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Sponsored App Review: CFC Free Phone Calls and SMS

December 16, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Just as the title suggests, CFC is an Android app that wants to help users reduce their monthly phone bills by giving them a way to make and take phone calls for free. Users can also send and receive text messages using CFC, too. While you’re given what’s called “bonuses” to send messages and make calls, that act like tokens, there’s a good chance you’ll need to purchase more. However, this could still keep your phone bill down at the end of the month. CFC aims to be a helpful solution to keep those bills down for those locked into pricey phone plans. Read on to find out how it can help you reduce your bills.

How it Works: As with most Android apps, you’ll need to download CFC from the Play Store. Once you have done, you’ll need to sign up with just your email and a password of your choice.

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With you 30 bonuses awarded to your account, you can go ahead and dial a number and call someone for free. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re calling someone at home or overseas, the call is free.

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You can also select from any of the contacts stored in your phone, itself a nice touch.

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As well as the free text and calls, you can also purchase a new number in a few different countries as well.

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Getting bonuses is what keeps your free credits going, and how you do that is by choosing one of the many offer sites that CFC have partnered with.

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Earning bonuses could be as easy as having to watch a video or perhaps you could install a game of sorts to earn some more free credits.

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With the ability to have group message chats with a number of your friends and family, both online and offline, CFC might be a good option for keen texters.

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Opinion: I’m somewhat lucky in that I don’t have to mess around with this sort of thing, because I have an excellent plan on my phone. Having said that, CFC can also help me contact friends and family overseas without having to swallow the painful roaming charges from my network. Still, the app is obviously geared up to try and make a little money out of users, which is fine with me considering the charges are still less than they would be otherwise. What I didn’t like however, was the user interface. It’s really quite hard to read numbers, messages and that sort of thing and while being able to change the color of the glass is great and all, a flat, more Material Design to the app would work a lot better in my opinion.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – No complaints with the speed of CFC here, it ran just fine on my Xperia Z2.
  • Features (4/5) – While it is fairly clunky to get up and running, you can indeed send messages and make calls for free with CFC. Add that to the ability of purchasing a number in a different country and the features on offer sound quite appealing.
  • Theme (3/5) – The glass theme looks pretty on paper, but in use it can be hard to see the letters of text and efficiently read the call log and such. At least you can customize it for free in the settings though.
  • Overall (3.5/5) – A decent free calling option that’s held back by a clunky interface that’s difficult to use at times, CFC is an okay option for those looking for such an app.

Pros

  • Free calls and messages are available right from when you sign up, with the pricing for more credit fairly reasonable – especially when calling overseas.
  • You can purchase a phone number in another country entirely, which is a really nice touch for travelers and people with family overseas.
  • Lots of background choices available for free in the settings page.
  • All you need to sign up is an email and a password, it’s easy to get started.

Cons

  • I like the ability to change themes, but overall the glass look is a hard-to-read choice.
  • Those that dislike ads in general won’t take kindly to the need to watch ads to gain free credits, but then again free is free.

Conclusion: With the ability to save money on your bills, not only at home but also if you’re making calls overseas and texting people in other countries there’s some value to be had here. While the UI does need some work, the team is said to be hard at work for a new design. All-in-all though, we can’t argue with free texts and calls, which CFC does offer.

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