London, United Kingdom:
We are proving to be the most internationally cosmopolitan nation by
having more friends and relatives living abroad compared to British, US
and Australian counterparts according to a new study out today (January
The study, commissioned by new smartphone calling app, FooTalk, surveyed
3,500 residents in the four countries and showed 89% of Indians have
friends and relatives living abroad compared to 77% of Australians, 70%
of Brits and just 54% of Americans.
63% of Indians even admitted to speaking to their friends and relatives
abroad more than some of their friends at home with many likely to take
advantage of new technology to aid staying in touch.
The transient nature of modern life coupledwith the boom in social
networking means those in India are now staying in touch with more
people abroad than ever before, and with the rise of smartphone apps
people are transforming the way they communicate at much cheaper
international rates too.
Indian women are more social than men, regularly keeping in touch with
at least 15 friends on international shores with many chatting on
average four times a week
This is higher than both in the UK and USA where, surprisingly, more men
have contacts abroad. Eighty-two per cent of Indian men prefer to make
contact with a phone call (compared to 80% for women).
Agony aunt and relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam elaborates:
“It’s great to see both men and women picking up the phone for a chat
and using modern technology to keep up old traditions as opposed to just
sending an SMS or posting on Facebook. Hearing someone's voice is a far
richer experience than simply seeing words on screen. You get to not
only learn more about what the other person's thinking and feeling, but
they get to learn more about you. Add to that the fact that calls are
fully and instantly responsive, immediate and interactive. If you talk
to someone on the phone, you're fully focused on each other, minute
to minute. It's a way of connecting with someone and sharing their
ordinary daily life –even if they're far away.”
The study reveals almost three quarters of Indians make calls when
there’s big news to divulge; 45% for daily news and family updates,
while 40% just like a good gossip.
However, 52% admit they sometimes avoid talking to their friends and
relatives abroad because of high call charges and 54% would make more
voice calls if they could speak for free wherever they were. A quarter
of those surveyed also moaned about the hassle of having to arrange a
time to video call or phone to fit in around personal schedules and time
The most common homes for friends and relatives include the UK,
Australia, the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Social networking sites have also led to 85% of people getting back in
touch with people who have moved abroad after thinking they would never
speak to them again.
FooTalk is a new app for iOS and Android that significantly reduces the
cost of making calls for smartphone users, whether calling abroad. It
allows customers to make free calls to friends and family who have the
app, anywhere in the worldvia Wi-Fi or 3G and 4G mobile data services.
Graeme Hutchinson, former sales and marketing chief and founding
management team member of Virgin Mobile, who is co-founder of FooTalk
said: “We know that people are travelling the world more than ever and
that international borders are no barrier to staying in touch. However
soaring call rates, inaccessibility and difficulty of use of
“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.”
FooTalk also allows users to call any number at extremely low rates
(significantly lower than other alternative calling services like
Skype). Whether calling abroad or avoiding expensive roaming charges
while travelling or simply to call friends locally. FooTalk offers
exceptional value compared to others.
In addition to the significant cost saving benefits, FooTalk’s
patent-pending Discovery service is designed to ensure more reliable
connections than competitor services. This combination delivers a
customer experience that gives consumers 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 mobiles 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:
$USD (per minute)
Australia - Mob
Brazil – Mob
Canada – Mob
China – Mob
India – Mob
Nigeria – Mob
Poland – Mob
Thailand – Mob
UK – Mob
USA – Mob
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
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
One Poll conducted the research on behalf of FooTalk, surveying 500
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