A Guide to WhatsCall for iOS

This guide will explain the features of WhatsCall and how to use them.

What is WhatsCall?

Pulled description from the app store:

WhatsCall is a FREE global calling app, even the recipient doesn't have the App nor internet connection. Stop paying for expensive international minutes & landlines. Make a free call with crystal clear voice! *Call recorder: Record your incoming & outcoming calls. One-touch record, auto save & replay. No limit on how long & how many recordings. *By contrast, Skype, Viber, textnow, textfree, dingtone, talkatone are only free if the recipient has also already installed the app! *It also has call block, which stops phone fraud /harassment calls & record voice phone call. Dial away and make high quality phone calls with voice quality that is crystal clear, just like making phone calls from a landline! Today, there are 10 million+ people talking to the globe using WhatsCall over WiFi or a data connection without using cell minutes! HIGHLIGHTS: - Make and receive phone calls - Call recorder : Record any phone calls, save and playback anytime - Get unlimited call credits towards calling - Free & Unlimited phone calls with other WhatsCall users - Identify unknown caller ID and blockout any phone call fraud or harassment phone calls ** Enjoy FREE International Call with WhatsCall ** Sick of phone bills? Say goodbye to them by using WhatsCall now. Call your friends, family around the globe with NO extra charges. There are more than 10,000,000 people using it! Make a free call with crystal clear voice. Call your friends and family around the globe free. It is good to social and get connected with your family through a nice free international call. Besides, you can also make your iPad into a Phone, Call anyone free with your iPad. ** Block out phone call fraud or harassment** Identify unknown caller ID and blockout any phone calls fraud or harassment phone calls. You are very safe with WhatsCall! Phone fraud/harassment and any black list calls will be blocked out! Get away with phone fraud and harassments phone calls. ** Recorder for any voice phone calls** Record and share your phone calls for any iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad! Maybe you got bad customer service and need proof? Or, maybe you heard details that you can’t recall? You can always keep everything recorded with our phone call recorder. Recorder can record any phone calls in WhatsCall and you can playback them anytime. ** Unlimited FREE Call Credits ** We have plenty of different offers on WhatsCall, just complete these simple offers and earn call credits to call non-WhatsCall users for FREE! You can receive free calling time easily by watching ads, playing game, completing tasks and inviting friends. ** WhatsCall to WhatsCall is Credit-Free ** Calling online WhatsCall user is CREDIT-FREE. Invite friends to use WhatsCall and enjoy high quality online calling with them for free using Wi-Fi. Besides, you can call any mobile/landline numbers in more than 230 countries with free calling credits. ** High Quality Voice Calls ** In conjunction with the world's leading companies, powered by advanced voice coding and decoding technology, WhatsCall takes pride in the innovation and optimization of IP-PSTN call quality, allowing our users to make high quality phone calls at low rates. WhatsCall - Connecting you with your international friends and family. Talk at one with your international friends and family. Let’s make free international call!

App Download

WhatsCall can be downloaded below:

WhatsCall-Calling App+Recorder by KS Mobile, Inc.

Setup

When you launch WhatsCall for the first time, you'll be presented with a screen explaining how WhatsCall benefits over cell minutes.

You can skip the preview by selecting Skip rather than scrolling through the pages one by one.

Next, you have to either login or create an account. There should be a button called Get Started, if not, click one of the unlabeled buttons and one of them should take you to the register screen.

Information such as your name, phone number and e-mail are necessary.

Some of the fields may be optional, and can be filled in later in the Me tab, see the Me tab section of this guide.

Your phone is required, only because it's the phone number you'll be using for the app.

Your e-mail however, can be used for forgetting your password, or other verification/forgetting scenarios.

Using the App

The app is about 95-99% accessible with VoiceOver, with the 1-5% being the weirdly labeled/unlabeled buttons lingering in some areas. I'll call them out when we get to them.

The app is divided into tabs. You are by default placed in the Home tab (previously known as the Recents tab).

Part 1. Home Tab

The home tab allows you to view your recent calls, as well as a recent feature called Recordings. You are now able to record your calls without any limits.

You can choose to view recents or recordings by using the toolbar at the top, that has two sub tabs, Recents, and Recordings.

The home tab now also includes the previously known tab called Keypad. It's weirdly labeled, the last button at the bottom of the Home tab. Something called

ic fab nor

or something like that.

Unfortunately the keypad is still usable, but accessibility issues are iminent.

The issues are as follows:

  1. Unlabeled/weirdly labeled buttons
  2. Two buttons that activate the same thing. For example, the unlabeled button next to 1 on the dial pad, activates the number 1. Not onlth is this the case, but when tapping on the number itself it activates the unlabeled button to the left if you swipe left.

Making Calls

There are two ways you can make a call.

  1. Dial in the number you want to call, for example, (1 2 3) 4 5 6 - 7 8 9 0, and press the weirdly labeled call button.
  2. Use the Contacts tab and tap the call button next to the contact you want to call. (See the Contacts tab section of this guide for more in depth details).

For now, let's use the Home tab's method. Follow these instructions to call someone.

  1. Open the dial pad, at the bottom of the screen, above the Home tab element.
  2. Choose a country. Depending on where the country you are calling is, some countries may cost more credits than others. See the Credits tab section of this guide on how to earn credits.
  3. Dial in the number and hit call. NOTE: When you are calling, you don't need to use the country code, for example, you don't need to use 1 before dialing your number if you are in the United States.

Call Screen

During a call, most of the buttons except one are labeled. There is also a new button called recording, which now when pressed will record your call.

When a call starts, the person is not contacted yet. The call goes through WhatsCall first, then a kind voice will tell you you are being connected to the line. Then you will hear the familiar call tone as you call the person.

Other people will not know you are using WhatsCall, as your number will show up on their screen, and not some random one in China. LOL. However, that's said to happen. I'm not sure if it's a bug, but sometimes people's phones read you as someone from Japan or from Mexico. It's happened.

Anyway, once the call starts, the quality is pretty good to my surprise. Sounds like you are on FaceTime audio.

Do note however, that if you are trying to record something, you should probably hit mute first, then hit record, then unmute yourself, as when you hit record, people on the other side will hear the voice say this call is being recorded.

Of course, it's not a bad thing, but no offense to the suspicious kind of people, you probably want to start recording while you are muted.

You can also turn on AutoRecord in Settings, which records the call automatically. See the Me tab section for more details.

Part 2. Contacts Tab

The Contacts tab is where you can manage your contacts. In order for this to work, you must allow the app access to your Contacts list.

Once your contacts are synced, WhatsCall can identify people who are not on WhatsCall (which you can call using credits), and people who are on WhatsCall (which you can call without credits).

You can easily identify who's using WhatsCall and who isn't because of the Invite buttons next to contacts who don't use it, and no invite button to people who do.

Hmm... You probably do not want to scroll through your whole contacts list, just to find who's on WhatsCall.

Luckily, at the top of the screen, there is a small section that displays all the contacts that use WhatsCall, and their location. For example, Tunmi, United States.

From the Contacts tab, you can also make calls with the weirdly labeled call button next to the contact's name. I believe it's called

ic PhoneCall

or something like that.

The Contacts tab also includes a search field, allowing quick access to the contact you would rather not dig out.

An add button is also available, allowing you to easily add new contacts.

Contact Info Screen

Selecting a contact from your list of contacts in the Contacts tab will bring up a list of options.

This can vary if the user is on WhatsCall or not. Meaning, some features that WhatsCall users have access to, may not be available for the ones who either don't know or don't need/want WhatsCall.

Here are the available options.

  1. Edit: Edit contact info.
  2. Call: Call the contact

WhatsCall options:

  1. View WhatsCall profile
  2. Call free of credits charge on WhatsCall

Inviting Friends

When you invite a friend, you got a huge load rather credits (1000 to be precise).

So if you invite 5 friends, both of you guys should get a total of 5,000 credits. It sounds like nothing, but it's really good compared to the daily check in (see Credits Tab section for more details).

Part 3. Credits Tab

The Credits tab is where you are able to earn credits to call people.

During a call, you can see how many credits you have, as well as the remaining minutes you have until your credits are gone.

Luckily, for people in the United States, our calling is basically free of charge. For me, that's definitely a win win.

However, if you are planning to call that friend in Slovakia, then you gotta earn some credits.

In the Credits Tab there is a turn table go button. Sighted people can see it spinning once you tap on it, but we have to rely on the amount of credits counter we have.

This means each time you spin the wheel, when you close the advertisement (yes, you earn credits by watching/viewing ads), you must look at the credits you've earned that day, as well as your total amount of credits you have.

Also, you will be told when you must stop earning credits, when the available credits for today counter (the number at the way bottom of the screen), reaches 0.

The Today's Credits and total credits are organized so the labels come first, then you have to flick right to view the numbers.

Here's an example:

Today's Credits

Total Credits

500

1000

Yep, that's how it's layed out.

Below that, you can see offers that will get you extra credits.

Filling out your information, such as birthday, gender and e-mail will earn you credits.

Inviting friends will earn you 1,000 credits.

Getting a WhatsCall number will earn you credits, but only if you want to. You don't have to have a WhatsCall number.

Finally, at the bottom, you will find your credits available for that day, also being a label, then having to flick right to see the number.

Watching/Viewing Ads

To spin the wheel to watch ads for credits, select the turn table button and wait a few seconds.

After awhile, a new window should appear with the ad.

For viewing type ads, usually displaying app store downloads, there is a Close Advertisement button available. And guess what? It's labeled. Score.

For video ads, you may have to either go home and re-launch the application, or there is sometimes a buttoned called l. The letter l. Which should close the ad.

Didn't Get your Credits?

At the top, there is a menu that brings up an option that says didn't get your credits. If you accidentally click this menu, the only way out is to tap on the Didn't get credits button and tap OK.

Here is the message displayed when you select the option.

It might take some time to finish the credit transfer. We appreciate your patience.

Part 4. Me Tab

The Me Tab allows you to view your profile, as well as adjust app settings.

Profile

To view your profile, select your name along with the number displayed.

An edit button is available to change or edit details on your profile.

Once done hit the save/done button.

Total Credits

In the Me tab, the amount of credits you have is also displayed. If you select it, you should be placed in the Credits tab (see above).

Credit Rates

This option allows you to view how much credits in certain countries are spent for each minute.

For example, 10 credits per minute.

You can navigate through the available countries before dialing the country you want, to make sure you have enough credits to last the whole conversation.

Settings

The Settings option allows you to configure app settings. They are as follows:

  1. Auto Record: Configures if you want the app to record automatically when you make a call.
  2. Check-in reminder: Reminds you, if on, every day to check in to WhatsCall to earn free credits. Completing a straight week of checking in earns you 1000 credits.
  3. Red dot notification: not applicable
  4. About WhatsCall: Shows credits, acknowledgements, etc.

Rate

You can rate the app from the app store.

Conclusion

I hope this guide helps/helped. If you have any questions, comments, etc, post them in the comments section below, or use my AppleVis contact form.

Have a great day... or call.

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6 Comments

#1 Calling Apps

Thanks for writing this; it was pretty informative and I'm always glad to see more calling apps like this exist. For the record though, there are a huge number of free ones out there which actually work surprisingly well if you live in Canada, the US, or a few select other places. Magic Jack, Vonage, and I believe Google Hangouts will all place phone calls within Canada and US for free. I don't know how their international rates compare to the rates on this app, so having this one is still potentially useful. My main concluding point: Shop around in case you can get what you want for free.

#2 When i call i hear the intro

When i call i hear the intro music but don't hear the call. Iphone 5s and ios 10.

#3 Try the following steps:

Try the following steps:
1. Restart your iPhone.
2. If you have a landline phone, use it to dial your iPhone.
3. Make sure that the music turns off when the ringtone is about to happen.
4. Answer the call from the landline phone on your iPhone and see if you still hear the music. You might want to be a few steps away from the landline phone so you don't get as much feedback.
Hope this helps and good luck!

#4 Well,

Skype sounds a lot less complicated.

#5 Markdown

When I read the article, it shows up as a number sign. Are you trying to set it as Markdown? Sorry that this is off-topic, but you have to select Markdown from the dropdown menu

#6 mark down

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

The issue with markdown was that he was using 3 number signs at the beginning and end of each heading. With markdown, you only need to insert the # symbol at the beginning of the heading title. Dropping down to a new line makes markdown assume you are done with your heading title. Hope this helps. I've fixed it accordingly.