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How to make phone calls without a SIM

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How to make phone calls without a SIM: You recently bought a smartphone and, trying to insert your old SIM into it, you realized that it requires a different card format than the one you own. And now? Unfortunately, you do not have time to go to a center of your telephone operator and request a replacement SIM, so you have launched yourself on the Web to look for a solution that can help you in this your intent.

This is how things are, am I right? Don’t worry, because I can help you, thanks to the advice you will find in the next chapters. In fact, in this guide of mine, I will show you how to make SIM-free calls on Android smartphones and iPhones. What am I referring to? Simply the apps that allow you to make phone calls via the Internet, even in Wi-Fi, so without the need for a SIM in the phone.

How do you say? Is this exactly the kind of solution you were looking for and so are you eager to get started with this guide of mine? So let’s not waste any more precious time: sit comfortably, take your smartphone and try to put into practice the procedures that I will show you. There is nothing left for me to do but wish you a good read and a big good luck for everything!

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App to make phone calls without SIM

If you want to make calls without the use of a SIM with your smartphone, i.e. without a contract with a telephone operator, the only solution at your disposal is to install messaging or social network apps that support VOIP calls . free .

In this regard, the essential requirement is that your smartphone is connected to the Internet via wireless. Therefore, you will have to connect your smartphone to a Wi-Fi network , such as the home one, or to the numerous free hotspots , which I told you about in this guide of mine.

In the next chapters, therefore, I will show you some apps that could be useful for making phone calls over the Internet. I warn you, however, that some of them require a phone number to create an account.

WhatsApp (Android/iOS)

WhatsApp for making calls

The first solution I want to talk to you about to make phone calls without SIM is WhatsApp , the most famous messaging app in the world, available for free for  Android and iOS , which allows you to send messages and make calls / video calls with all your contacts who have it. in turn installed on the smartphone.

However, I warn you that, to use it, you will need to enter a valid phone number: a requirement without which it is not possible to create a free account and take advantage of this messaging service (owned by Facebook). If you are interested in using WhatsApp , the first thing you need to do is download the app on your Android smartphone or iPhone, via the links I have provided. If you don’t know how to download and install this famous app, I suggest you read my guide on how to download WhatsApp.

At the end of the procedure, start  WhatsApp , through its icon on the home screen, and follow the on-screen procedure to create a free account: you will need to enter your phone number and the verification code that you will receive via SMS, in order to verify the your identity. Not being able to use the SIM in the smartphone in use, you can easily insert it in another phone and thus obtain the code necessary to verify the account.

At this point, to make a call, select the Calls tab on the main WhatsApp screen and press the handset icon . Then, locate the contact you want to call and first touch the handset icon  that you find next to her and then the  Call item , to confirm.

For contacts with whom you have already started a text conversation, you can simply tap on the latter, via the Chat tab , and then press on the handset icon  located at the top. In case you want to learn more about this topic, I suggest you read my guide on how to call with WhatsApp.

Facebook Messenger (Android/iOS)

Facebook Messenger for making calls

Another service that can do for you to make SIM-free calls is Facebook Messenger , the famous app for keeping in touch with your Facebook friends, available for free on the Android Play Store and the iOS App Store . By creating an account with just the phone number, this app can be used in a way similar to WhatsApp .

To use Facebook Messenger , you will be required to log in with your Facebook account or register for a free account by simply entering your phone number, for identity verification. If you want to know how to use this app without a Facebook account, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to the topic.

If you are interested in the Facebook Messenger app , the first thing you need to do is download it to your Android smartphone or iPhone, using the links I have provided. If you have any difficulty installing the app, I recommend that you consult my guide on how to download Messenger.

After downloading and starting the app on your device, access the service using your Facebook account or mobile number , using the wizard that you see on the screen. Once this is done, in case you want to make a free phone call via the Internet, on the main screen, press the icon with the speech bubble and select the text conversation with the contact you want to call. Once this is done, press the handset icon to initiate a phone call.

Alternatively, you can start a new audio conversation by accessing from the contact list, which you can find by pressing the icon with the two men at the bottom. Subsequently, if you are using  Android , tap on the address book icon at the top and then press the (i) button , which you find next to the name you want to call. At this point, press on the handset icon to initiate the phone call over the Internet.

If you use  iOS , however, locate the contact you want to call, scrolling through the list or using the search bar at the top. Once this is done, press on his name to open the chat, and tap on the handset icon  located at the top to call.

Google Duo (Android/iOS)

Google Duo for making calls

In addition to the solutions I showed you in the previous chapters, you can also download the free Google Duo app , also available for  Android  and  iOS . Google Duo allows you to make calls or video calls completely free of charge to other users who use the service, using the Internet connection of your mobile device. Obviously, if you have not inserted a SIM in your smartphone, you will necessarily have to use a Wi-Fi network.

If you are interested in downloading Google Duo  on Android , tap on the link I provided and then press the  Install  and  Open buttons . If you are using  iOS , on the other hand, reach the link I indicated and press the Get button , then unlock the download and installation of the app via the Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password. Finally, start the app, via the Open button .

After launching the app, log in with your Google account or register with your phone number . In the latter case, you will be asked to enter the code you will receive via SMS, to verify your identity (obviously you will need to have inserted your SIM in a compatible device to receive the SMS).

Once this is done, on the main Google Duo screen , use the search bar to locate the contact you want to call and tap on it. At this point, press on the handset icon ( Voice call ) to start an audio conversation with the user selected by you.

Instagram (Android/iOS)

Instagram for video calling

Instagram is the well-known social network of photos and videos owned by Facebook , with which you can share your multimedia content with other users or start private conversations via chat or video call.

You can use Instagram for free, by downloading its app for Android and iOS mobile devices , which I told you about in detail in my guide dedicated to this topic. After you have downloaded and installed this app, start it via its icon on the home screen and log in via your Instagram account (your email or phone number ) or via Facebook. If you have not yet created an account for this social network, I recommend that you read my guide on how to register on Instagram.

Subsequently, in the main screen of the app, tap on the icon with the cassette  located at the bottom left and press the button with the airplane , which you find at the top right, to access the section relating to private Instagram conversations.

Now, what you have to do is press on the pencil icon  located at the top right and select a contact in the list, among the people you follow. Then press on the word Chat , to start a text conversation, and press on the video camera icon , at the top right, to start a free video call.

FaceTime (iOS)

FaceTime for making calls

Owners of iPhones or other Apple devices can get in touch with each other via the free FaceTime app , which allows you to make calls and video calls completely free of charge.

To use it, the only thing you need to do is make sure the app is installed and activated on your iOS device. You can recognize the FaceTime app by its green icon with a camera inside it . If you do not find it, you have probably uninstalled it: you can download it again by visiting  this link and pressing the cloud icon .

To activate FaceTime , on the other hand, open the iOS settings ( the gear icon ) and press the FaceTime item . Make sure, therefore, that the lever next to the word FaceTime is set to ON . If you want to know more about FaceTime activation, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to the topic.

After starting the FaceTime app , press the + icon at the top right and use the appropriate text box (the A field ) to type the name of the contact you want to call. You can also press the + icon to access the contact list.

After finding and selecting the contact name, press the Audio button at the bottom to start the phone call.

Other apps for SIM-free phone calls

Discord for calling

In addition to the apps I told you about in the previous chapters , there are others that can allow you to make calls over the Internet and without using a SIM. Also in this case, for some of the services that I will indicate to you, it may be necessary to register a free account using your phone number.

  • Skype ( Android / iOS ): is the famous Microsoft messaging service for chatting, calling and video calling. In addition to VOIP calls with your contacts, you can also make paid calls to geographic numbers. If you want to know more about this topic, I suggest you read my guide on how to make Skype calls from your mobile.
  • Telegram ( Android / iOS ): is a widely used free messaging app, which turns out to be a valid alternative to WhatsApp . Through Telegram, you can start private conversations via chat, phone calls and much more. I told you about it in detail in my guide on how Telegram works.
  • Discord ( Android / iOS ): it is a service that is little known to non-professionals in the sector: it is mainly designed to offer a space for interaction between gamers. To use its app, a free account is required (with email and password), through which you can initiate private calls with other users who use this service.