Staying in touch with people in the same country is hard enough. When you’re trying to stay in touch with people who live abroad, though, it can feel almost impossible. Luckily, we live in a world with advanced technology, where you can talk to anyone on the planet for free. When a friend or relative moves away, some people make the mistake of buying foreign call credit. Whilst the credit allows you to call people in another country, you don’t need it if you have the internet. There are many free ways to contact people in different countries, and so you should not bother to buy call credit. Here are some of the best apps you can use to talk to people abroad.

Facebook

Facebook is an obvious way to stay in touch with people abroad. You can share photos with people and message them online via Facebook. Despite the fact that Facebook is declining in popularity, many people still use the social network. That means that you can connect with people who are in other countries with ease. Download the Facebook Messenger app and you can receive Facebook messages to your smartphone. That means that receiving a message from someone the other side of the world is as easy as getting a text message. Facebook does have a video system, but they use Skype to power it, and so you’re better off just using Skype.

Skype

Skype is by far the best way to stay in touch with people when they are abroad. Again, there is no need to buy call credits on Skype or even sign up to a premium package. With your basic Skype login, you can call any other Skype member. That means that you can make free video and audio calls to people in different countries. You can download the Skype app to your laptop or your smartphone so that you can call people on the go. You will need to connect to WiFi when you use Skype.

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FaceTime

If you happen to have an iPhone, iPad or MacBook, you can use FaceTime to talk to people abroad. The main drawback of FaceTime is that you can only talk to people who also have an Apple device. The app comes as standard on all new Apple devices. That means that if your friend or relative does not have an iPhone or something similar, you can’t call them. Check with the person you want to call and see whether you can use FaceTime to talk to them.

Viber

Viber allows you to make free calls and send free text to anyone else with the app. The app connects to WiFi and uses the internet to send messages and allow voice calls. The app is not as good as Skype but is worth using to make the odd phone call to your friend or family member. The app is free to download and works with any smartphone or tablet.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that you can download on your smartphone. If you don’t have this app already, you should download it right away. Again, the app is free to download, and you can use it to send messages to other people with the app. You can also send video, audio and photo messages using this app for no extra charge. The app is great if you want to share a lot of media with your friend or family member.

WeChat

WeChat is one of the newest communication apps. The app allows you to make video and audio calls, as well as offering a great messaging service. The app is a little different to the other apps in this list. It allows you to connect your chat app to your Facebook and Twitter account. It also has a function that allows you to talk to strangers. In short, the app is like Tindr, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook combined. Will it work? You decide.