You can now call relatives abroad and send photos home from holiday without paying a penny. Barry Collins reveals how to stay in touch for free
Mobile phones have certainly made it easier to keep in touch with family or friends around the world, but not necessarily less expensive. Likewise, phoning home from abroad can be a very pricey business, with roaming charges and mobile-data fees landing you huge unexpected bills.
That’s all changing now, thanks to free calling and messaging apps that use Wi-Fi, rather than gobble into your mobile contract or pay-as-you-go SIM card. Using Wi-Fi on a phone or tablet is no more expensive than using it on your PC - you simply connect your device to your home broadband, or public Wi-Fi if you're travelling.