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Planning to move to Kunshan, China? Great, but before you pack your bags and board a plane, have you spent enough time thinking about the best ways to contact your family and friends from back home while you’re here? Well, in case you’ve yet to do so, the first thing you’ll need to know is that most of the popular social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, are blocked by China’s Great Firewall and can only be accessed via VPN.
Yep, I know. But don’t worry, there are plenty of apps available for download that can help you stay connected both domestically and internationally. Let’s take a look at 5 popular apps to download to keep in touch with family and friends while in Kunshan, China.
QQ is probably the most popular messaging app to use across China, and the closest you can get to a social media platform like Facebook. As for messaging, the app comes equipped with direct phone and video calling between QQ users, texting, group chats, file transfer, media uploads, and more. Additionally, QQ provides a Q Zone, or profile page, for individual users to upload photo albums, share websites, leave comments, you name it. You may also listen to music and watch videos via QQ’s platform, as well. QQ is available on phones, computers, and tablets.
WeChat is arguably the most popular messaging app to use amongst expats. The app allows for walkie-talkie like messages, texting, direct phone and video calls, group chats, file transfers, media uploads, instant record and share, location sharing, and much more. The app can also automatically recommend WeChat users from your phone’s contacts list. Furthermore, WeChat contains a “Moments” feed where users can post photos, videos, and website links to share with others. Perhaps one of the most unique features of the app is its addition of “Official Accounts”, where users can subscribe to feeds from organizations and blogs from around the world. WeChat can be used on the computer, but it’s more acquainted with mobile usage. WeChat is available on phones, computers, and tablets.
What’s App is a popular instant messaging app with hundreds of millions of active users around the world. In fact, the service became so popular that it was purchased by Facebook in 2014. Users of the free app can send messages, make voice and video calls, transfer files, share locations, and much more. In addition, the app is available across multiple mobile devices, including Iphones, Nokia, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and a few others.
Everyone knows about Skype; after all, it’s one of the original peer-to-peer voice and video call software programs. You can also send messages, transfer files, create conference calls, and much more. The app provides a paid service that allows users to call landlines and mobile phones.
Line is another popular messaging app that can be used on phones, tablets, and computers. The app was engineered by Japanese engineers in Korea, and thus serves as one of the leading messaging apps in Japan . Users can send messages, make voice and video calls, transfer files, post photos and videos on a timeline, purchase virtual stickers, play online games, share locations, and much more.
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