By Alexander Vassiliadis
British School

Stay connected with your friends wherever you go—we’ve got some helpful apps that can help you keep in touch with ease that can be used on your smartphone or even your iPad.

WhatsApp Messenger
For: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry
Cost: $0.99
Send and receive regular text and picture messages, videos and audio notes with anyone else who has the app. Share your location on a map and send contacts to others without the pain of having to type in a number. Bonus: The app also works over WiFi.
It’s like: TextNow – Unlimited Free Texting, only it doesn’t have any ads and it integrates all your contacts into the app.

Viber – Free Phone Calls + Text
For: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Cost: Free
Viber lets you make free phone calls and send free text messages to anyone who also has the app downloaded. You can make calls and easily connect with anyone located anywhere in the world for free! If you have friends or family abroad, it may prove to be extremely useful. It integrates your contact list so you can see which friends have the app!
It’s like: Skype, only it doesn’t include video chatting or real-time chatting options.

ooVoo Video Chat
For: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Cost: Free
The ooVoo Video Chat is the ultimate video chat app featuring free six-way chatting and simultaneous instant messaging. Quickly connect with your friends on the go whether you just want to show off your new haircut or have a quick study session with a classmate. Make free voice and video calls to anyone who has the app on their phone or their computer. Start chatting face-to-face!
It’s like: Skype, only it allows for free multi-contact video chatting, whereas an app such as Skype requires users to purchase additional credits for such a feature.

For:  iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Cost: Free
Literally push a button and instantly talk to one or more friends at a time! Something like a walkie-talkie, TiKL allows for instant conversation across any carrier without any setup needed. Download the app, select a contact which has TiKL installed and talk! It’s that simple!
It’s like: Voxer Walkie-Talkie, only is limited to a more personal experience. The user only communicates with people they know and are on their contact lists.

For: IPhone, IPod, IPad, Android, Blackberry
Cost: Free
Bringing the creative world of Tumblr to your fingertips, this app is ideal for the avid Tumbler. It allows the user to do everything that they can do on the actual website interface only on their portable device! You can share photos, videos, audio posts, save drafts, queue posts, and much more. It’s a fast and effective way for a creative blogger to keep up with their blog!
It’s like: Blogger, only it has a more user-friendly interface and is for the Tumblr platform only, no other blogging website.

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