Rebtel

If you're looking for VoIP services, there is a few options out there and one of those options is Rebtel. Previously having built their Android app only for phones, Rebtel today announced they'll be rolling out v2.0 of their free calling app that will now support tablets in addition to smartphones and as such they've ensured to pack it full of features:

  • Optimized Tablet Experience - Inspired by Rebtel 2.0 for Android smartphones, the new Android tablet app features optimized high-resolution graphics and takes full advantage of the larger tablet screen real estate to give the user an immersive Rebtel experience.
  • Free Rebtel to Rebtel Calls - Rebtel 2.0 for Android tablets incorporates free calling between users running any one of Rebtel’s apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android smartphones, PC, or starting today, Android tablets. Calls are seamlessly connected using Wi-Fi or 3G (applicable to 3G-enabled Android tablets only).
  • Low-Cost Calls to Any Phone - Users of the Rebtel Android tablet app are not limited to our free Rebtel to Rebtel calls. Browse through your native tablet address book, select any contact with a number and get talking at rates up to 98 percent lower than an average carrier, and up to 60 percent lower than current Skype Out rates.
  • Native Address Book Integration - No more syncing issues that mess up your address book. Rebtel for Android tablets seamlessly integrates with the regular native Android address book, providing a clear view of which contacts are available to call for free, and which contacts can be reached at very affordable rates.
  • Low-Cost SMS - Prefer texting over talking? Send low-cost international text messages to friends in more than 196 countries with an average cost savings of up to 60 percent when compared to your regular carrier. If you want to ensure your friend can reply without being charged, tick the Collect Reply box and include a link in your message that lets your friend reply via a mobile web page while you pick up the tab.

I've not used Rebtel in the past but do use Skype a lot so I'm going to give this one a full go to see how it works out in comparison, if you're looking for a solution as well this may be it. If you're looking for more info, you'll find it below for your browsing pleasure along with a download link.

Rebtel Launches Free High Quality VoIP Calling App for Android Tablets
 
 
Free and cheap calling service now available for millions of users across iPhone, Android mobile, iPad and now Android tablet devices
 
 
Stockholm, Sweden & San Francisco, USA – June 13, 2012 - Rebtel, the world’s largest mobile VoIP company after Skype, today announced the launch of Rebtel 2.0 for Android tablets. The app is available for free starting today on Google Play and enables anyone to make high quality Rebtel to Rebtel calls for free over Wi-Fi or 3G. Today’s introduction of the Android tablet app joins Rebtel’s existing app offerings available for Android, iPhone, PC, and iPad.
 
“We expect the market for Android tablets to see significant increases in the next five years, and our latest product will immediately benefit millions of users who are looking to offset costly international calling rates associated with their traditional service providers,” says Andreas Bernstrom, CEO at Rebtel.
 
The company’s announcement of Rebtel 2.0 for Android tablets coincides with recent projections by research firm IDC that the Android tablet market share will experience major increases in Q2 2012, as distributors roll out Android tablet devices at lower costs. Display Research recently released similar research, stating that tablet shipments are projected to grow from 81.6 million shipments in 2011 to 429.9 million shipments in 2017.
 
Bernstrom continued: “The introduction of Rebtel 2.0 for Android phones last December helped to drive a 96.2 percent approval rating from our customers, and we expect this will have a similar result in satisfying the needs of our customers and the growing demand for true cross-platform interoperability across all our products.”
 
According to a recent study from Nielsen, 77 percent of tablet owners stated they use their tablet devices for tasks they previously relied on their computer for. Based on the assumption that most will users hold on to their tablets for at least a few years, Forrester Research also predicts there will be 760 million tablets in use globally by 2016.
 
Android tablet users can benefit from the following features and options:


Optimized Tablet Experience - Inspired by Rebtel 2.0 for Android smartphones, the new Android tablet app features optimized high-resolution graphics and takes full advantage of the larger tablet screen real estate to give the user an immersive Rebtel experience.
 
Free Rebtel to Rebtel Calls - Rebtel 2.0 for Android tablets incorporates free calling between users running any one of Rebtel’s apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android smartphones, PC, or starting today, Android tablets. Calls are seamlessly connected using Wi-Fi or 3G (applicable to 3G-enabled Android tablets only).
 
Low-Cost Calls to Any Phone - Users of the Rebtel Android tablet app are not limited to our free Rebtel to Rebtel calls. Browse through your native tablet address book, select any contact with a number and get talking at rates up to 98 percent lower than an average carrier, and up to 60 percent lower than current Skype Out rates.
 
Native Address Book Integration - No more syncing issues that mess up your address book. Rebtel for Android tablets seamlessly integrates with the regular native Android address book, providing a clear view of which contacts are available to call for free, and which contacts can be reached at very affordable rates.
 
Low-Cost SMS - Prefer texting over talking? Send low-cost international text messages to friends in more than 196 countries with an average cost savings of up to 60 percent when compared to your regular carrier. If you want to ensure your friend can reply without being charged, tick the Collect Reply box and include a link in your message that lets your friend reply via a mobile web page while you pick up the tab.
 
Rebtel for Android tablets is available for free starting today in Google Play.  To downloads the app, visit here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rebtel.android&hl=en
 
About Rebtel - Rebtel is the world’s largest mobile VoIP company after Skype. Today, the company is growing rapidly with more than 17 million users with a run rate of over 1 billion minutes per year. The company is on pace to hit $85 million in revenue at the end of 2012. Rebtel users call through smartphone or desktop apps or any other phone to make free or cheap international calls. For more information, or to start using Rebtel, go to www.rebtel.com.

 
There are 9 comments

montgoss says:

Voip.ms is cheaper (max of 1.25 cents per minute, though there are cheaper options). I've used them for a while.
The app I use with voip.ms is CSipSimple. Works great and integrates seamlessly into the dialer and call history.

icebike says:

Plus one for CSipSimple (from the Nightly builds, just pick the highest numbered one.)

I use this for international calls all the time. The built in Voip in my HOX is limited to wifi only, and rather than have multiple clients to deal with, I standardized on CSipSimple.

I found Sip2Sip.info after searching a zillion SIP suppliers, It got fairly good rates for calls to regular phone numbers world wide, and of course sip calls to any other sip provider are crystal clear.

Tekmazter says:

I wish articles such as this one would talk about options rather than just push it as an advertisement. Undoubtedly AndroidCentral is more than aware that you can get truly 'free' VoIP with SIPdroid and a PBXes account.

In fact, you can integrate Google Voice into the entire experience and freely make calls to 'anyone' (not just in-network Rebtel to Rebtel etc...). You can call someone's PC, someone's cell, someone's home phone at no cost. Heck, other people can call you from their PC with a simple softphone app again, at no cost to you or them.

Is there any reason AndroidCentral doesn't cross compare when posting these articles?

mlynch53 says:

Guys,

I know you're pretty busy churning out these fast-developing stories and keeping the Android community up on what's happening in the 'droid world... But please take a few extra moments to review your text for typos, spelling errors, and grammatical usage.

Yeah, yeah, I know! People don't like the "rules" so much any more. But following good English writing rules helps to convey the message clearly and without distractions.

Read the first paragraph of your story on Rebtel and note the subject-verb disagreement in the first line and the apparent contradiction in the third one.

Thanks! And keep the news rolling here!

sremick says:

Agreed. Very unprofessional and I expect better from a news company/website. Reflects very badly on the site when they don't catch obvious stuff like that.

Not to mention that grammar and spelling mistakes are a bit of a "virus" as people get desensitized to improper use.

skindoc says:

Anyone using or have an opinion on GrooveIP? I have used it, love the concept, but have struggled to get rid of the echo. By "echo," I am referring to people on the receiving end of my call: they hear themselves when they speak and it makes them a little crazy. To put it mildly, they really don't like taking my calls when I use GrooveIP to call them.

Whyzor says:

Groove IP has a setting for Basic Echo Canceller, which works for me on wifi, and more CPU-intensive adaptive-canceller that is supposed to work better, but drains battery a little quicker. Give those a try. Also try turning down speaker volume (mine is at 0), and mic volume (also at 0, from default of -2)

icebike says:

I've heard a lot of these complaints, and echo suppression has been a long term problem. They have a faq about it, but it still is a problem for many.

On the whole this is a bit of a lash-up if you ask me. They have your phone log in as if it was google chat client.

I can't wait till google allows direct SIP connections to and from Google Voice.
Apparently this did work for a while, a year ago, and then google pulled it.

ssummer says:

Bobsled also works OK. Good for a quick free outgoing call (don't know/haven't tried for incoming). Call any number in the US/Canada/PR for free (sorry UK). Looks more professional than GrooveIP.