The UK government had started discussions about a ‘circuit break’ to prevent the spread of COVID-19, should a short-term lockdown arise. There are multiple ways of using your mobile phone, laptop, smart technology, or even just a regular landline to stay in touch with your friends and family throughout these uncertain times.
We have put together the most common ways of staying connected and also preventing unexpected phone bills:
The method that we are all familiar with is the landline phone. It’s an easy and convenient way to keep in touch with family. Many modern landline handsets come with a variety of features such as hands-free calling and an answerphone in case someone cannot reach you. If you find that you are making more calls than often, then you should consider upgrading your call plan to accommodate for the extra calls you will be making on the weekends or evenings. It’s important to be mindful of the number of calls you are making so that you can avoid unexpected phone bills.
This is one of the most popular messaging apps around the world. WhatsApp makes messaging, audio calls, and video calls very easy. If you don’t already have WhatsApp, it’s free to download and use from most App Stores for mobile devices. Similar to Skype, all you need to do to send a message or start a call, simply save the contact into your device and you can message them or call them for free, as long as they have WhatsApp installed as well.
Skype is a very popular application that enables you to make free calls to other Skype accounts as long as they have been added to your contacts list. Once you’ve signed up an account with an email address, all you need to do next is simply add contacts into your Skype address book. This service also allows you to send regular messages, images, and videos free of charge. Skype is available on most computer operating systems and mobile devices.
Another popular alternative is Apple’s FaceTime. It’s a pre-installed application that comes with the mobile phone itself. Apple phone users may prefer FaceTime as it’s part of the ecosystem and it’s also very easy to use. Simply sign in to your Apple ID to begin using the app and FaceTime will automatically register your phone number. On other devices, it can also work through your email address. These methods of communication help to retain the visual and interpersonal connection via video, even if it’s done through a screen.
People that are older may be at higher risk of serious health complications if they were to be exposed to the coronavirus. As the virus is continuing to spread, many people are now concerned about whether they should visit older relatives or people that are more vulnerable, to reduce the chances of spreading the virus. During these times, it’s more important than ever to stay connected in order to support each other and those that live alone and cannot leave the house.
About Stuart Mosley
Stuart Mosley (CeFA, CeMap, CLTM) founded SJ Financial Solutions in June 2005 having spent 12 years with big corporates such as Halifax and Santander. He felt the personal touch and straight speaking was missing from financial and mortgage advice services and set up SJ Financial Solutions to change this.
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