The Philippines has more than 105 million mobile phones in use as of 2016. Since the Philippines has a population of only 94 million, this means that on average, each person in the Philippines uses 1.3 mobile phones. It certainly seems that the Philippines and its people, just like the United States, love mobile phones!
In the United States, the Filipino population is 5 million as of 2016. Many of these Filipinos in the United States have family members back home that they stay in touch with all the time. Calling rates from the United States to the Philippines are as low as $0.09 per minute and some services even offer free text messages.
But with the rise of smartphones, most cell phone users in the Philippines are using smartphones; in fact, in 2016, 27.5 million cell phones in use in the Philippines are actually smartphones! This means that now, most Filipinos in the United States do not have to pay to contact their loved ones in the Philippines. Now, they can use free apps to call, text, and even send and share photos, videos, and viral content!
Apps like Facebook and Line are already widely used in the Philippines, but there are other apps that can make it easier for people to communicate! There are messaging apps like Line, WhatsApp, Kik, and Twitter, photo apps like Snapchat and Instagram, and calling apps like Voxer and Google Voice that are all free! All you have to do is download them to your smartphone and quickly sign up, then you can start talking to your family!
Of course, cell phone users must keep their phone in service in order to access the Internet and use these applications. Services like NetworkSys Co can help Filipinos in the United States recharge the phones of their loved ones in the Philippines, also known as freight forwarding. This will ensure that the cell phone SIM card does not expire and will give your loved ones calls, texts and internet access so they can stay in touch with each other! There are many different cell phone networks in the Philippines, such as SUN Cellular and Talk N Text, but you can send cargo to all of them from the United States.
If your loved ones in the Philippines have access to wireless internet, they can use these apps for free. More than 45% of the population of the Philippines have access to wireless internet in 2016 and more than 70% of people in the United States have access to wireless internet in 2016.
Most smartphones around the world are Android smartphones, which means that Filipinos in the United States can download and use the same apps as their loved ones in the Philippines. Even if they have different types of phones, most apps are available for all types, including Android phones and iPhones.
It is now easier than ever for Filipinos to stay in touch with each other. There are free apps, texting, calling, and social media, and most of them are free. If you need text messages, calls, and internet access, you can send cargo to your family in the Philippines to make sure you can reach them whenever you want. After all, nothing is more important than family!