15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don't cost a single cent

Lock pic

What's the point of that big beautiful Nokia Lumia screen if not to display pictures in all their pixel-perfection? Outsource lockscreen beautification to sites such as Bing and Flickr to ensure that your lockscreen never has to suffer the humiliation of your talentless photo-taking again.

While sources might be limited to four other sites and your own camera roll, there's more than enough images out there to ensure you never have to look at the same thing. Search for keywords to rotate photos through time settings of 30 minutes, every two hours or once a day. Just make sure you stay with safe words or you might be unpleasantly surprised when the picture changes. 

Download Lock Pic here

ooVoo

The video-call specialist makes sure you see your calling counterpart in HD clarity. If one-to-ones aren't quite your thing, your social butterfly side will appreciate the ability to participate in video calls with up to 12 people.

While video calling might be old hat these days, Oovoo delivers it with finesse, promising voice clarity with echo cancellation, so it won't confuse your 12-strong group chat even more. Plus, you can keep in touch with the rest of your friends via normal messages even when you're on a video call. Since the app is available across the other main platforms, as long as your friend has a phone running on iOS or Android, you'll be video-chatting in no time.

Download Oovoo here

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Life360 Family Locator

Welcome to the tech age of parenting. Keep tabs on the more wayward members of your family, and be notified when they reach a location safely so you don't even have to call to check in with them.

It's not just limited to kin, though - you can also add friends into Circles to coordinate gatherings, and make sure that perpetually late pal of yours isn't fibbing about his ETA. Should you run into a spot of trouble, all you need to do is hit the Notify My Family button and those in your circle will be informed immediately via call, text and email. Talk about covering all your bases. 

Download Life360 Family Locator here

#1 ToolKit

Every homeowner should have a toolkit, but if you haven't had the time to make a run to your local hardware store, technology is here for you.

#1 ToolKit packs 16 different tools into five app sets: Meter, Convenient, Converter, Sound, Time. Trying to hang a painting? Use the Level function to make sure it goes on straight. Thunderstorm caused a blackout? Use the Flashlight tool to get to the main switchbox. Confused by an unfamiliar unit of measurement? Use the Unit Converter function to make sure the couch you're buying will fit perfectly.

There's everything you need to solve the slightest fix-it disaster around the house, Mr DIY. But only if you have the right physical tools.

Download #1 ToolKit here

OneDrive

Formerly known as SkyDrive, this is where all the action takes place on your Windows phone. Browse and share documents and pictures from any device - regardless of OS - through this one app.

Pin folders to your homescreen to get easy access to your important files, especially given the non-expandable storage of most Nokia Lumia phones. Want to watch that LoTR trilogy? Stream it directly from OneDrive instead of hosting it on the limited resources of your phone.

Disclaimer: remember to use Wi-Fi when you're streaming. Unless you want to see a nasty bill shock from excess data charges. 

Download OneDrive here

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