The latest update of the LINE chat app has added a system in which users will be able to make use of free voice calls inside their own countries and abroad. This “LINE Call” system works inside a number of countries – Columbia, The Philippines, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Peru, and the United States, and will be available to users who have registered their mobile phone number with the service. Which calls are free and which are available for “cheap domestic and international calls” is not yet entirely clear.
While one piece of the LINE puzzle today suggests that all calls are free, another says something different. LINE’s newest update for Android includes the following text, on one hand:
“All LINE users in the supported regions who have registered their mobile phone number can make cheap domestic and international calls to landlines and mobile phones.” – LINE
On the other hand, the app’s larger description includes several instances of the word “free” and “unlimited” besides. This app also includes Video Calls, mind you, utilizing the front-facing camera on your Android or iOS device, while Voice Calls and Video Calls are suggested to be free. The text in the “Description” portion of the Google Play listing for LINE on Android includes the following:
“Free Voice Calls and Video Calls!
・If you have LINE on your iPhone, you can enjoy free, high quality voice calls and video calls whenever and wherever you are. Talk for as much as you like and best of all, it’s free!
・Free for international calls as well.” – LINE
This app also includes massive amounts of chat features – images, video, “stickers”, and the lot. If you’re the cautious type, we’d suggest skipping the phone call part of LINE until they clarify if the system truly is entirely free or if the following could potentially weigh in on your “free” phone calls: “*As with any other apps, data transfer fees may be incurred. We recommend using these services on an unlimited mobile price plan.”