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App Spotlight: Line2

In the mobile phone industry, carriers are trying harder and harder to lock you down into contracts and charge you like crazy for plans. Thankfully, developers provide ways around this, and that is what the folks here at Line2 are trying to do. Line2 is a tri-mode VoIP application, meaning you can talk and text using an internet connection. What is really cool about Line2 that a lot of other VoIP apps do not, is allowing you to talk using your 3G/4G connection, meaning you can use it on the go. In other apps, a WiFi connection is needed, and that really limits you to being where WiFi is available, making is not the same mobile experience. Line2 is awesome because you can talk and text over WiFi and your mobile data connection.

There is a huge advantage to using a service like this. If you do not want to use the minutes that you would have to pay for to place or receive calls, this app is right for you. You could drastically reduce the price of your monthly plan. Line2 offers some great advantages not in just calling but also text messaging. In the same way , you can save money by paying less on your monthly plan and using Line2 to send and receive messages for free.

Another cool feature that can make you want to utilize this service is the port-in offer, which allows you to port an existing number to Line2 free of charge. This can be very helpful to those who do not want to give out a new number to all of their contacts.

Another great feature to Line2 is the fact that you are not restricted to your network, because Line2 will select the best connection and use it automatically. This is helpful because if you cannot maintain a connection with your network in a certain area, Line2 will choose a network with a better connection. Line2 will use cellular voice networks like this along with WiFi or a 3G/4G data connection. This functionality cannot be found elsewhere.

Line2 is a really great app for voice and texting because it has many different ways to send them unlike others and it is free for the first 30 days. After those thirty days there is a monthly charge of $9.95 a month. This is a lot lower than most standard carrier plans for unlimited calling and texting. This is not for everyone, but for those that are looking to save some money monthly, Line2 is definitely a great choice.

about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have advice? email [email protected]

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