Keeping in touch with friends and family abroad is really important – but for someone on a budget, it can be too expensive to keep in touch as much as we’d like. Making international calls on your mobile or smartphone can lead to some scary phone bills, but with new technologies like VoIP, things are changing for the better.
If you don’t know already, VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and it’s a way to make voice calls over the internet rather than via traditional phone lines and mobile networks. It’s revolutionized the way we all keep in touch, most importantly, cutting the cost of calls so we can feel free to say hi whenever we want.
Companies like Vonage are VoIP specialists who are now offering us loads of new ways to keep in contact wherever we are in the world, and without having to pay a fortune. It’s great news for young people like us who are on tight budgets, but who have loved ones overseas that we love to keep in touch with. I know there’s always email and social media, but for convenience, I love being able to just pick up my smartphone and get in touch right away.
For those of us looking to stay close to friends and family over the phone, there are great new apps like Vonage Extensions. This handy app lets you call any one of 68 countries from your smartphone for no more than the price of your standard package. All you need is a regular home broadband connection and Vonage box to get started.
Vonage also specializes in small business packages, with inclusive mobile call plans designed to help home businesses and start-ups cut the cost of their international communications.
It’s proof that people and businesses can really profit from new technology when we learn to embrace it and see what it can do. VoIP is a really exciting step forward for businesses and people too, finally allowing us to talk as much as we want without having to watch the clock all the time.
Do you have any more tips for keeping in touch with your friends and family overseas?