Remind101 — After a high school principal reminded us of the text messaging app “Group Me,” a teacher wrote with another suggestion: “Remind101.” This is free from Remind101.com and lets you send text messages to any group. They can’t reply. He just wanted to notify parents and teachers of events; he doesn’t really want to hear back.
Engaging in a Skype video chat with a group, where each person is in a different location, used to be part of their premium service. Now it’s free. To start, locate one of your friends on Skype. Then click the plus sign next to their name and choose “add people.” Start adding them and when you’re finished, click the call icon. For now, it works with PC, Mac and the Xbox One. Depending on the device, you can call people in three to 10 locations.
We had two phones, a Jitterbug and a Galaxy S3, both made by Samsung. We lost the Jitterbug and relied for months on our smart phone alone. We bought a replacement Jitterbug, the Jitterbug Plus, and are glad to have it back. Here’s why: We like the big buttons and having a friendly, live-person operator. This last is a biggie. She will give you directions if you’re lost and put any new numbers you want into your phone list. Like a lonely librarian, they almost beg you to ask another question. The phone’s battery stand-by life is 25 days, whereas the Galaxy S3 needs charging nearly every day, even when we don’t use it. Of course, there’s always a big […]
We’re not into video calling, but somebody must be. So we liked the idea of Skype’s new video messaging service. Rather than interrupt someone with a phone call, you can leave a video message. This service just came out of testing and is now available on computers and smart phones. To leave a video message, you and the other person have to be Skype users, which is free. Just click the plus sign next to their name in your contacts list to send a video message.
The “Vonage Mobile” app lets us make calls locally and internationally without spending any of the minutes in our cell-phone’s T-Mobile plan. The key is the other person must also have downloaded the app, unless they’re already a Vonage customer. Since it’s free, why not? Go to VonageMobile.com and have a link sent to your phone via text message. The app works for both text and voice.
Skype video chats just got some competition from Zoom.us, a free service that lets up to 15 people chat at once, on phones, tablets and computers, or a mix of all three. When one person is talking, their face dominates the screen and the rest are seen in thumbnail images. To add someone to a chat, just send them a link.