I’m always in touch with my family in Colombia. Using the hughesnet packages is the most economical way to keep in touch with them. We stay hours and hours online just chatting about what we did during the day, who we met at school or work and where the next party will be. Sometimes my brother and I play online games, just to spend time together. We also use the internet to exchange pictures. My mom even bought a digital picture frame because I had sent so many pictures that it has become expensive to print them all. Last but not least, I also use the internet to send money to my family. I make online money transfers from my bank to their bank. There is a small fee transfer, but it still is less expensive than other traditional methods. The only problem we currently face is that my mom has a dialup connection. Sometimes we are in the middle of an important conversation when she gets disconnected. I have satellite internet, so I don’t have the same problem she does. I already asked her to investigate what other options she has as far as internet providers; until she does, we’ll have to keep chatting with frequent disconnections.