Sendly: A Money Transfer App

Staying in touch with friends and family across the Atlantic ocean isn’t always easy. There’s the time difference to consider, and the the lack of reliable connectivity at times. While Spain’s catching up, I am still told that my phone is incapable of accessing 4G networks here, while I am automatically connected to 4G back in the U.S. Who knows why? The mysteries of a telephone company’s monopoly. Anyway, over the years communication certainly has improved by leaps and bounds.

My first time in Spain was my study abroad in 2008. The place I stayed, the Fundación Jose Ortega y Gasset, was a former nun’s residence, and the Internet was capricious by nature. We never knew when or where we would be able to access the Internet. I remember spending hours sitting in the one hallway that was reliable around 70% of the time. (Not exactly reliable, but as reliable as it got there.) I was desperately homesick for the first two months, so I spent hours with my mom on Skype, hoping against hope that the unstable Internet would hold out. At that time, I didn’t even have a cell phone. Most of my friends bought them, little prepaid phones that fit easily in our front pockets. We recharged their saldo €20 at a time in little kiosks around the city. Communication certainly wasn’t difficult, but it was much more limited than nowadays.

Now, in 2014, we have so many different ways to communicate with friends and family back home: Skype, as always, but also tons of different mobile applications as well as Whatsapp, a type of messenger service that uses your data service plan and not the SMS system. Some of us continue to buy and use prepaid phones, though, and now there’s even ways to send mobile credit to loved ones from another country. Crazy how far we’ve come, right?

Sendly

Sendly Login

Did you ever find yourself wanting to call a friend only to find out he/she had no phone credit? You wanted to share some of yours, but you couldn’t. Well, now you can, thanks to the creators of Sendly, an app that allows you to credit your friends and loved ones.

To use Sendly, all you need is to download the app and know the phone number of the person to whom you wish to send credit.

 

Sendly App

You can allow them to access your contacts so that you can find friends/family more easily.Sendly LoginHow does it work?

1. Select the contact
2. Choose the amount you wish to send that person
3. Confirm your payment

Most transfers take only a few seconds. Quick and easy!

Would I use Sendly on a regular basis? Definitely, and I know my parents wish this service had existed in the past, when I was poorer and didn’t have a phone plan.

Have you ever used an app like Sendly?

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One comment

  1. This is super-useful information for people who need it. Thank you!

    I am often struck when reading your blog about how the Internet has changed the experience of living abroad. When I lived in Madrid in the 80s (I was there in ’81-82 and again from ’83-87), there was no Internet and only standard landline phones. Communicating with our friends and family in the U.S. meant writing letters on onion-skin “aerogramas” (to save postage, the paper was as light as possible) or very rarely, having a very hurried conversation on the phone.

    I always went to the locutorio at the Palacio de Comunicaciones at Cibeles to call my parents, because calling from the home phone was so dicey – phone bills were not itemized and so a call to the U.S. would generate charges that we could not separate out from the rest of the regular monthly bill (which inexplicably, varied wildly from month to month).

    How the world has changed in 30 years!

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