Zip Phone, An App That Lets You Make Free Voice Calls Without Being Launched
Zip Phone is a smartphone app that places secure, Wi-Fi enabled phone calls, connecting you with your contacts, for free. While there are dozens of voice-over-IP applications available, what’s different about Zip Phone is that the app is ridiculously easy to use.
With other applications like Skype, Viber, and LINE, if you want to make call to someone, you first have to launch the app, sign in, see who’s online, and then dial from the app. Zip Phone is sort of an “invisible app” – that is, you just install the app once, and never look at again. You just open it once after installation, and from then onwards, the app operates automatically in the background.
Anuj Jain, a serial entrepreneur from India, is the man who’s behind this startup. Jain used to work from a basement office where he had to face the poor cellular reception issue. He wanted something that is more than just a Wi-Fi-powered mobile calling app – in fact, an app that could work seamlessly with the Android operating system. And that is when he came up with the idea for Zip Phone.
Jain says Zip Phone is deeply integrated with the Android OS. The app becomes a part of your default calling experience: When you’re on Wi-Fi, it automatically detects if your contacts also have the Zip Phone installed, and then routs the calls through Wi-Fi or cellular, as need be.
The company has also launched an iOS version of the app. However, unlike the Android version, which provides a more complete solution, the app on iOS operates just like other VoIP applications – meaning you have to launch the app in order to place your calls.
Moreover, Zip Phone claims to offer Secure Calling, by default. “Privacy is a top priority for the company, too,” Jane told TechCrunch. He said the app encrypts the calls, that is, each time you place a phone call, Zip Phone generates new encryption keys that are never stored on the server or your phone, making it impossible for anyone, including the company itself, to eavesdrop on your conversation.
The app used to be called Awaaz, however, they recently joined Y Combinator, where the app was revamped and rebranded as Zip Phone. Try and use it, and don’t forget to share your experience with us!
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