first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillWhat are the various ways service members can save money on communication costs when deployed?Service members can significantly reduce their communication costs with Internet availability. Two popular online programs—Skype and Google Calling—are available to those who cannot otherwise afford costly callsto and from overseas, especially if a service member is deployed.Skype is an online service that allows people to call each other for free using the Internet. Skype also offers other plans; however, users must pay for them. The free service offers Skype-to-Skype calls, one-to-one videos, instant messaging, and screen sharing.Google Voice provides service members with free calling to the United States when they are deployed overseas. Users must have a Google account and a valid military e-mail address (ending in .mil) to use the service. Browse more military personal finance webinars and articles by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on October 7, 2013.last_img