One of the greatest challenges for long-haul truckers is being away from family and friends for long periods of time. It’s every truck drivers dream to have a gig where they’re out on Monday, back on Friday and making some serious cash. But the reality is that making money in trucking means road time and road time means long stretches away from home.
Overcoming this challenge is vital for a successful career in trucking and it’s especially important to learn how to stay connected with loved ones while you’re on the road. Fortunately, today’s mobile technology makes staying in touch easier than ever! All it takes is having the right app, decent cellular equipment and the willingness to make it work. Here are a few video chat apps that are worth checking out!
Google Duo is one of the simplest chat apps available. It is a cross-app platform that works between iOS and Android devices. It has a simple login that allows you to connect with other Google Due users. It also a feature called “Knock-Knock” which lets you know what the caller is up to before answering.
IMO is another simple video calling and chat app that claims compatibility with 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE networks. That means it will work even in remote areas where cell phone service is spotty. IMO is also free and will work on both iOS and Android devices. The only downside is that the app allows for advertising.
JusTalk is a lesser-known video chat app that allows you to “Theme” your app. You can also doodle while in a video call to add a bit of fun to your chat, something great to do with kids. Plus, it has a group chat capability and is free to download and use.
Facebook Messenger is by far one of the most popular messaging apps in the US. While many do not like the app, so many use Facebook that it’s worth mentioning. The video chat experience works OK and, because it is so widely used, it is convenient for everyone to join a new platform.
Tango is one of the oldest video chat apps around. It made its début years ago as one of the first apps that could video chat even with a bad connection. It is now a full social platform where you cannot only chat with friends and family, but you can also find communities with similar interests. The app is free with purchases available to personalize the app.
One of the most popular video chat apps available is Skype. It works across most platforms and is one of the best cross-platform options out there. Plus, Skype has the capability to do video calls with large groups.
Viber, which began as a voice calling app, has evolved into a messaging service. It is bloated with features such as hidden chats, games, voice, text and other features. Viber is also free for video calls.
With so many mobile video chat options available, drivers can easily stay connected with loved ones wherever the road may take them. While nothing can take the place of being home every day, video chat apps and better cellular coverage, drivers can reconnect with loved ones to during non-driving hours. It’s import to remember that the U.S. Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) prohibits drivers of commercial vehicles from using mobile devices while driving. Additionally, drivers should refer to their employee handbook for company-specific rules on using electronic communications while behind the wheel.
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