US men have a larger circle of friends abroad than women according to a
survey published today. The research, commissioned by new smartphone
calling app FooTalk, found that men across the US know an average of 21
people living overseas, compared to women who only keep in touch with 15.
Surprisingly, it also found that men are more likely to pick up the
phone for a chat. Women were found to instead rely on social media and
emails to stay in touch, flipping the stereotype about women loving to
spend hours chatting on the phone.
Men will also spend twice as long on the phone, with an average call
time of half an hour, while women only stay on the line for 15 minutes.
The study of 500 Americans also found that over half of Americans speak
to relatives or friends who living abroad via the phone, more than they
do with those in the same country. Canada, the UK and Australia are the
most common locations where Americans had friends and relatives living
Agony aunt and relationship psychologist, Susan Quilliam elaborates:
'The classic joke is that it's girls who are on the phone for hours. But
increasingly it's guys who are becoming bigger fans of the phone
conversation - particularly if they want to keep in touch with friends
and family who've moved abroad.
"And they're absolutely right to want that; hearing someone's voice is a
far richer experience than simply seeing words on a screen. Not only do
you learn more about what the other person is thinking and feeling, but
also they in turn get to learn more about you. If you talk to someone on
the phone, you're fully focused on each other, minute to minute. Add
that to the fact that calls are also fully and instantly responsive,
immediate and interactive; and phone calls remain a great way of
connecting with someone and sharing their daily life - even if they're
56% of Americans make calls to 'gossip' rather than to impart big news.
But a quarter of those surveyed admit they sometimes avoid talking to
their friends and relatives abroad because of the high call charges,
though they would reverse this decision if they could speak for free
wherever they were. The hassles of alternative services, such as having
to arrange a time to video or phone call that fits in around personal
schedules and time differences, were big stumbling blocks for many.
FooTalk is a new app for iOS and Android that significantly reduces the
cost of making calls for smartphone and tablet users. It allows
customers to make free calls to friends and family who also have the
FooTalk app, anywhere in the world via Wi-Fi or 3G and 4G mobile data
Graeme Hutchinson, former sales and marketing chief, founding management
team member of Virgin Mobile, and co-founder of FooTalk said: ''People
are travelling the world for work and pleasure more than ever and now
boast a truly international group of friends.
''But surprisingly it seems that men are the best at staying in touch
with friends once they go overseas.
"Women may be put off by the thought of high costs to call abroad, but
by using new apps this could become a thing of the past. Using these new
methods, people can actually save money on their calls, whilst
connecting on a more personal level with friends abroad.
"Facebook and Twitter might keep you abreast of your friends' lives but
there's always more to be had from a conversation - even if the other
person is in a different country."
"At this time of year, when the recent festive period has left people
more determined than ever to save money, people with friends and
relatives living abroad should know there are free ways of staying in
touch with friends, colleague es and loved ones."
FooTalk also allows users to call any number in the world at extremely
low rates (significantly lower than other alternative calling services
like Skype). Whether calling abroad, avoiding expensive roaming charges
whilst travelling, or simply calling friends nearby, FooTalk offers
exceptional value compared to other services.
In addition to the significant cost saving benefits, FooTalk's
patent-pending Discovery service is designed to ensure a more reliable
connection than competitor products. This combination delivers a
customer experience that gives them the most complete alternative to
their network operator in one, easy-to-use app.
Notes to editors:
FooTalk is a new app that will transform your smartphone into your
single, low-cost option for keeping in touch with all your friends and
family whether at home, at work, out and about or even travelling.
FooTalk users can make free calls to other FooTalk users anywhere in the
world via Wi-Fi or mobile data. They can also benefit from huge savings
on calls to cell phones and landlines, with a simple set of low cost
call rates for both calling internationally and within your home country.
FooTalk is really easy-to-use, making it the natural alternative to
making calls directly from your smartphone. The app integrates instantly
with your smartphone's address book, so you can see who else has the app
and informs you when friends download the app. It works brilliantly on
iOS and Android smartphones / devices, providing reliable connections
and clear call quality over or 3G, 4G and LTE. For more details see: http://www.footalk.me/
FooTalk price comparison:
All rates listed are per minute and correct as at 14 January 2013.
Skype rates taken from Skype Pay As You Go rates. All logos and
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