Ever wished your iPhone or iPod Touch 4 could work like a walkie talkie? Then HeyTell is the app for you. Most walkie talkie apps charge at least .99. HeyTell one-ups them in many ways, and the best part is, this app is free, and it’s awesome.
This is how HeyTell works. First, set up a quick, easy account so your friends can find you. Then, add friends by phone number or email. Once your friends with the app accept your request, you can begin messaging each other. Touch your friend’s name, push the talk button, it records your message, then immediately sends your voice message to your friend. They get a notification and hear what you said to them. You can also share your current location with them as you are speaking. So, technically it’s not a walkie talkie because it’s not real time, but it’s just about as close as you can get to real time.
What I like:
- Push messages
- Great voice quality
- With HeyTell you can even message your friends with Android phones as long as they have the app too
- Account is easy to set up
- Doesn’t eat up battery life
- Very fast message delivery when using the app over wifi
- Relatively fast delivery when using the app on a 3G connection
- Privacy settings: Low: Anyone can find you as long as they look for you using contact information you set for yourself. Medium: Anyone who exists in your address book can contact you. High: Only people that you have invited, talked to directly, or otherwise friended can contact you.
- Replay old messages – this can be really handy if you had a conversation involving facts, addresses, numbers, etc
What could improve:
- At times, in our experience, when using HeyTell using only cell signal, message delivery can be quite delayed and varies greatly. Sometimes I get the message right away, but at times not until 30 minutes later.
- The graphics could look a little prettier – still, they’re not bad at all especially for being free!!!
You should give HeyTell a try – it’s free so what do you have to lose? You can check out a quick video about how it works here on the HeyTell website. Pick it up in the iTunes app store today: HeyTell – Voxilate