Nearly everyone in the United States knows someone who is a soldier, be it a parent, sibling, spouse, child, cousin, or best friend. And several of those soldiers have served overseas one time or another. Some of them may STILL be overseas.
Military families wish for one thing and one thing only for Christmas, for their birthday, for other special occasions, or in their prayers every night. They don’t want a cool new car or the latest gadget – they just want to see their soldier safe and happy and, most importantly, HOME. It’s hard enough to go without seeing our soldiers face-to-face, but luckily, we live in the age of technology. We are not limited to simply writing letters; we can call them and talk to them just about anytime we’d like. What’s more is we now have the ability to video chat with them overseas.
That’s right. Video chat. That means that YOU get to see YOUR SOLDIER on your phone or computer! You can hear their voice AND see them, and while it’s not nearly as good as hugging them and seeing them in real life, you get to actually see that they’re all right, see them smile, wave goodbye to them when you finally must hang up.
So how can you video chat with your soldier? Well, if you have an iPhone, you can easily use Skype! Both you and the soldier need access to the Internet to do this, but it’s very easy to use. You can connect with practically any platform, which makes it possible to video chat with virtually anyone in spite of location. Yes, that includes locations that are half a globe away!
Skype is also awesome because it works with both front- and rear-facing cameras, and the video calls are free aside from the cost of the Internet access.
And of course, there are other options out there if you want to video chat with your favorite soldier. Facetime is another great and easy option to use. The only downfall is that it only works with other iOS and Mac users and will only work over Wi-Fi.
Additionally, Fring is a good alternative to Skype, and it, too, is free. Like Skype, Fring offers video calling over Wi-Fi and 3G. The video quality that’s provided is adaptive in that it will shift upward or downward depending on what your connection can handle, and it will also allow you to use voice-only and texting. As of yet, though, Fring is currently restricted to other Fring clients.
Still, like I’ve said before, no matter how great technology is, there’s nothing more bodacious than seeing your soldier come home, especially if it’s in the form of a surprise.
Be sure to use your iPhone to keep up communications with your overseas soldier, and be sure also to swing over to check our Facebook fan page or Twitter page to gear up for the release of our Bodacious Cases!