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?
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.
You can allow them to access your contacts so that you can find friends/family more easily.How 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.