Long-dis­tance apps to stay con­nected to those you love.

Th­ese fun apps can help you feel con­nected to your sweet­heart no mat­ter how far apart you are

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Contents - BY CHAR­LOTTE HIL­TON AN­DER­SEN

BEST FOR BA­SIC VIDEO CALL­ING:

A free video-call­ing pro­gram that works on phones, tablets and com­put­ers, Skype al­lows peo­ple to do au­dio and video chat­ting from any­where they have a data con­nec­tion. Be­ing able to see the other per­son al­lows you to see their fa­cial ex­pres­sions, share pic­tures and see their en­vi­ron­ment.

BEST FOR COU­PLES THAT LOVE THE LIT­TLE THINGS: COU­PLE

is an adorable lit­tle app that of­fers the tex­ting, video and chat­ting op­tions of other com­mu­ni­ca­tions apps but comes with a ro­man­tic bonus. Peo­ple us­ing the Cou­ple app (free iOS and Android) can end their late-night con­ver­sa­tions with a ‘thum­bkiss’. When both peo­ple put their thumbs to the screen it gives you a lit­tle vi­bra­tion. OK, so it’s not the same as kiss­ing but un­til sci­en­tists in­vent ar­ti­fi­cial lips or tele­por­ta­tion it’s a sweet sub­sti­tute.

BEST FOR COU­PLES ON DIF­FER­ENT SCHED­ULES: MARCO POLO

is great for cou­ples who op­er­ate on dif­fer­ent sched­ules, mak­ing Skype or tra­di­tional phone calls dif­fi­cult. You can send your sweet­heart a video mes­sage when­ever you feel like it and they can open it when­ever they're ready.

BEST FOR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL COU­PLES: WHAT­SAPP

is a free tex­ting, video and call­ing app, all in one. What sets it apart from other phone apps, how­ever, is that it uses your in­ter­net con­nec­tion in­stead of your mo­bile phone data, mak­ing it a more af­ford­able way to make in­ter­na­tional calls.

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