The holidays are coming with Thanksgiving next weekend and Christmas in 5 weeks, and now is the time when families from all over the country and the world will start making holiday plans to meet loved ones.
No doubt that this year the popular gifts will be the latest smartphone, so compliment your new shiny device with a messaging app that lets you connect with friends and family for free.
Here is a selection of our favorite mobile messaging apps to connect you this festive season.
Although WhatsApp is still missing a calling option, its chat features are great and super easy to use. Send photos (of your new presents), share your location (when stuck in traffic and running late) and even backup your messages. A great instant messaging app for the holidays for all the family.
Viber has been around for a while and was one of the leading mobile VoIP apps. Since then they have developed apps for a range of devices to rival Skype as an all round communications service. Viber focuses on providing free calls, text and picture sharing with anyone across the world as well as mobile calling with 3G or Wi-Fi. Make app to app calls for free just using your smartphone data plan.
This is a good choice to help connect all of your friends and family across all their devices on one service.
WeChat has seen a rapid growth in its user base especially in Asia. Earlier this yeah they reported 438 million users, all taking advantage of free voice and video calls as well as group chat. WeChat is currently only available on iOS and Android but a very popular app with some fantastic traction.
Rebtel offers cheap international calling from their app and lets users call across the world for a super low rate. This is great if you can’t be with your family over the holiday period. They also feature SMS and instant messaging to be an all round communication app.
Rebtel is perfect if you need to connect with family across the world for a fraction of the price.
Line is also another major app in Asia and offers free app calling and low cost international calls with Line Premium Call. For a very low cost, you can call all across the world straight from your smartphone. Line has similar features to WeChat with messaging as well as photos, video and stickers for a more emotive messaging experience.
This is a good app for iPhone and Android users looking for a large social app with international calling.
Despite their rocky start forcing Facebook users to download their messaging app, Facebook Messenger has seen some rapid growth with a well-designed app that lets you connect with all of your Facebook contacts. This also includes voice calling over 3G and Wi-Fi and there are talks of a future payments option, although this has not been announced yet.
This is a great app for the holidays since you already have the contacts ready to connect with a seamless Facebook experience.
These are just a few of the great apps available to download now and connect with your friends and family over the holiday season. Maybe start and account and add some credit for an easy Christmas present?
What are your favorite mobile messaging apps? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
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