Communications during CULP

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  1. cajuncarrier

    cajuncarrier Member

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    DS is going to Mongolia for CULP.. Does anyone know what type of communications he will be allowed? Will he have phone access or email access? Or will he only be able to call home once or twice a week if any?

    Checked with cellphone provider. He can get prepaid minutes with our plan for a small fee. It's not that bad. What would you guys suggest?
     
  2. paradoxer

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    Voxxer

    Check out Voxer, it's free, at least it was last year, it's an app for your phone. Worked wonderfully.
     
  3. Jcc123

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    DS never called home from the Marshall Islands, mostly because of the 14 hour time zone difference, but there was Wifi at the post, so we texted (iMessaged) all the time. That's free if you have iPhones. He did call from Hawaii both going and coming home though.
     
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    My son called once or twice from Tunisia and we sent messages via facebook. They were fortunate enough to have wifi where they were staying. They were busy so we didn't talk that often.
     
  5. Jcleppe

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    I second the Voxer suggestion, my nephew just moved to Australia and he uses it all the time to call family back here.

    My son texted once and called once from Bosnia, got the phone bill to prove it, wish they would have had Voxer then. On the flip side, we never really expected to hear from him, figured they were having such a good time that Ole Mom and Dad were not high on the radar. We did get the long version when he got home though.
     
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    Best case scenario - he can get decent wifi to send iMessages and FaceTime back home. Maybe even access to a good phone.

    Worst case - talk to ya in 3 weeks mom and dad.

    I'm in Africa now and can get decent wifi at my apartment to send iMessages, occassionky FaceTime, and check .mil stuff (when the power stays on, and I can't do much more). I wouldn't suggest the prepaid minutes only because they burn through them very quickly. Also, they're going to be busy working and spending time with the team, I'd leave it at Facebook and iMessage and not worry about calling home.

    If I was only in country for about 3 weeks I probably wouldn't have brought any phone, but because of being gone for 3 months I have a few different phones for different things.

    It will all depend on what's available in country. Africa probably isn't the best example either...
     
  7. HorseHolder

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    DD's CULP trip in 2012 was a humanitarian mission to Costa Rica. I think she called home once from Knox before she left and once when she was back in the USA. While in Costa Rica, we exchanged some Facebook messages, but I don't think we ever actually talked. She did not have a smart phone at the time and did not want to take her laptop or her ipad. In hindsight, she wished she had taken the ipad as she had to bum the use of other people's devices to get on the wifi at the place where they stayed.
     
  8. cajuncarrier

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I figured there wouldn't be much contact. But glad to hear that more than likely it would at least be internet connections. Have to know my baby is still breathing:big grin:

    I going to research the Voxer app!
     
  9. sheriff3

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    DS e-mailed us this morning from Bucharest and I assume that is going to the mode of communication for the duration. Their hotel is "very nice" but much of the city is full of abandoned buildings and graffiti. They will soon be heading into the interior to a place most of the locals have never heard of...this should be an adventure.
     

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