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No reception? Here's how to make calls without cell coverage

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The travel nightmare is always the same: how much will roaming fees cost? The most enterprising traveler can avoid the problem of high fees by using a VOIP service like Skype, but while services like these are totally free, there is a limitation: our contacts must also have these applications to communicate with us.

Applications like Tango, Viber, WhatsApp and Skype are extremely popular, but are not as effective as a normal call. You can't just simply pick up your smartphone and call - some planning needs to take place first. Above all, voice calling through apps like WhatsApp simply don't work all the time. What's the solution? Let's find out how to make calls without cell coverage.

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Want to make calls without a network connection? It's possible. / © ANDROIDPIT

Life Is Better ON: call without cell coverage

As often happens in the Android world, an app comes along which can solve all of our problems. This time, we'd like to introduce Libon (an acronym of 'life is better on'). With Libon you can make normal calls to land lines and mobile phones, even if your smartphone does not have coverage. Just connect to a Wi-Fi network (or to a mobile network) even if the call receiver doesn't have the app installed.

How does it work?

Using Libon is simple and elegant: if your phone can't be reached because, for example, you have no cell reception, incoming calls will be forwarded free of charge to Libon, which will immediately redirect within the application using the internet instead of a cell tower.

In this way, the sender can call you normally via Wi-Fi at no extra charge. But it's not totally free. Even though the person on the other end of the line does not need to install Libon, there are only 15 minutes of free calls per month. However, you can earn 30 minutes for free for each contact you invite to use the service, up to a maximum of 60 minutes per month.

In order to call more than that, you'll have to buy a 10, 100, 200 or 400-minute call package. However, you can make and send unlimited free calls, text messages, photos, audio, and more to contacts who already use Libon.

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Receive calls any time, any place using Wi-Fi. / © Libon

Using Libon

Getting the most out of Libon is easy: download the app from the Play Store and enter your name and phone number. After setting it up, you'll receive 30 minutes of free calling to use within the month - so what more do you want? Now you just have to activate the service to be accessible for free via Wi-Fi.

At this point, any incoming call will be broadcast by Libon via Wi-Fi and will go through the notification system "Call Transfer". Remember to turn off the service when you want to receive a normal call.

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Call and message with your friends with Libon. / © Libon

Key Benefits

  • No need for the sender to install Libon
  • Receive all calls via Wi-Fi or mobile network: with or without a connection and even when offline
  • 15 minutes of free calls can be made via Libon each month and up to 60 per month
  • Free call and messaging service (unlimited with contacts who use Libon)
  • Backup/synchronization of SMS

How does Libon sound to you? Are you ready to chat abroad, or in situations where you don't have cell coverage?

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Mattia Mercato

Mattia Mercato
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A big fan of computer science and videogames for as long as he remembers, Mattia now has the chance to cultivate his passion developing apps and games for Android. His deep interest for the open source operating system goes from hardware specs to software procedures like rooting and bug fixing, or simply by trying out new apps and features.

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  • 6
    jaskaran Jul 1, 2015 Link to comment

    it's not good sometimes it keeps on saying the No. is busy..

  • 1
    White Mamba Jun 30, 2015 Link to comment

    Just to share: I use Skype for $2.99/month for unlimited U.S. & Canada internet-based calls. I am in sales and use it as my home-office phone utilizing my computer to make calls to customer landlines and cell phones with a caller-ID that matches my cell phone number. I have a condensor mic and speakers/bluetooth headset that provide a pure call experience. A Skype phone number can be established to transfer incoming calls from your cell phone to Skype on your computer when you are in the office. While I do not use it much, I have Skype on my mobile phone (using the same account) and can make calls directly from the Skype app without any "advanced planning" and it is as effective as "a normal call".

  • 9
    Paul Warner Jun 27, 2015 Link to comment

    The problem I've found with free WiFi is that the call quality is so bad you don't want to use it.

  • 5
    Jason Haley Jun 25, 2015 Link to comment

    Doesn't hangouts dialer already do this?

    • Jawad Ahmed 2
      Jawad Ahmed Jun 26, 2015 Link to comment

      No it doesn't.

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