One of the most wonderful things about all of this new technology is the ability to keep in touch so easily with friends and loved ones no matter where in the world they are. Although Skype has made visual chatting a commonplace event, sometimes you just want to share a “hi” or chat on-the-go with texts.
I’ve recently learned of an amazing FREE service that allows you to text anywhere in the world. (On wifi, this is 100% free. On 3G, your usual data charges apply, but I understand that it uses a very small amount of data)
Did I mention … FREE?
And …. that you can also send PHOTOS?
Although it was new to me, it is extremely popular in much of the world. KaKaoTalk has over 130 MILLION users, sending and receiving 3 BILLION messages a day.
When my son and daughter-in-law headed off for their most recent stay in Singapore, they alerted me to this app, KakaoTalk Messenger. They are frequent travelers, with friends and family all over the world, and so they use this service often. It was totally new to me, though, and I approached it with my usual caution.
How could this be? How can you chat with someone anywhere in the world, for free? Last year I traveled to England, Russia and several other places and before I left, I spent a great deal of time, effort and $$$ trying to figure out exactly what I had to BUY to set up my iPhone account to message back to the US. If I had only known then, what I know now…….. 😯
This app is even more robust that what I use it for. Apparently you can also use it for voice calls and group chatting. In my case, I’ve only used it for text and photos, and so I can only speak for that … but it is awesome.
Texting to my kids, halfway around the world, is instant. It’s downright magical. Nothing makes me happier than to see them enjoying themselves and getting to “share” the moment of a particularly delightful new food experience or discovery with some text and a photo.
KakaoTalk is also available for Android devices.
In order to text with a person using KakaoTalk, they must have it, too. Both sender and receiver must be using this app.
It was simple to install. If you want to send photos, you must give it access to your photos.
I have not explored the other features of this app, but what I am using is just wonderful.
(Note to blogging friends around the world:
If you get this app, text me! Just let me know your KakaoTalk ID through the “contact me” place on my blog, and we’ll be in touch. 🙂 )