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One more thing to be careful of are apps and electronics that use geotracking/geotagging.....some good guides at http://www.slideshare.net/NavalOPSEC/presentations
Bill, You should also consider putting What'sApp on his phone. He can then call and/or text over wifi from anywhere in the world where he can attach to wifi. My wife uses it for communicating with co-workers in India. It works great. A friend's son was coaching baseball in Israel last year and he told me it sounded like he was just talking across town on the phone rather than across the world.
Almost forgot, with all of the communications methods you need to keep OPSEC in mind. See the link near the bottom of this page on the right side.
On the electronics side, if your son has an Android device and access to Wifi we have found the LINE app to work pretty well, especially for the price (free). If he has an Apple device then there is Facetime. If he is going to be stationed on a ship then he will have limited access in any case. My son is coming back from his 2nd deployment in a few months and we have tried several of these methods. They all work some of the time, but none of them are 100%.
Don't forget to get his APO address. He will love any cards and letters as much as any voice conversation because he can hold on to it and re-visit it as often as he likes. Care packages are great and you send them to the APO you only pay the domestic shipping, however there are restrictions on what you can send. There is actually good info on this at the USPS web site.
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