I'm using MagicJack to keep in contact with some of my family back home in the states. With MagicJack, you can call any US or Canadian number for free, no matter where you are, as long as you have access to WiFi. It's been a huge convenience, as international plans are expensive and, depending on what country I'm in at the moment, can be unreliable as well.
I love the fact that MagicJack is free. Being abroad, a lot of things look very helpful but have hidden costs, but other than the drain on your phone's battery, there's no real drawback to using MagicJack. I have to mention that I have an iPhone 4s and it works wonderfully on my phone, but my boyfriend has an android phone and when he tried to call his parents, they couldn't hear anything he was saying. All in all, completely worth it to download it to your phone before going abroad, just in case.
Ericka H. - Semester at Sea - Spring 2014
Apps for international travel
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