Canada is entirely free. These calls won’t count toward your voice minutes and can help you lower your monthly bill if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

The latest Hangouts 4.0 update brings caller ID to your outbound calls, too! No longer will you show up as “Unknown” – your friends and family now see your Ting number when you give them a ring.

Not familiar with Google Hangouts? It’s similar to Skype or iMessage (messaging, voice calls and video chat), except, as we’ve pointed out, Wi-Fi calling North American phone numbers through Hangouts Dialer costs absolutely nothing. Hangouts also supports animated GIFs… need we say more?!

It’s worth noting that you can lower your monthly bill even further by routing incoming calls (and texts) through Hangouts. Just remember that if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll be using your mobile data plan, not your voice minutes.

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Android users

Update your current Hangouts app and install the accompanying Hangouts Dialer. Installing the Hangouts Dialer adds a second calling section to the app.

Calling a number from this screen will use your smartphone’s internet connection (whether Wi-Fi or mobile data) to place the call.

Detailed Android instructions (with GIFs)

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iOS users

Hangouts is available for all iOS devices running 6.0 and up. If you have yet to download Hangouts, pick it up from the App Store now.

Voice calls are instantly available inside Hangouts, no secondary app required. Just head to the “Calls” screen and you’re good to go!

Detailed iOS instructions (with GIFs)

We hope this helps you save even more on your monthly bill!

Have any questions? Let us know in the comments.

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