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I've rounded up some of the best and most popular choices below.
Folks have been using instant messaging on their mobile phones almost as long as there have been mobile phones.
Video chatting, on the other hand, is only really starting to take off in a big way now that mobile data networks are really starting to expand in bandwidth.
However, when I installed the app and tried to initiate a video chat between my Android and our home PC (using two different accounts obviously), I had the hardest time to get the PC Skype app to see the video stream from the phone app.
The Skype application on my computer could see that my phone account was logged in and I could initiate a video call.
My purse would be even emptier if all those mobile chat apps were paid.
For staying connected, video calling is still all the rage.
More personal than a phone call, but just as easy, video calling is often free and the feature is popping up in more apps, including Whats App earlier this year.
If you have an i Phone or i Pad, your top choice would likely be Face Time, since its built into the operating system and works well.
But if you're rocking an Android phone or tablet, you'll need to pick another app to help you stay connected.