Do you place a lot of calls abroad? Smartphone apps like Skype and WhatsApp can lower your bills. The Rebtel Cheap International Calls app is another option, available free for download for Android and iOS phones. It claims to offer, as the name suggests, an app for cheap international calling. Here’s a closer look at the app’s main features, and a rundown of where it stands in comparison to other major calling apps on the market.

Main Features

Whether you travel frequently or have loved ones living overseas, you may be looking for ways to save money and stay connected. Rebtel’s app offers low rates for international calls as a primary feature. The major difference between Rebtel and its competitors is that it can work both with and without an internet connection. While other major VoIP apps require a strong Wi-Fi connection to operate, you can simply place calls over local phone lines using Rebtel. This means that if you’re in an area without developed internet connections, you won’t have to pay international fees to make regular phone calls. Call quality can therefore be potentially better, as the app can adapt to find the strongest connection available whether it’s the local mobile network or internet.


In terms of value for money, the Cheap International Calls App does what it claims. It’s free to download, and Rebtel-to-Rebtel calls are free until the end of this year as a promotional offer. If you can convince your main contacts to download the app as well, you’ll reap the benefits of free calls. The app connects to mobile numbers and landlines, hijacking local phone lines to offer correspondingly local rates. You can check the latest rates at the Rebtel website, or sign up for monthly plans if preferred.

The user-friendly factor is high, with only four screens to swipe through. The app features an attractive red and white design, and your contacts are imported automatically when you sign up. You won’t have to fork over all of your personal details to start using the app either; only your mobile phone number is needed and verification is instant.

Potential Downsides

One of the benefits of Rebtel’s app is how simple it is to use, but this also means that it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of some other VoIP apps. You’ll be able to place calls to other app users, mobile phones, and landlines, but you can’t send text messages. There’s no option for group video chats or anything more complex than regular phone calls. The other potential downside is that although Rebtel works brilliantly in areas with a phone connection, it can’t work in a vacuum. If you’re away from regular phone and internet networks, you won’t be able to use it.

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The Final Word

Overall, Rebtel’s app offers many strong features that make it stand out from the competition. It offers an aesthetically pleasing layout and user-friendly design. There’s no need to fiddle with importing contact lists or giving over all of your personal details upon signup. The rates really are low, and you will enjoy the same call quality level that you could expect from a local phone call. All of these features help make it worth looking at if you are someone with a lot of international connections.