When it’s time to contact a friend, whether it be to tell them good news, to arrange a meeting place or to request their help in an emergency, it used to be all you could do to find the nearest payphone; nowadays you simply reach into your pocket and pull out your cellular device.
Increasingly however, many users are circumventing the traditional methods of texting and calling in favor of digital services where they can chat to others over the mobile Internet. There are a variety of different services available and all have their pros and cons.
Many established online chat programs from the pre-smartphone era have slimmed down counterparts available for your handheld device. Skype was the most obvious conversion to a wireless platform, allowing mobile users to call from their phone without using minutes from their network tariff (provided they are using a Wi-Fi connection) and to make video calls anywhere in the world using the camera on their device. Facebook, Google+ and other noted social networks have developed stand-alone apps so mobile users can take advantage of their existing chat facilities without accessing other features which may get in the way of a streamlined mobile chat experience.
Chatting is easier now than ever before due to the constant improvement of mobile technology. Modern cell phones have advanced operating systems in which all of the applications can work together to enrich the user experience. Links, videos, photos and more can be shared instantly via a plethora of chat apps in order to reach friends all over the world. So if you’ve got some good news, a problem to be solved, a song recommendation or you just want to pass the time with some idle chit chat, you can do so on your cell phone right now.