The mobile communication space is one of the fastest growing and most disruptive.
With apps like WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and Talkatone, it is also one of the most competitive. Founded in 2010 by Ooyala and LinkedIn veterans, Talkatone is VoIP for your mobile phone. It boasts over 10 million installs, and is one of the most popular mobile phone apps.
Talkatone is like a dream come true for many users. This app lets you make and receive calls on Google Voice. Better yet, for free. It doesn’t use up your Google Voice minutes and only borrows your Google Voice number.
Recent releases of Talkatone allow users in Canada and US to receive and send free SMS. This app comes in handy for those travelling abroad or to areas where they can’t use their cell service. They can chat and talk to friends and family like they were home.
How It Works
Talkatone rides on Google’s free chat and mail service. It acts as a middleman. It gives users the impression that they are making calls using Gmail while in the real sense they are making calls using their phone’s data connection. It is, therefore, best to use it while on WIFI as using it on 3G will incur data charges.
Is It Legal?
Making calls with Talkatone using your iPhone is legal. You can make all the calls you want for free without worrying that you’re breaking the law.
How to Set Talkatone on Your iPhone
To start off, you have to make some changes to your Google Voice settings. You need to upgrade your Google Voice account in order to get a phone number. In the voice settings, select “forward to Google chat”. This allows you to receive calls on Talkatone.
Step By Step Installation
- After you’re done with Google Voice set up, grab your phone and download the Talkatone app from the App Store.
- Once installed, open the app. You will be asked for your Google login details. Make sure you provide the correct details.
- After login, you will now be able to see a list of your contacts. You can call anyone on this list for free. They have to be online for the call to go through.
Tips for Using Talkatone
To view those who are online, select the “Online” tab. You can tap on a person’s name in order to view their contact details. Text or call them if you so wish. You should note the fact that the call will only go through if the recipient has enabled the “Call from Gmail” plugin. When making calls, Talkatone will show you whether you’re making them through 3G or Wi-Fi.
When you have an incoming call, Talkatone will use push notifications to alert you. However, if you’re signed in on Gchat or Gmail on your computer, you won’t receive any notifications on your phone unless you have selected call forwarding to both your mobile phone and Google Talk. This, as earlier mentioned, can be done from the Google Voice settings page.