How to Make an iPhone Video Call to a Non-iPhone

Last summer, Apple paved the way for face-to-face calling and conferencing on mobile phones with FaceTime, available over WiFi connections between users of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 features a front-facing camera, so users can easily see and talk to each other. However, with Android phones introducing front-facing cameras, there are now apps available to make an iPhone video call to a non-iPhone mobile phone possible.

The Tango app for iPhone and Android enables video calling between iphone and non-iphoneTango is a free app available for both iPhone and Android users that offers free mobile video calls over 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi between anyone using the Tango app. Each user downloads the app and enters their phone information. Tango then instantly connects to your entire contact/phone book. The entire setup for Tango, once downloaded, takes less then a minute.

Tango will automatically recognize which friends have already installed Tango. When you’re ready to call your friends using Tango, visit the “Contacts” list from the Tango app. You can invite friends to use Tango with you from the “All” list, or call friends already using Tango from the “Tango” list. The face-to-face video calls made via Tango are easy to initiate with one click on your friends’ names from the contact lists, and the calls are exceptionally clear. You can even mute video calls made from Tango or choose to place them on speaker.

The great part about using Tango to make an iPhone video call to a non-iPhone is that these face-to-face video calls can be made over 3G or 4G – not just WifFi, which is required for FaceTime on iPhone 4 FaceTime. This means video conferencing can happen anywhere, and can be taken anywhere; for example, I can start a call in the office, take it to the train, and end at home thanks to carrying the call on 3G instead of relying on WiFi. Additionally, the quality of calls made using Tango are very comparable to calls using Apple’s FaceTme.

Tango makes it easy to make face-to-face video calls between an iPhone and a non-iPhone mobile phone. Find it now for free in the Android Market or in the iTunes App Store.

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  • http://twitter.com/tonyisontwtr tony cerda

    Apple paved the way for face to face calling?? I used to use my Nokia N95’s front facing camera to do this back in 2005. 6 years later apple gets a clue to do this, from Nokia no doubt, and gets all the credit for it? I don’t think so.

    • http://www.jakeludington.com Jake Ludington

      Apple has enough marketshare to make face-to-face calling intersting. Finding anyone else with an N95 was nearly impossible in 2005.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XCKAPQZBC2L4VWRTT2I7U3H42I BillP

    Hello, Sherman. I’ve commented before here – I always check the hard disk drive with the manufacturer’s diagnostic software first. Always. Even if I hear a story like your customer’s…About 10% of the time it’s a bad hard disk drive, and I’ve wasted no time/effort on software (Windows) diagnostics. (Heard same kind of story last night – asked them to drop off same night – diagnosed bad drive – up and running today with new drive from stock. All the data was recoverable(!) ).

    If customer elects to get new computer (exceedingly rare), I try to keep old computer to properly recycle, or re-use for a low-income customer. The bad hard disk drive gets destroyed here – they are taken apart and scrapped for the aluminum. BillP

  • Anonymous

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/SHOPid

  • William Morgan

    Thanks for the article – I am going to jump in and try a few of those apps.

    Funny I had a meeting with a senior user yesterday, showing him the sound recorder app in Windows 7 for dictating as well as Dropbox for file sharing. Made me think – people can really set themselves up with a lot of good stuff without having to invest anything but than their time.

    Love that anecdote about the recycling of old hardware using Linux. Great work.

  • http://twitter.com/tonyisontwtr tony cerda

    Apple paved the way for face to face calling?? I used to use my Nokia N95’s front facing camera to do this back in 2005. 6 years later apple gets a clue to do this, from Nokia no doubt, and gets all the credit for it? I don’t think so.

  • http://www.jakeludington.com Jake Ludington

    Apple has enough marketshare to make face-to-face calling intersting. Finding anyone else with an N95 was nearly impossible in 2005.