Save Money Using Technology When Overseas
We are not all “tech savvy” but I have to say, we all like to say a little money, don’t we?
When we arrived in Italy, we decided we wanted to keep our US phone numbers so we found a US service (before we left Arizona) that let us do so with a minimal monthly fee.
Now, let’s move forward to arriving in Italy. We went to TIM (our choice for Italy) and purchased a basic plan and SIM cards. With TIM, you do not get texting but we’ll discuss that later in this post. So we have an Italian phone number and able to make phone calls within Italy with no problems. Good, right?
The only issue is that all our family and friends are back in the USA. Here is where technology is saving us money.
Most people have heard of Skype and it is for Android users. Facetime is for Iphone’s. Both you and the other party both need to have the app (application) downloaded. For our purposes, we use Skype. We are able to call the US and speak with our children, grandchildren and friends using Skype at no charge. You can also video call so we get to keep in touch by seeing our grandchildren as they are growing so fast. There is a message capability with this program but we don’t really use Skype for that. So again, free phone calls (or video calls) when both parties are using Skype. Great!
This technology and FREE service has been a lifesaver! You can text, voice message, and send pictures! Again, both parties need to have the app downloaded but it is truly amazing. Sometimes we’ll just send a voice message wishing the grandchildren a good morning and to have a good day. When sending pictures, you can send them to more than one person using the group function. This app has telephone capabilities but it is not a free service. The cost is low compared to other international services but there is still a fee.
Both these methods of technology has kept us in touch with our loved ones while we are here in Italy. They both get 5-star rating from us!