Zello turns your smartphone into a walkie-talkie. It works anywhere in the world as long as you are connected to the Internet. The push-to-talk app lets you create groups. This can include hundreds of family members, friends or collaborators or use it for one-on-one communication. The app is free for iOS and Android.
Nextdoor is a great way to stay connected to your neighbors. Many are using it these days to recommend places to get food. It has many other uses, too. For example, use it to buy and sell stuff. Kind of like a virtual garage sale. The app is free for iOS and Android.
Houseparty makes connecting face-to-face effortless. It alerts you when your friends are “in the house” and ready to chat, so you can jump right into the conversation. The same goes for you opening the app because your friends will know you’re in the app and ready to chat, so they can join in. The app is free for iOS and Android.