If you take a look at your phone plan, you’ll know that you are given a monthly limit on how many voice minutes, how many text messages, and how many gigabytes of data you are able to use before incurring extra charges. There’s a way around that with some handy tools these days that I’ll tell you all about in my post below.You already are using the internet to communicate with your family and friends via email and social media, so why not use it to replace (or supplement) your phone plan and save you some voice and data usage?
You already are using the internet to communicate with your family and friends via email and social media, so why not use it to replace (or supplement) your phone plan and save you some voice and data usage?
Why to Get a Call & Text App
The solution to saving yourself from going over your monthly limits with your cell provider is to use a call & text app. By using apps like these you can significantly cut down on your minutes, data, and texts used over a billing period. You can use them anytime you want, even taking precedence over standard usage of your phone, or you can just have them on hand to use when you know you are getting close to hitting your monthly maximum and you don’t want to go over.
One of the most popular apps like this is called WhatsApp. You may have heard of this one before and it’s not unlikely that you have it installed on your phone already. It’s not quite universal, but it is highly popular in some local crowds over using standard text messaging. With this app you can make phone calls, send texts, have group texts, sharing photos and videos, as well as share locations.
Another alternative, that can also be qualified as a call & text app, is Facebook Messenger. If you’re on Facebook, you’ve more than likely used this before. You can send messages to anybody on Facebook, start group chats, share photos and videos, and even make phone calls. This has become helpful for me when needing to straighten out plans with a friend, who I am connected with on Facebook, but didn’t have their phone number. Simply open up a message with them and click on the “Call” button and it’ll make a phone call for you. Rather than trading messages back and forth, we were able to firm up a meeting time and place much quicker this way.
Skype is another example of a service you can use for this. This is more used in a professional setting – my co-workers and I, who are all spread out and work remotely, use this primarily for communicating with each other. We have individual conversations as well as one group conversation for all of us. It makes communicating instantaneous, as opposed to trading emails, and can get everybody on a call or conversation much quicker.
There are many more, but that is all time allows for today. I’ll come back and edit this post with more when I have the opportunity, but you get the idea on where to go if you want ways to communicate without using up your phone plans allotted minutes or data.