These days the song, "Its a Small World After All" is really true. The world so quickly has become so connected. Talking, visiting, seeing, and receiving things from all around our planet is as easy as a click of a button. There is technology for emailing, instant messaging, texting, sending photos, and pretty much anything else that you can think of.
The best part is that this kind of technology has made it possible for people to keep in contact with loved ones easier. We know this well because with my parents living over in India and Curtis's parents living in Chile....we don't get to see our family as much as we would like, but luckily for us, we have Skype.
Skype is a free program that allows you and other Skype users to talk to each other.....for FREE! That's right... I said it... free. F-R-E-E and I mean completely free. (as you can tell I am excited about it being free) and when I say talk.. I don't mean typing, I mean talk. Skype is basically a telephone for you computer. You simply download it, have it recognize your microphone/web camera, and there you go.... one free phone/video. You now can call anywhere in the world and talk as long as you want for free. Skype has been the life saver for our family. It has helped us be able to see our parents and for our parents to not miss the changes in their grandkids.
The program isn't just for calling other skype users, you can call any number you want, which does cost money; but it is definitely cheaper to use Skype then your long distance provider. Skype is also a instant messenger too. So, if someone can't talk on the computer/phone right then, you can talk with them through instant messaging. Your program even comes with a answering machine too. If you are not available, someone can leave you a message and show you who called and what time.
Skype even offers some other amazing things. They realize that not everyone is at their computer all the time. Sooooo.... Skype has come up with a phone that is completely compatible with Skype. It is specially designed to have a screen that is exactly like the program. You can look at your phone's screen and see everyone who is online and with a push of a button call them for free from your land phone, with the help of internet. This is a nice option because then you are not tied down to your computer when you want to chat. The phone gives you some nice free agency.
So, if you have family over seas, a husband in Iraq, a sister in the next state over, or a husband that goes on business trips.... then download Skype and pass it around to your friends and family. You can see and chat with your loved ones for free and help stay connected. If you would like some more information here is a link their info website.