Phone apps

By sofs
@sofssu (15336)
October 12, 2015 1:24am CST
Phone apps that allow people to chat online for free is getting very popular in Asia. What's app one such app has become popular with students, professionals, friends, religious groups and family groups as well. Recently my niece started a family group as she and a few other nephews and nieces of mine live in a different countries. This group has been constantly active 24/7 for three months. Initially I did not get really involved in this..I expected the activity would come down after the initial flurry.. but it seems three months down the line it is still growing stronger by the day. Its been so much fun and some of us cousins who have never spoken to each other in years have been talking regularly. I am glad that technology is being put to such good use and connecting people.. Do you use any similar apps to be in touch with family or religious groups?
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@LadyDuck (183475)
• Switzerland
12 Oct 15
NO, I do not even use a smart phone, I call my family to talk with them and we meet in person. For distant family, we are in touch via Facebook and the computer.
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@sofssu (15336)
12 Oct 15
@LadyDuck I am not a fan of facebook. Its got too many hassles. This has been very easy to handle.. we don't talk all the time.. but just listen in at times.. shut it out at times and have fun at others. I never thought I would enjoy it..but here I am having fun.
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@LadyDuck (183475)
• Switzerland
12 Oct 15
@sofssu I have no problem with Facebook because I only allow my friends to post on my wall and I limited my friend only to a few family members.
@gudheart (12741)
12 Oct 15
@sofssu I am not a fan of facebook either anymore.
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@SIMPLYD (85077)
• Philippines
12 Oct 15
I haven't join the chat group of my cousins . I am not very close with most of them , only a few . I find such as not worth my time to chat .
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@sofssu (15336)
12 Oct 15
@SIMPLYD I wasn't close to many of mine either, but we are more like friends than like cousins.. and the sharing is bringing us a lot closer.
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@SIMPLYD (85077)
• Philippines
12 Oct 15
@sofssu That's nice , because i also feel the same way with some of my closes cousins too . I already have my closest cousins and friends at FB . When we have to say something private we just message each other. The price of technology ha ?
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@sofssu (15336)
12 Oct 15
@SIMPLYD I like this app only because they are closed groups and you could have sub groups too.. FB was too much of a public thingy as far as I was concerned.
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@skysnap (18054)
12 Oct 15
I use less apps. I try to use only those apps which increase productivity. I occasionally download games but they waste a lot of my time so instead use apps only. I use whatsapp to get in touch with family and friends. I am not a facebook guy anymore.
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@sofssu (15336)
12 Oct 15
@skysnap Whatsapp has been used productively by many business groups. I am no fan of social networking sites, and I am not too app friendly either.. but honestly I am having fun.. with the larger family.
@skysnap (18054)
12 Oct 15
@sofssu Yes whats app can be really money saver on phone and the sms. it is also good on many other small things too.
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@sofssu (15336)
12 Oct 15
@skysnap Oh yes.. we couldn't have afforded so many calls to England, Australia and Malaysia .. it would have cost us a bomb.. So its only a few times a year,, now we can talk everyday..
• United States
12 Oct 15
i'm glad y'all're finally able to visit with each other 's well, what a blessin'! i fear i'm app illiterate 'n i've a dumb phone anyhow. can't see gettin' a smart'un fer the cost 'f such (they're very spendy here in the u.s.) 'n i've nobody to visit with anyhow outta the country.
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@sofssu (15336)
13 Oct 15
@crazyhorseladycx I am really happy to be able to talk with my nephews and nieces.. these were all restricted to family gatherings or Christmas. The smart phones are really not expensive these days and its there is nothing much to downloading and using an app.
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• United States
13 Oct 15
@sofssu smart phones in these parts start 't 'bout $350 u.s.d. 'n go up to 'bout $800. way outta my comfort zone fer a dang phone 'less it can wash the trucks 'n clean horse corrals, lol. the daughter put skype 'n the puter when she was home in july. dunno why coz she's always too busy 'n i ne'er get to visit with the grands'n such :(
• United States
13 Oct 15
@sofssu smart phones in these parts start 't 'bout $350 u.s.d. 'n go up to 'bout $800. way outta my comfort zone fer a dang phone 'less it can wash the trucks 'n clean horse corrals, lol. the daughter put skype 'n the puter when she was home in july. dunno why coz she's always too busy 'n i ne'er get to visit with the grands'n such :(
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@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Oct 15
I can't afford the new technology.
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@sofssu (15336)
13 Oct 15
Whatsapp is a free app. If you have a smart phone its doesn't cost much to download and use it. It could be a problem if you don;t have a smart phone.,
@sallypup (29427)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Oct 15
@sofssu Smart phones cost too much for me.
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@sofssu (15336)
13 Oct 15
@sallypup I understand , I am not too gadget crazy either.
@cahaya1983 (10037)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 15
I use WhatsApp and sometimes Viber. I find them very convenient. I have a group with my extended family too, and it's nice to be able to keep in touch with them through WhatsApp because we live far away from one another.
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@sofssu (15336)
12 Oct 15
@cahaya1983 I am more fond of what's app than viber.. for some reason. Its really amazing that the distance between continents can be shortened by a tap of the key on your phone. I enjoying getting to know my cousins better and getting closer to the larger family. I am g;lad you enjoy it too. How often do you communicate with your extended family?
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@cahaya1983 (10037)
• Malaysia
13 Oct 15
@sofssu Since WhatsApp, very often. Our group is very active and we share news and jokes there almost every day.
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@sofssu (15336)
13 Oct 15
@cahaya1983 Excellent.. what a nice way of being in touch with the larger family.
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@Freelanzer (9497)
• Canada
12 Oct 15
I just use skype to talk to my son who is away at University
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@sofssu (15336)
13 Oct 15
@Freelanzer I like skype when I have to make overseas calls. Within the country I use whatsapp. It does save a lot of money when you have to speak to your children everyday.
@sueznewz2 (10160)
• Alicante, Spain
12 Oct 15
Yes it's great to be able to keep in touch that way.... I use whats app and 'line' and skype and even facebook... they're all good in their own way....
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@sofssu (15336)
13 Oct 15
@sueznewz2 I love to skye often, whatsapp everyday.. FB not for me.. I am happy you put all to good use.
@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Oct 15
No, but I use Facebook messenger to send texts to my kids. But we don't really spend time talking.
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@sofssu (15336)
13 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Hmm I never use FB messenger.. I used to find so many people saying hi and wanting to talk to me.. I will have to spend the whole day at it. Glad you can text your kids this way.
@gudheart (12741)
12 Oct 15
I use Whatsapp and Viber but mostly Whatsapp :D
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@sofssu (15336)
12 Oct 15
@gudheart The free calls on whatsapp are pretty decent too across continents. I am enjoying these free calls a lot.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
12 Oct 15
We use Skype to talk with loved ones abroad. I really am thankful to technology for we now could have online bonding at least as often as we want.
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@sofssu (15336)
12 Oct 15
@salonga I skype too. But with skype you need to sit at a place at a time.. here you are connected on the go.
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@joygracia (1328)
• Philippines
12 Oct 15
Honestly, I'm still addicted to plants vs zombies 2 game up.. I don't know i just seem to enjoy the game..
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@sofssu (15336)
12 Oct 15
@joygracia I am not a huge gaming person. I have played a game or two but that has found me totally unproductive. I have deleted all games from my phone.. That also means now I don't have my sons wanting my phone anymore.