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All you need to know about free mobile call app Nanu

Published on Aug 5, 2014 2:35 PM

Would you bother to listen to an advertisement while waiting for your call to get through?

Local start-up Gentay Communications is betting that its ad-supported model, adopted by almost every other game and music streaming service, will also work for Internet calls. Available for Android smartphones, the locally made Nanu app provides free unlimited mobile calls using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Here's what it can and cannot do. 

Spotify for phone calls

The service requires the use of either a data plan or Wi-Fi, and uses your existing phone number to establish a connection. Calls between Nanu users are free, but instead of a dialling ringtone, an audio advertisement will be played while you wait for the other side to pick up the call. A banner advertisement also appears when making a call using Nanu, but you do not have to click on it.

To promote the app, Nanu is currently giving away 15 minutes of free calls to any landline for the first one million users. This is valid for 73 global destinations, including Singapore, China and the United States. These 15 minutes can also be used to call non-Nanu mobile phones for free in nine countries, including Singapore, India and Thailand. The full list of countries can be found here.

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