The folks behind the popular VoIP app Line2 have launched a version for Android. The app lets you make unlimited calls to phones using an internet connection instead of using up minutes on your mobile phone plan. An iPhone version of Line2 is already available.
The Android app works over WiFi, 3G, or 4G connections. As long as you have a strong data connection, you can make as many calls without using your mobile minutes. When no data signal is available, calls will be routed over the regular phone network.
Line2 also gives you a new phone number which you can use to receive calls. The app supports text messaging as well.
Line2 offers a 30 day free trial. After the trial period ends, the service costs $9.95 per month to use. That includes unlimited calls to phone numbers in the US and Canada.
You can also make calls to international numbers, but you’ll have to pay. Line2’s rates are probably cheaper than your phone carriers’, but they don’t appear to be very different from the rates offered by Skype or other VoIP services. The biggest advantage to using Line2 is that the app lets you make unlimited domestic calls in the US and Canada.
The app is reported to work well with the Motorola Droid, Droid 2, and Incredible on Verizon. It’s known not to work well on the Samsung Galaxy S with Android 2.1 and there are problems with the HTC Evo 4G. Other phones and networks may work, but you should probably take advantage of the free trial before plunking down any cash.