Stay connected this Christmas with Three.
Last updated: 19 November 2015
It’s the most wonderful time of the year; the season when friends and family become more important than ever. But what if driving home for Christmas isn’t possible?
Thankfully, keeping in touch with loved ones at this special time of year doesn’t have to be tricky. It seems the world is a much smaller place these days because there are endless ways to chat, share and send virtual festive hugs. Plus, if you’re on Three, you’ll be on the UK’s most reliable network.
Here are a few of the best ways to stay connected this Christmas:
Whether you’re posting Merry Christmas on your best friend’s wall, updating your status with breaking news about how the turkey’s coming along, or sharing revealing pictures of the office Christmas party, Facebook is a firm festive favourite for all your seasonal antics. Free to download, easy to use and perfect for staying social (if Great Aunt Edna is driving you nuts).
With Skype, the world is your oyster. No matter where you are in the world you can message, group chat, share pictures and video chat for free. Video calling is an absolute must if you’re away from loved ones, but with Skype you can open all your presents together, even if you’re on the other side of the world. Find out more in our full guide to Skype.
It can sometimes be tricky to get a signal, no matter which network you’re on. Although Three has been rated by YouGov as the UK’s most reliable network since 2014, we’re well aware that things aren’t always perfect. That’s why we’ve created Three inTouch. It’s a free app that lets you call and text using your Three number whenever you're on Wi-Fi in the UK, even if there's no mobile signal.
And we won't charge you a penny extra, because calls and texts come from your monthly price plan or Pay As You Go credit. It’s not a peer-to-peer service like Skype or Viper, so you can use it to call and text any number, not just those also on Three inTouch. Now there are no excuses not to phone the in-laws on Christmas Day.
So what’s WhatsApp all about? Put simply, it’s a real-time messaging tool that means you can stay in touch instantly and easily. You can message individuals or groups and send unlimited pictures, videos or audio clips whenever you like. And the best bit? It’s free to download and free to use. You can basically send everything to various devices without paying for SMS or MMS. And because WhatsApp uses your internet data plan, it won’t cost any extra to message and stay in touch with your friends.
This is another free cross-platform messaging tool. You can use it on your desktop and any smartphone operating system, and it’ll sync your contacts, messages and call history. You can send free messages, stickers, photos, voice and video messages and make free calls to any device that has Viber installed on it, on any network. A great choice for catching up and sending Season’s Greetings this Christmas.
If you hadn’t noticed by now, we love a freebie - especially at Christmas. And here’s another free messaging service that will keep you in touch this Christmas. It doesn’t matter whether mum’s on an iPad, nan’s on a desktop, or your brother’s on an Android smartphone, you can avoid call and SMS charges, send unlimited messages (including pictures and videos) and make voice and video calls over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. All you need is the free imo app installed on your device and the one you’re contacting.
OK, so all of the above apps might help you spread a little Christmas cheer. But it’s your network that’ll tie it all together.
You could be on the road, driving to visit relatives at the other end of the country. You could be staying at your cousins and desperate to touch base with mum and dad. Wherever you are and whoever you’re with, it’s good to know that Three has been rated the UK’s most reliable network since 2014 by YouGov. What more do you need to stay connected this Christmas?
Oh, and if you’re planning to buy yourself a little Christmas gift this year, you could save up to £160 on the new iPhone 6s when you trade-in your phone at Three. It’s like all your Christmas wishes have come at once. Best. Xmas. Ever.