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Stay Connected with WhatsApp

Stay Connected with WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a free messenger app that is available for all smartphones as well as desktop computers.  It uses either your phone’s internet connection or WiFi to send messages, images, audio or video.  This app is very similar to text messaging but, because it uses the internet to send messages, it doesn’t eat into your texting or voice minutes on your cell plan.

With this app you do not have to create an account. This makes it simple because there’s not another username and password that you have to remember and it integrates with your phone’s contact list.  This also means that you’ll never have to worry about a missed call or message because you’re always logged in.  And WhatsApp will save your recent messages if you’re offline until the next time you use the app.

I really loved this app last summer when my daughter quit her job and went on a 6-week backpacking trip through Europe…ALONE last summer.  We were able to create a group chat with family and close friends.  It was nice to be able to hear her stories about all of the amazing things she was seeing without having to wait until she got home.  She was able to share photos with us as well.  The group chat capability allowed her to be able to connect with all of us at the same time rather than sending individual messages.

The thing I really loved about the app is that you can also make voice calls just like a regular phone does and we could do video calls just like you would on FaceTime or Skype.  With voice calls, you can talk to your friends and family for free, even in other countries.  (Data charges may apply but you don’t have to worry about your cell plan’s voice minutes).  If you’ve ever looked into the cost of an international calling plan, you would understand why that made me so happy.  They’re not cheap, that’s for sure!  While we loved being able to message back and forth throughout the day, there’s nothing better for a mama that to hear her kiddo’s voice and see their face.

We got to experience the same benefits when my son went on a mission trip to Ghana, Africa last summer.  It was so special to be able to see what he was up to while he was there.  Our contact with him was less since WiFi availability was sometimes limited where he was.

Now granted, while we don’t necessarily travel out of the country that often, it’s a great alternative if you don’t have unlimited voice or texting minutes.  Running low on minutes??  Use WhatsApp.

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