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    Skype for iPhone

    by Skype Communications S.a.r.l

    OK, first lets get the meat and potatoes out of the way. Skype will be your main calling app. You will use this to make and receive phone calls and even instant messages. The downside right out of the gate is that you can't make calls to cell phones without credits or a yearly subscription. Credits cost money. I'd recommend spending the fifty dollars a year for your own Skype number and unlimited United States calling. You can even link that Skype number to Google Voice for added flexibility. Your only other option is to persuade all your friends to buy a phone that has a Skype app... Moving on, this app supports multi-tasking so it can run in the background and make sure you never miss a call. You even have the option to set a "Do Not Disturb" mode so you can get off the grid for movie theaters, meetings or that ever elusive 8 hours of sleep. Even though it can't call cell phones for free, I do recommend this to be your primary app.

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    iCall - VoIP for Teams, Family, and Friends

    by iCall, Inc.

    iCall is unique because you don't need both parties to have the app for it to be free. It acts much like Skype except all calls are limited to 5 minutes and there is no multi-tasking. I recommend you have both of these apps on hand, because each app excels at separate things depending on what you need, but that may get confusing.

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    Textfree Unlimited

    by Pinger, Inc.

    TextFree will give you your own number to be reached at primarily for texting, but they hint at being able to make calls soon. Whether or not that is true, this is the best app in the app store to text with as you get a real number with your real area code, not some random email address. There is no ability to send pictures so I decided to add the newly updated TextNow below, which does have that ability.

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    TextNow Classic - Free Text + Calls : Free Texting Picture Messaging and Phone Calling

    by Enflick, Inc.

    TextNow has also recently given you the option to create your own number for texting. Although the area codes are limited out of the gate, I do believe that they will expand this. The reason I put this here for you to put up against TextFree is because this app will send pictures. Note that it does so via your textnow email address, so your recipient should know this. This app boasts a lot of customization in themes and ringtones for each individual and it is definitely the shinier texting program. Give them both a try and pick your favorite.

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    GV Connect - Call & SMS for Google Voice

    by Andreas Amann

    GV Connect was the first app to make its way back onto the store after Apple revised their position on Google Voice. Google Voice allows you to have a single phone number which you can then link to a landline, a prepaid cell phone, Skype, and numerous other phones. The single number idea frees you of any notion that you need to worry about what phone you use. The combination of Google Voice and Skype is absolutely killer. Here is what this app allows you to do: text for free (in the most elegant way I've seen on an iPod), listen to and read your voicemails, look at your calling history, make calls on one of your linked phones. You can also access various settings that Google Voice users are familiar with from the website. There are many other features of this app. Right now this is my favorite way to access Google Voice on my iPod touch.

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    GV Mobile + for Google Voice

    by SK Dev Solutions, LLC

    GV Mobile+ is the other option for Google Voice users on the iPod touch. It offers similar functionality to GV Connect. The roadmap for this application is more ambitious with features being worked on such as in app VOIP calling. One great feature that is currently not in GV Connect is the ability to have favorites just like you would on the iPhone. The favorites feature is the biggest advantage for GV Mobile+ right now. For Google users that want to use the multiple sign in feature you will need to wait for the next update to this application to avoid the "Magic Key" bug. GV Connect and GV Mobile+ are both great applications and it is simply a matter of preference. Right now I prefer GV Connect but that will probably change as future updates are released for GV Mobile+.

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    FaceNow - FaceTime, Messages, E-Mail, and Phone Favorites List

    by Kemsley Group Limited

    FaceNow is an app that is not needed on the iPod touch, but may help out your iPhone 4 friends trying to call you over FaceTime. This app makes it dead simple for iPhone 4 users to call iPod touch users over FaceTime. The features of this app are very similar to those found in the FaceTime app for the iPod touch. It is a free application to create a favorites list of FaceTime users by email address or phone number. FaceTime is a great way to turn your iPod touch into a phone for free. As long as you want to stay in touch with other FaceTime capable friends you can make video or audio calls for free. To make an audio call you can simply hit the home button after a call is made and it will simply show the other person a black screen. In time Apple may even give you the option of audio or video calling. FaceTime is in its very beginning and it could be very huge and have a big impact on how people communicate in the near future.