Indians have more friends abroad than other nationalities

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 10:58 hrs

Research out today reveals Indians have more friends and relatives abroad than other nationalities.

At a time when people are feeling the pinch and looking to save money, FooTalk, a new Smartphone calling app, could therefore change the way readers use their mobile, allowing them to call at home and abroad for free, without the headache of big bills.

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.

Sixty three per cent 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 coupled with 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.

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 differences.

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."

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 world via Wi-Fi or 3G and 4G mobile data services.

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