Are you looking for an app that would allow you to make international calls free of charge? Do you want to hold video conferences without breaking your bank? Would you like to send your latest picture to all your friends for free? Then check out the communication apps that are up to the challenge – these are our picks for 2013… well, for now!

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  1. Skype

While not the BEST communication app you can download for your Android device, Skype surely comes in handy for users who need to make regular long distance calls. Wildly popular and employed by millions of users worldwide, this app allows you to send IMs as well as make video and voice calls to any device free of charge. And, thanks to its brand new revamped interface, now you can also send video messages to offline contacts.

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  1. Google Voice

Similar to Skype, Google Voice allows you to make long distance calls and send an unlimited number of messages to friends and relatives. However, while the messages are free of charge, when placing local or international calls you will be spending the minutes from your network carrier’s plan. Nonetheless, Google Voice is one of the top choices for companies, especially since it includes so many business related features, like conference calling, group messaging, call recording, offline voicemail and voicemail transcripts.

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  1. TextSecure

Another communication app highly appraised among companies is TextSecure. The highlight of the app consists of the possibility of creating a passcode for your SMS/MMS, which are safely stored into an encrypted database. Even though the app has some limitations, overall it is a viable option for anyone who wants to make sure the messages are being accessed and seen only by the recipient.

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  1. WhatsApp

Supporting all known mobile platforms, WhatsApp is definitely the communication app with the largest user database. At first glance, the app looks like a standard text-messaging service with a better-looking interface and a few more customization options. However, don’t let that fool you, as WhatsApp includes several amazing features, such as group messaging with editable titles and the ability to block redundant notifications.

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  1. Viber

From the possibility to enter a chat group of over 40 users to no-push notifications and OS integrations, Viber seems especially designed to improve communication via mobile devices. Even though you’ll need to connect to a Wi-Fi network in order to make free calls or send free messages to your friends and relatives, let’s not forget that hotspots are virtually everywhere today. Boasting a 5 stars rating on Google Play and enjoyed by millions of users, Viber is a well-designed, smoothly functioning app that will save you a lot of cash in the long run.

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  1. Lango Messaging

In the event that you want to add some depth and personality to your messages, then Lango is the right app for the job. Incorporating over 200 unique icons and wallpapers, Lango is a smart app that interprets the essence of your text and allows you to introduce icons and images that are relevant to your message. All in all, Lango is a great app to have for anyone who grew tired of the old texting ways.

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  1. Hike

Initially designed as a free communication app between friends and colleagues who enjoy the outdoors, Hike transformed into a full messaging service rather recently. The trump card of the app is the Hike Offline option, a feature that allows you to send texts to your friends even when their phones are offline.

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  1. ChatON

For owners of Samsung devices, the ChatON app needs no further presentation. Not only is this app the best social communication service for Samsung users, but it is also one of the few apps that allows you to access content like animated messages and MS Office files.

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  1. Handcent SMS

Among the most popular messaging app on the Android Market, Handcent is a full SMS and MMS service with unmatched features, such as the integrated spellchecking (which supports 20 languages) and numerous messaging composition tools. A noteworthy option of this app is the Group messaging option that extends the standard 100 messages/hour of your Android device to over 1,000 messages.

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  1. Nimbuzz Messenger

With over 150 million registered users across various platforms, Nimbuzz is another excellent communication app to consider. From free push notifications, chatrooms and chat buddies to SIP VoIP accounts to offline messages and free HD voice calls, Nimbuzz has it all and it won’t disappoint you!

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