We would all love to see our loved ones a little more, days like the one pictured above are special, but often few and far between. With the realities of modern life meaning relatives and friends are often a long way from home, many of us rarely get a chance to catch up with our families, let alone meet up face to face.
It is however not all doom and gloom for those of us feeling a little isolated from the people we cherish most, the modern world may well have created the problem, but it has certainly conjured the solution, welcome to the wonders of free Video Calling.
What is it?
Video calling enables you to both see and hear someone regardless of their whereabouts, it doesn’t matter if it’s your granddaughter in Brighton, your son in Brisbane or your old friend in Belfast, video calling lets you enjoy every word, smile and expression from anywhere with an internet connection, at any time of day. Best of all there’s no limits on how long you can chat for, and it’s completely free to use.
You’re quite likely to be thinking ‘What’s the catch?’, well in truth there isn’t one. Nearly all modern homes have a broadband (fast) internet connection with their telephone package so it’s quite likely you do too, and if you don’t then the vast majority of coffee shops, hotels, airports and just about anywhere with other humans has free ‘Wi-Fi’ (wireless internet).
Why do I need it?
Many of us are physically separated from our closest friends and relatives, it’s easy to feel lonely and isolated when we can’t pop in for a cup of tea with the people we care about most. Picking up the telephone can be expensive if you’re calling mobile phones or abroad, and according to ‘Bloomberg business’ only 7% of the conversations we have are the actual words we say, the rest is made up of many things including facial expressions and body language.
With video calling you can enjoy all the things that make up a face to face conversation, grandchildren can show you what they drew at school today and you can go on a virtual tour of your relative’s new family home. Better still there’s no fees for calling far away countries or for every minute your talking, in fact there’s no fees at all.
How do I use it?
The best way to start with video calling is knowing and getting hold of what you’ll need to get started, luckily the list only comprises of three things.
One – An internet enabled mobile phone, better known as a smartphone, a tablet computer or a desktop computer with a webcam/microphone. But don’t worry, we’re experts on all of the above, and better yet we offer competitive prices and top class customer service to go with it.
Two – A video calling ‘app’ or application which are completely free to download and use on your smartphone; the biggest and best known is Skype. You can find it easily by typing ‘Skype’ in to the search bar on the ‘Play Store’ app, which comes pre-installed on all android phones (including ours).
Three – Finally you’ll need a broadband internet connection, as mentioned earlier it’s pretty likely you already one of these at home, and if you don’t your telephone provider can offer you one for a small monthly fee. Most public places have wireless internet including Pubs, coffee shops, hotels and even some buses. See our guide to connecting your phone to wireless internet here
Here at TechSilver we pride ourselves on the level of guidance we provide to our customers and their loved ones, if you buy a device from us we’re more than happy to get you set up with video calling, or anything else you want to do for that matter.
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