In distant relationship? Apps bridge gap

New Delhi : It’s no secret that long distance relationships aren’t easy to maintain, but youngsters vouch for mobile applications, in short apps, that help them bridge the gap and keep them happy without burning a hole in their pockets.

In distant relationship? Apps bridge gap

This Valentine’s Day, couples staying apart will depend heavily on free apps – such as Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and We Chat – to stay connected with their partners and make it special for them.

“From sending messages, video calling to sharing photos – the apps help us in staying connected. It makes your partner feel that you are closer even when you are sitting far away. For me, apps made my courtship period easier as we were in two different cities,” said 25-year-old Akshita Jain, a newly-married journalist.

Delhi-based Shalini Jha is in a relationship with a Gujarat-based boy and she too relies on the apps to keep her love life intact.

“We use Skype a lot because when we fight, we talk for seven-eight hours at a stretch and often we run out of balance (on our mobile phones); so we use Skype. Long conversations are easier and economical through Skype,” said Jha who is in her mid-20s.

Skype is a software application mainly used for video calling, while Viber is useful for international phone calls. One can go on a messaging and photo sharing spree on WhatsApp.

Viber can be used on iPhone, iPad, Android smart phones and Blackberry as well as Nokia, Windows and Bada devices.

“The latest mobile apps are advantageous for couples. Even when you are loaded with work, a smile icon sent on WhatsApp acts as a stress buster. Viber and We Chat help me maintain a beautiful relationship with my fiancé who is in the UAE,” said Delhi-based Priya Sood, who is planning a surprise for her partner on Viber.

Instant messaging has redefined the dynamics of a long distance relationship, said Anubhav Nayyar, country manager of Viber India.

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