I have family overseas and I need to constantly communicate with them via text and calls . Straight talk $60 plan is not affordable to me since I lost my job. If anyone knows about a good app to make international calls and text , please let me know. Your responses will be appreciated.
Nexus 5X on Google Fi
How much data does google voice app use? This is straight talk and I have to watch my data usage.
Near none. Phone calls use minutes, not data. Texts use data, but very little.
Therefore if I make a free call to canada using google voice I will not be in trouble with straight talk. In other words it is not going to show me making international calls using straight talk right? International calls are only allowed on the $60 plan on straight talk. Thanks again
Thanks a million GTwannabe.
If this is just a few family members, and not a lot of different businesses and various people that you are calling, then I'd look into Skype. If they have Skype and you do, too, then it's free. This would use data, so would be bet to use on wifi. don't know your situation, whether you're calling daily or just every once in a while. Another option if you are calling just one person is magic jack. My aunt is moving to Panama, and they have bought a magic jack number. It's a local, US number, but will ring their broadband in panama. They are moving in the next weeks, so not sure how that will work yet, but I know with Skype, I was able to talk to a friend in Iraq by video call several years ago when he was stationed there, and it was quite good. Can do that on a smartphone or computer. My wife and i also use skype instant message a lot rather than texting because that,s what they use in her school (she's a teacher) for communication within the school, and it's the easiest way to communicate with her during the day. However, one warning, if you leave Skype running on your phone all the time, it will likely drain your battery faster. So I use IMO on my phone for both Skype and googletalk instant messaging. and I open the Skype application when I need to make a call on it, and then close the app down afterward.