FriendCaller Launches Cross-Platform Skype Alternative; Offers SMS, Calls, Group Video Chat
By on April 23rd, 2012

friendcaller-logoHave you heard of FriendCaller? Well some have while most haven’t . Previously an iPhone only app, Friendcaller has relaunched as an alternative to Skype. FriendCaller is a service from C2Call(Click-to-Call) GmbH. It has funding from Michael Brehm (former executive director of StudiVZ , a European social networking site) and Tapesh Sinha (founder of Acctel Group of companies).

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So what’s so unique about FriendCaller? Well, its cutting-edge cloud hosted Java based VoIP technology turns any web browser into a phone instantly. Calls can be made directly from any browser without the installation of proprietary software such as Adobe Flash, or other plug-ins. Isn’t that fantastic?

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FriendCaller has been launched its new web and mobile apps which supports up to 7-way group video chats or 20 participants in voice only chat at once. The services are free for FriendCaller members, but one has to pay for calling external phones. Moreover, its new algorithms require significantly low resources on both the mobile client and cloud server side which makes it fast at the same time.

The new mobile chat app has features like text/SMS support(free for a limited time), caller ID, support for calling “real” phone numbers over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G.

The new app appears as a completely separate download as compared to the previously available app. The web app is available here online. However, the Android version of the new caller app is freshly launched. Here again you can use Facebook to sign up for a new account. Notably the app also has a Facebook app for using Friendcaller from within it.

If one doesn’t want to pay for credits, FriendCaller offers “offer wall”, a pay-per-download scheme. This allows non paying members to watch videos or download apps to earn those credits. The app also runs a banner ad to assist in monetization efforts.

About two years ago, the company had about 1.4 million subscribers but today, that number has reached about 6.5 million. The application is available for desktop environments of Linux, Windows, Mac apart from most popular web browsers as well as iOS and Android-based devices.

Be it the feature set, the plethora of platform that the app supports or the monetization model, Skype has reasons to panic. And hopefully users are going to gain as the contest heats up. So why not give it a shot now? I’m sure you won’t regret.

[via TechCrunch]

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