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Download the app “WhatsApp “

It’s free

It’s phone and text whenever you’re near WiFi. No SIM cards, no expensive plans, nada.

My mother in law regularly calls Columbia for free. My son used it 4 months in France. It’s encrypted both ways. You can test it before you leave. Both parties must have the app. Delayed texts show up later if you weren’t near WiFi when they sent it.
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