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There are plenty of apps to send text messages and photos to your friends, but what about voice messages? The idea with HeyTell is, instead of calling or sending a text message to a friend, you can send an instant voice mail--as long as your friend has HeyTell installed. Start by touching the green-on-white person-shaped icon to add people from your contact list. You also have the option to connect HeyTell to your Facebook account, but we wonder whether people really want everyone they've ever known sending them voice mails. When selecting friends from your iPhone contact list, HeyTell offers a premade invite you can send via text message to have your friend download the free app.
Using HeyTell is obviously a different way to communicate--replacing text messages with voice mails--and it is definitely fun to hear how people respond to rapid-fire voice messages. The interface plays into the fun: to send a voice mail, you simply press the big orange Hold and Speak button and HeyTell records your message until you let go, kind of like using a walkie-talkie. The app keeps all of your shared replies so you can go back and listen to individual messages. You can even save favorite messages to enjoy later.
Beyond its main functions, HeyTell offers a few for-pay Extras (tab on the bottom right of the interface). For $1.99 each, you can add a Voice Changer to create silly-sounding messages; Emoji support to add fun icons to your name (seems overpriced to us); Message Wipe to have messages expire after a specified amount of time; and (for $2.99) Group Broadcast, which lets you send out voice messages to your designated groups of friends. We only downloaded the Voice Changer add-on, but were honestly not very impressed by the results. Any one of these purchases will turn off the in-app ads, but the ads are pretty easy to tune out when using HeyTell.
Overall, HeyTell is an interesting way to communicate and is definitely more efficient than sending text messages. If you like the idea of quick voice mails to get your point across, you should definitely check out this free app.
HeyTell is a cross-platform voice messenger that allows you to instantly talk with friends and family. No account neededjust start the app, choose a contact, and push the button to start talking!- Send and receive voice messages with other HeyTell users with the press of a single button- Voice messages are quicker than SMSand free!- Very low data usage, no more than sending an email- PUSH NOTIFICATIONS alert you whenever a voice message is received and the app is closed * TIP: If you did not enable Pushes on initial install, open the Apple Settings app, select Notifications, ensure it's set to On, select HeyTell, and ensure that Badges and Alerts are both set to On.- Works on 3G, 4G, EDGE, 1X or WiFi (i.e., any Internet connection)- Superior audio quality: At 16 kHz, HeyTell delivers twice the frequency range of a cell phone call- Favorites: Favorite and export messages you like to email or Facebook!- Export messages you record to Facebook, Twitter, Email, and more!- Extras: Use the in-app purchase function to set alert tones, send messages to groups, change your voice, automatically expire and batch-delete messages, and add emojis to your name! - Quickly friend, unfriend, or block contacts. Adding contacts as friends ensures that you can always quickly find them by tapping the To: field and tapping "Friends."- Choose from three different privacy levels to control how users can contact you without an invite: + Low Privacy: Anyone who knows your contact information can connect with you without an invite. + Medium Privacy: Anyone who knows your contact information and is friends with one of your HeyTell friends can connect with you. Otherwise, they must invite you to connect. + High Privacy: No one can connect with you until you accept their invitation.NOTE: Carriers may charge you & your recipient for SMS invites, but email invites & Low privacy direct connections should be free.- If you want to, share your location with selected contacts while you talk * TIP: To send your location information to a contact, you must have the Maps page open (tap the Target button) when you send the HeyTell message. For privacy reasons, HeyTell does not send your location unless you approve and have Maps open.- Conversations can be saved and replayed offline, or deleted on-demand * TIP: Swipe left or right on the conversation and click the DELETE button to delete messages.- All data and audio you transmit to HeyTell and your friends is encrypted in transit- Earpiece and speakerphone functionality: Press the SPEAKER button to toggle earpiece vs. speakerphone mode (If you find earpiece sound is too low, enable the speaker)- Supports iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices (2G and 3G iPod Touches require external microphone)- You do not need to share personal information to connect with HeyTell contacts. See http://heytell.com/privacy and http://heytell.com/faq for more information about connecting without sharing phone numbers or email addresses!Use HeyTell as a walkie talkie, intercom, or instant voice messaging system to send quick voice messages to friends and family with iPhones or iPods. Use the integrated geolocation feature to find your friends when they've given you bad directions and you're just around the corner!Problems or questions? - Check out our FAQ at http://heytell.com/faq- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! - Follow us on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/heytell- "Like" us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/heytell!* TIP: IF YOU GET AN "INBOX FULL" message, there's no need to delete the app or messages: This just means that your friend has to listen or reply to the messages you sent before you can continue to send them messages. Once they listen or respond, you can keep on talking!
What's new in this version: We added an optional "Beep When Recording" option that plays a tone when you start and stop recording! To activate the beep, open the Settings app and then tap HeyTell (you'll find the Bluetooth and Pause Background Music options there, too!).We fixed a bug that prevented some users from leaving an app review.
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"Nice for calling others with HeyTell and iPhones, but"
Version: HeyTell 2.3.0
Works...if you are calling someone who has HeyTell installed in their phone.
Does not work...if you are calling anyone who does not have HeyTell installed in their phone.
I want to be able to send voice messages and not have to worry if the person has installed HeyTell. My Verizon "semi-smart" phone has been able to do that as a built in functionality for over two years. Maybe iOS 5 will bring this functionality to the iPhone as a built in feature too. Anyone know?
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