If you have an iPhone you should check out viber. You can talk and text other iPhone users for free. This is particularly wonderful if say you and your deployed spouse both have an iPhone. J has an iPhone he got shortly after he got to Japan. It is on his Japanese network. I have an iPhone I got when Verizon got the technology. It is on my network. Viber is VoIP (voice over IP) so it uses data lines instead of being a phone call. It has been wonderful to talk to my husband. I did research before we started using it to make sure it was valid. Even Apple endorses it. I love this app!!!