Tech and ‘Me Time’

By Sandra Quinn

Just before December 25, our Christmas-themed blog post looked at the idea of bringing technology into the festive dynamic in a way that would add to family life, instead of taking away from it and this week, we will build on that by looking at how technology can make ‘me time’ more valuable. In case you missed it, catch up with last week’s post here https://www.horizon-globex.com/can-technology-improve-christmas/)
When people think of ‘me time’, they often think of relaxing meditative or solitary activities like walking, yoga, reading or writing – many of which, a smart device can help with through the extensive use of new apps and gadgets.
For this writer, as a family and friend-oriented people person, I use my phone a lot as part of my ‘me time’ and for me it is precious and unquantifiable.
Just recently, I wrote about needing to use Horizon Globex as a lifeline to home while away (read it here https://www.horizon-globex.com/globex-call-a-lifeline-to-home-in-a-time-of-crisis/) and even while home, I use it regularly to call people in Australia, Canada, Norway, the USA, the UK, Asia and all over the globe for both work and personal reasons.

The beauty of it being that I can ring people using my Wifi from Ireland, knowing that the receiver just needs mobile service on their side to receive the call.
Here at Horizon Globex, with offices in the University of Limerick, we are always striving to think of ways to keep people connected in a way that works for them – at the lowest price and using the least amount of internet allowance, while also guaranteeing a stellar service for calls, texts, instant messaging and more.
Through the Globex Call app (download from the App store on Apple devices or from Play Store for Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.horizonglobex.android.horizoncall), we are giving families, friends and loved ones the chance to stay connected using their own mobile and existing mobile phone number.

The beauty of our app is that unlike competitors from the same telecommunications field, like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype, Facetime or others, this only requires a Wifi connection on the side of the caller. Just think of a world without calls dropping, connections failing and a time lag.
In order to use the app, you can either both download the Globex Call app and use Wifi to call each other for free without any external network charges, or you can install it yourself, use your Wifi to make a call and then just call a landline or mobile using your Globex Call credit, which you can top up anytime from anywhere on the app.
Globex Call use is not restricted like others are and can be used even when you’re limited to EDGE (2G) or 3G coverage and you can still call family or friends without compromising on quality.

Globex Call has been purposefully designed to only use a fraction of the data compared to other mobile voice apps, meaning that you only pay a fraction of the cost, especially when roaming or calling abroad.

The app uses advanced technology to ensure high quality voice calls over data connections allowing over 30 minutes of talking per Megabyte. Compare us to other mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions, which use a Megabyte per minute or more, to see for yourself.

With Globex’s up-to-the-second data and cost counters, you can constantly monitor how much data you are using during your call.

Globex Call also syncs with your existing mobile address book, allowing you to make or receive a call using the same process as a standard smartphone. However, if calling isn’t convenient for you, then alternatively you could send your contacts a text message, or leave them a voicemail, directly from your app.

Some of the cool app features include the following:

  • Call any mobile or fixed landline at great prices or invite your friends to install the capp and call for free!
  • Send SMS, chat messages, voicemails, pictures, videos and your current GPS location.
  • Create fun groups to share moments and memories with your friends and colleagues.
  • Calls can be made over any mobile data connection: EDGE (2G), 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.
  • Free voicemail so you don’t miss a thing.
  • Customized Ringback Tune to impress your friends.
  • In-App Purchases to buy call and SMS credit.
  • In-App credit transfer to share some of your account balance with friends and family.
  • This app even does optimised, low bandwidth email; and you get a free email account with every registration as @horizon-call.com.

*Please note that data rates from your mobile network operator do apply and may vary.
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From all of the team in Horizon Globex, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year and all the best for 2018.