What is Aznog?
Anyone who has family or friends abroad will
likely be very well acquainted with Skype. Although the service allows
you to call landlines and mobiles directly, you have to buy credits to
do so. Now a new Android-only app, Aznog, has taken things a step
further by allowing free calls to landlines and mobiles in 19 different
countries. Oh and it’s absolutely free.
As long as you have an
internet connection, whether 3G, 4G, LTE or Wi-Fi, you can call anyone
on their phone without them needing to have the app installed. Calls are
currently limited to two minutes but you can call as many times as you
want and the limit is set to increase soon. Could this be the start of
free international calls for all?
installing the app, you go through a quick validation process where you
type in your number and receive a text, just like with Whatsapp. Then
you’re free to use Aznog. It’s very quick and I had no issues installing
and setting up the app.
I also never had a problem calling any
number, and the app imports all of your contacts, as well as providing
you with a number pad, to make calling easy and quick. The user
interface is incredibly clean – too clean in fact, with the lack of a
settings menu slightly disconcerting at first. But you’ll eventually
find that you don’t really need anything more than the contacts list and
The great thing about Aznog, aside from the
whole free calls thing, is that whoever you’re calling doesn’t need to
have the app installed on their phone. When you dial a number, the
person you’re calling will receive the call like it were a regular phone
call. Not needing the app installed also means Aznog works with
quality can vary depending on your internet connection but as long as
you have a decent Wi-Fi or 4G service, it's perfectly adequate. Even on
3G it’s tolerable, although travelling on a train proved too much for
Aznog as the data connection strength changed rapidly and voices began
to break up – which is to be expected.
I can also see Aznog
coming in handy for those who live in areas where there’s poor
reception. If your house or flat doesn’t get any service but you have
Wi-Fi signal, having Aznog means you can still make calls directly to
This is the current list of countries in which
Aznog works: United Kingdom, United States, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria,
Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico,
Puerto Rico, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Spain, Singapore. You can make
calls to and from any of these countries and the team behind Aznog have
stated that the list will continually expand.
two-minute limit means phone calls are remarkably short, and until this
increases Aznog is unlikely to be widely adopted as a genuine
international calling alternative. That said, the developers are keen to
emphasise that the limit will be increased in the near future, although
they haven’t specified when. As soon as that happens, phone companies
will start to worry about the app.
And if you're wondering how
Aznog can possibly make money, there are ads which pop up after every
phone call. They certainly aren't a major drawback however, as you can
simply tap the 'X' to get rid of them and make another call.
those looking for an alternative to costly long-distance calling, or
paying for Skype credits to contact friends and family abroad, Aznog is a
good tool that could one day become essential. As soon as the two
minute call limit is increased, Aznog could very well start to pilfer
Skype users from Microsoft and have phone companies paying attention.
8/10 | Price:
Free | In-app purchases?
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