Why Skype is One of The Best Apps to Use When Traveling
Traveling can be very expensive, but if you are savvy there are ways to cut costs and make the whole experience easier. One option to get you started is by not using your mobile telephone abroad. The best thing to do is to make sure your mobile phone is unlocked and then buy a local sim card in your destination country. In most countries around the world there is now internet and wifi access at internet cafes and hostels. So you could either head to an internet cafe, or take along a laptop with headphones and use Skype.
If you have a webcam on your computer you will also be able to have video conversations with your friends and family, even if you are thousands of miles away in developing places like Africa, Bolivia, Cambodia or India!
Never heard of Skype before?
Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday, people also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles.
Skype was founded in 2003. It’s based in Luxembourg, with offices in Europe, the USA and Asia. It’s owned by an investor group led by Silver Lake and which includes eBay Inc, Joltid Limited and Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz.
With its users making 6.4 billion minutes of calls to landlines and mobiles in the first half of 2010, Skype is a leading global Internet communications company. And of course, Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls are completely free. In the first half of 2010, Skype users made 88.4 billion minutes of Skype-to-Skype calls, and approximately 40% of these were video calls.
Skype’s buzzing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. At peak times, there are up to 23 million people online. What’s most important, however, is what Skype can do. Voice and video calling, IM and SMS are now available on a wide range of operating systems and mobile devices. They connect business colleagues, saving them time and money and allowing them to stay ahead of the competition. And they help keep friends and families together, wherever they are in the world.
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