Best Alternatives to FaceTime: Top 6 Free Video Calling Apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch


FaceTime was first introduced by Apple in 2010 with the launch of the iPhone 4. Since then this feature gained a big popularity. The FaceTime feature become more flexible, being used on Macs, iPad 2 and iPod touch.

Even this feature is so great, there are some people that don’t like or use Apple products, and FaceTime can only be used between two iDevices. FaceTime also needs an Wi-Fi connection to be used, so here are 6 of the best alternatives to this amazing feature.

1. Skype

I remember when Skype was launched, and started to use its video call feature I was simply amazed of how good it works. Untill then everyone used Yahoo!’s video call feature, but the delay was extremely big and from time to time it was freezing. I was very happy when Skype came into Apple’s App Store, cause its just an amazing thing to have video calls through Skype. Video calls and voice calls can be placed from an iPhone, Android, PC or Mac over Wi-Fi or 3G connection.

Download Skype for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (iTunes Link)

2. Tango Video Calls

Tango video calls is also an amazing free video calls app. This app allows you to place video calls over Wi-Fi or 3G networks. Tango is very popular and easy to use. Once you have it on your device, it automatically searches your address book and lets you know which friends use Tango and palces an icon bellow their names, so you can be sure if they use or not this app.

Download Tango Video Calls for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (iTunes Link)

3. Ustream

Ustream is not quite a face to face video calls, but this app lets you stream video and allow users to watch along. You also have the option to record the stream and post it online later. The streams can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Download Ustream for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (iTunes Link)

4. ooVoo Video Chat

This free app is another great video calling app, but ooVoo Video Chat has a plus. You can video chat with up to six other members at the same time.

Download ooVoo Video Chat for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (iTunes Link)

5. Fring

Fring is another free and great app for video calling. It features something from ooVoo Video Chat, but Fring allows you to video chat with just 4 other members at the same time. Fring is available for iPad also, and its very easy to use!

Download Fring for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (iTunes Link)

6. Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo! Messenger for iOS added video calling a while back. The use of this app is very easy, but a big minus is that you must have an Yahoo! email account in order to use it. The app is absolutely free on the App Store and supports the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Download Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (iTunes Link)