Shortly after WeChat released its standalone VoIP app, another Chinese internet giant – this time Qihoo 360 – targeted this sector and launched a free voice call app. 360 Free Call (our translation) was released today, and was developed by the team which runs Qihoo’s 360 Phonebook.

To enjoy free voice calls, most Chinese VoIP services require both parties to download the app and stay online. The app differentiates itself in only requiring the calling party to be online and have installed the app, which means calls are free even if the call recipients are offline or don’t have the app.

Best known for its keyboard app, TouchPal released a free voice call feature for its lifestyle app in October. Like 360 Free Call, the app also frees call recipients from internet connection and app download restrictions. Upon the release of its iOS version this week, TouchPal announced its Android app’s user demographics after two months of availability. Some 82% of the users are male, while 73% are aged between 19 to 39.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.