International communication has come a long way, but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be a whole lot better. Traditional calling services? Forget them. Some have coverage, others don’t, and calls are crazy expensive. Calling cards? What a pain. Services like Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp each have amazing qualities, but none are perfect.
Either both parties need to be members, or you still pay to call, or calling isn’t an option, or you can’t remember the country code…. Life is never as simple as picking up your phone and pressing call. I know, because after having lived abroad for years, staying in touch with family and friends and co-workers has proven immensely challenging. Fantasy film buffs might recall Krull, in which the heroes must find the Black Fortress that vanishes to a new location each sunrise. That’s what the effort to arrange a conversation often feels like.
Simple tasks turned into quests aren’t nearly as much fun as movies. Those hungry for a simpler way to communicate should know about Coco. Coco “helps users to COmmunicate and COnnect with anyone, anywhere, for FREE.”
That’s right, the Coco app lets callers make zero-cost voice calls all over the world. Better yet, users have universal numbers, which means no fussing with country codes or endless prompts. This makes calling outside the country and receiving international calls a lot easier. In addition, business travelers and digital nomads don’t need to reconfigure how they’ll communicate each time they change location. Convenient.
Coco supports direct SMS text messages and push-to-talk voice messages as well, while a visual log interjects personality back into voicemail. Careful, you might remember what your loved ones look and sound like again!
At the same time, a number of social features aim to facilitate connections. Users can group chat with existing friends or create new groups. Sharing photos, location and contact information helps to find other people or groups nearby. “Moments” work like a shorthand digital diary, keeping close contacts in the loop with daily activities.
Though just launched officially, Coco already hosts 15M users each month and processes 40M calls and 3B messages (including texts and messages shared in chat rooms). “Coco helps mobile users communicate and connect with anyone, anywhere, at no cost,” says Lei Guo, CEO of Coco. “With our distributed infrastructure and the development of higher bandwidth propagating throughout the modern world, our features make international phone calls much easier and our text messages faster than any existing global messaging system. We’re also excited to see how our global community of 15M users will use Coco to explore their neighborhood and meet similar people that they should have met ages ago.”
Free, practical, easy to use – what’s not to love?
Score your own global phone number and start talking to people everywhere (paying attention to time differences, of course) at icoco.com. Follow Coco on Twitter, download the application from either iTunes or Google Play.