“Free” is a good word. Free is good in this economy. Free is especially good when it applies to long distance phonecalls whether it’s your iPhone or your Android. If you’re traveling to the Olympics this month, or anywhere around this world, you need the new “secret sauce” for smartphones.
If you have been like me, I could never work out my relationship with my iphone when I traveled abroad. I would spend a lot of time with SIM cards and alternative phones and with at&t, and in the end I would still wind up with an exorbitant bill! We are talking hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars.
You can get these free apps through the Apple’s App store (actually, Whatsapp costs less than a buck), and install them on your Android, iphone, or Blackberry (I don;t want to leave any devices out!) You must make sure that the people who you most commonly call also have Viber and Whatsapp as well otherwise , you won’t be able to have these cool free services.
I knew I had hit the mother lode on cool because when I installed the apps (I laughingly say that, they install themselves), I could find on the contact list for both Viber and Whatsapp, all my techie-advanced friends who had already signed up. Interestingly enough, most of these techies who are dialing long distance for free, do a lot of traveling, have dual citizenship, speak multi-languages, and are pretty up on traveling light and free.
The downside is that you do need, internationally to be near some kind of wi-fi or broadband signal for it to work. Of course, there is a millisecond lag time in Viber because the signal is traveling a great distance, but, you quickly get into the staccato of the rhythm of conversation. It is amazingly good voice quality.
There is of course, Skype, which is great, but if you want other choices for free long distance for your smart phone, whether iphone or Android or Blackberry then Viber is definitely an arrow to put into your quiver. If you’ve got teenagers who you need to stay in touch with, then WhatsApp is a great free tool for you, as well as them to keep their monthly texting allotment down with the standard carriers.
BTW, you can use this free service here in the states as well.
Anyways, safe and free travels around this world!