As a parent, do you have the basic computer skills to maintain contact with your college student? Does your technology support your efforts, and do you have the most cost efficient systems in place?
The following are some points that you should be thinking about before the move-in date:
– Will you need to upgrade either your equipment or services?
– How do you determine your child’s equipment needs while in college?
– Does the cell phone provider that you use at home (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc.) have a strong network at your child’s school?
– What can you do to keep your communication costs down?
– What are the most cost efficient ways to stay in communication with your child in college?
– How do you keep in contact with your child who is studying abroad without incurring large telephone charges?
– Has your child’s school granted you online access to key school resources?
– Does your child know how to reach you 24/7?
The chances are that your child may be more up-to-date on the latest technology than you. It is important that you discuss a strategy to communicate in a cost efficient manner. If your child is studying thousands of miles away, or perhaps in any country, you do not want to incur telephone charges that approach the cost of tuition!
Most universities no longer provide phones in their dorms. The use of cell phones and other mobile technology tools has significantly enhanced our ability to maintain our relationships with our children in college. Are you prepared?
Below is a link to my recent radio program where I discussed this and many items that you need to know before loading the car and heading to campus.
If you have any further questions, I can be reached by phone at 917 921-4518 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning a business or pleasure trip overseas? Do you have a child studying abroad? Keeping in touch while traveling to other countries can be very costly. Fortunately, there are many Internet based programs that have reduced the costs of communicating substantially, and in many cases, for free, depending on the country.
While there are many services available, I suggest you look at Viber, MagicJack, and Skype. All three have the ability to communicate for free from anywhere you can access the Internet through a wireless connection.
Many of you already are familiar with Skype which offers free video chatting with a computer, tablet, and a smartphone from a wireless connection. Using Skype on your smartphone or tablet from an area without a wireless connection is not free and the costs will depend on your carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc.) and the country who are in.
Viber offers free telephone calls and text messaging from smartphone to smartphone from a wireless area. Both you and the person you are calling need to have the app installed on your smartphone. The app is free.
MagicJack is a matchbook size device with a USB plug that is plugged into your laptop computer. The price of the MagicJack is $39.95 and the annual cost is under $20. It can be bought either at their website or at any electronics store (Best Buy, etc.). When you register, you select a local US number (where you live) and all calls, placed or received through the MagicJack, from a wireless area, are free.
There are a host of services available, however I am able to communicate with friends, family and business associates in other countries on a regular basis for FREE.
If you would like to discuss any of these services in greater detail, or if you have any other questions regarding how to control your international communication costs, I can be reached at 917 921-4518 or by e-mail at email@example.com
To listen to my latest BlogTalkRadio Program, “How to Control Your International Calling Costs,” click on the site below.
One of the most important contributions of the Internet has been the ability of people to maintain lines of communication with family, friends and business associates around the world. While e-mail, Facebook and other social media tools have brought people together, the ability to have face-to-face contact regardless of location is the consummate means of communication.
Here are some of the reasons why Skype has become an indispensable program to people that, in many instances, are still “technology challenged.”
1. For parents and grandparents – The ability to keep in touch with college students. In many instances, they may be across the country or abroad. Face to face contact is assuring to both students and family members. Meeting roommates and friends is a favorite activity.
2. Senior Citizens – Being able to video chat with family and friends that may not be close by. This is most effective for seniors that are unable meet personally due to illness, inclement weather or geographic limitations.
3. Business People – Great way to communicate with customers, clients and other business associates. The ability to reduce travel expenses.
4. Travelers – Whether for personal or business purposes, the ability to communicate with your home of business from anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection.
5. Job Seekers – The ability to communicate face-to-face with recruiters regardless of geographic location.
6. Students and Residents from Abroad – Keeping in touch with family and friends in overseas locations.
7. Group Chat – Permits people in different locations to participate in the communication.
8. Tech Support – Problems with any of your technology? Have a face-to-face conversation with your tech support team and be able to visually demonstrate some of your issues.
9. The Skype program can be downloaded to Window and MAC computers as well as blackberries, iPhones and Android smartphones with built-in wi-fi.
10. And most importantly, Skype to Skype calls whether it be between computers or smartphones with wi-fi Internet connections are FREE!!
If you have any questions about Skype or any other technology issues, please do not hesitate to contact me at 917 921-4518 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org