Keeping in touch from Paris with help from the internet November 2017

15 November 2017

Keeping in touch from Paris with help from the internet

Keeping in touch from Paris is easy!

If you’re travelling to Paris, you may have wondered if there are easy ways to stay in touch apart from email.

I’m going to share my tips of what I use when I’m in gai Paree, and perhaps they’ll help you too.

My Favourite App

  • the Viber app – this is my go-to, hands-down favourite! Install it on your smart phone (Android, Windows and iPhone), and then install it on your computer as well (Windows and Mac).
    1. the App will search your phone and connect with anyone in your phone’s Contact list who also uses the Viber app (this is so easy!)
    2. if there are friends who haven’t installed Viber yet, contact them and ask them to install the App
    3. you’ll be able to:
      • send free texts worldwide
      • call for free worldwide with anyone else who has the Viber app (your phone and computer will show which of your Contacts also uses Viber)
      • have video calls via your smart phone and computer, with your Contacts who also use Viber
    4. it works over WIFI (pronounced “weefee” in France)
    5. if I’m at home in my apartment in Paris, I can sit at my computer and type text messages on the laptop, or call friends over the computer using my Mac’s microphone over Viber
    6. if I’m out and about and anywhere near a Wifi zone (which covers a LOT of Paris!) then I can still use Viber.

I also use this App when I am meeting Clients for one of my Adventures — it’s an easy solution, and even if you aren’t using your smartphone with “roaming” turned ON, you can still have your phone ON and have WIFI turned ON. Whenever you’re in a Wifi (pronounced “weefee“) zone, Viber will let you know have messages and the Viber phone will work.

PS — some friends of mine use WhatsApp, but I don’t have that one installed on my iPhone, as I’m very happy with Viber. :-)

My next favourite App

  • Skype! This is still a very easy way to connect over smart phone and computer, download/install the app or software, create a User name, and let your friends know what it is
    • I prefer to have Skype turned OFF all the time, and set up a date and time to chat via text beforehand (I do this otherwise I get non-stop calls via Skype).

Another favourite App

  • iPhone Facetime (it’s free worldwide from iPhone to iPhone)
    1. you don’t have to use the video camera if you’re not ready for a video call — you can select “phone” rather than “video” when your phone rings
    2. if you’re the one making the call, you can select Facetime “audio” call rather than “video” call (I don’t need to see friends in their pyjamas!)
    3. you can also send text messages for free to other iPhone users if you’re in each other’s Contact list.

Do you have other tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below

I hope you enjoyed my “Keeping in touch from Paris with help from the internet” article!

I’m excited to tell you I’ve started planning my next trip to Paris – woohoo! July 2018 sounds like a great plan — can you meet me there? I’ve got my fingers’ crossed!

Let me know if you have any questions about Paris or my website,  or just want to share some tips about your trip to Paris.

There are ots of ways to get in touch — post a Comment below, send an email, click the little “Say Bonjour!” tab on the right side of the screen, or pop over to the Facebook page — I’d love to hear from you!

Ciao ciao for now, a bientot !

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