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KakaoTalk Messenger is more than a basic chat tool; it combines a number of features and tools to create a communication environment very much like a social network, but with a much greater emphasis on one-on-one and personal conversations. The app is designed for easy access to your contacts, combined with a number of additional tools to enhance your use of the service.
One of the most important things about KakaoTalk is the ability to connect with other users, so before you can use it, you must connect your phone number to an account. This requires a couple of verification steps, but when done, the app can access your contact list and check to see who you know that uses the app. You can then friend them and start chatting. Of course, there is far more to it than that. Chatting can be done in groups, in chat rooms, directly with people on your friend list, or via video or voice chat. You can also find people by ID search, QR code (scanning their phones), or shaking the phone near someone else with an account. Search tools exist, as well, but the dual verification system maintains privacy within the system. Other fun additions like items, themes, and a Plus-Friends list for celebrities and popular users are all welcome features.
It's no wonder that KakaoTalk is becoming increasingly popular with teenagers and younger adults who are jaded by the privacy issues that major social networks like Facebook tend to have. It is quick, mobile, and flexible enough to adjust to how you use the tool. For those that enjoy its use, there are many ways to do so.
No more texting overage, texting plans or any other hassles related to texting. KakaoTalk is a free smartphone messenger that allows users to send and receive messages including photos, videos, voice notes, and contact information through one-on-one and group chats internationally. CNets No. 1 Free Messaging App! Kakaotalk is fast, easy and fun. Hands-down the BEST smartphone messenger app! KakaoTalk has no fee, no hidden cost and no limitation unlike other similar apps.-----------------------------------------WHY KakaoTalk?25 Million Approve. Download it and find out what its all about!-----------------------------------------*FREE, UNLIMITED, GLOBAL: KakaoTalk uses WIFI or your existing data plan (3G) to let you send and receive unlimited texts, photos, videos and audios to other KakaoTalk users for FREE. No matter what country you or your friend live in, KakaoTalk works globally and there is not international charge. *UNLIMITED GROUP CHAT: Create groups on the go, invite as many friends as you want and chat all together at once. Unlike other apps, KakaoTalk has no limit to how many people you can invite in a group chat. Organizing a group activity made fun and easy!*NO DELAY: Send texts, photos, videos and voice notes in lightning speed. Plus, know instantly when the message is sent and read.*VOICE NOTE: Record your message with superb quality and send it to your friends with just a click. *NO HASSEL SIGNING UP: No registration, no extra phone number, no membership. Just download KakaoTalk, enter your phone number, confirm, and youre done! Simple as that~ *ADD FRIENDS AUTOMATICALLY: No need to manually invite friends and have them approve you. Your contacts will be automatically added to your KakaoTalk friends list straight from your phonebook. *SIMPLE & EASY: KakaoTalk is ultra-easy to use.*KAKAOTALK ID: Connect with people without sharing your phone number. Simply add them as your Kakao friends by entering their KakaoTalk IDs*NO ADS PeriodIf you have any feedback, questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at http://www.kakao.com/talk/en/contactFollow us at http://twitter.com/kakaotalk
What's new in this version: v2.8.1 Update- The following issues have been fixed: On iOS5 friends list not showing properly when choosing chat friends: app is forced to close in the middle of scrolling friends list or chat rooms: profile image not being able to be enlarged: photos and videos fail to be attached while exporting chat records to email: keyboard being shown as a black screen in chat roomsv2.8.0 Update- Support for Additional Languages (Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Thai, Turkish, German, French, Portugues... See all new features
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All versions:3.5 stars
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Current version:3.5 stars
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"Great app, I recommend everyone to check it out."
Version: KakaoTalk 2.8.1
KaKaoTalk offers a great VoIP service and it's 100% free regardless of who and where you call. Technically this could save you a lot from your phone bill. The only requirement is that both parties have registered to KaKaoTalk and have a KaKao ID (all free). You can even change your voice to be funny and surprise your friends.
KakaoTalk is also a great IM application allowing you to send voice messages, funny stickers, chats, pictures and more between friends.
Many K-Pop idol groups also have active accounts that you can connect with.
You are required to have a mobile number that you can verify. (You will be texted a verification code upon registering). Free texting apps (e.g. Google Voice, Pinger, etc.) may not be used to verify (this is done to prevent spam).
This service also lacks a video calling feature that is available on some competitor services.
KaKaoTalk is a great app that I would recommend anyone to try out!
It's such a good app."
Version: KakaoTalk 2.8.1
Very helpful chat system. I like it.
No cons in my opinion!
It's worthy of trying. You will like it.
"Good try but not up to competitors offerings"
Version: KakaoTalk 2.8.1
The interface is nice, operation is smooth and slick, additional free emoticons (time limited)
Big Fail -- ties you to one phone number on one device. Any change in phone number or device, you have to register again, wiping out your previous chat data. Not good!!! Happened to me when I changed carriers and upgrade my phone. This is a basic no-brainer for a good social messaging app -- the ability to cross multiple devices (phones, ipads etc) with the same ID.
Also I don't see why they have to split the chat messaging app (KakaoTalk) and the microblog (KakaoStory) -- you have to access each separately... where as competitors like WeChat has it all in one.
If they fix the phone/device registering issue (allow multiple numbers and devices), then I would give it 5 stars. Only reason I'm using it is to keep in touch with some friends. IMHO, WeChat and WhatsApp are much better.
"Almost there, but missing a key feature."
Version: KakaoTalk 2.8.1
Does just about everything a Chat system should do, including file transfers and group chats.
Strictly tied to your phone number and will delete your account info off of any other devices. With other systems like Google Talk I can have it open on my Phone, Tablet, and PC and answer from whatever device is handy. Cannot do that with Kakao making it very limited use for me (no phone at work so need it on PC, and at home I'm more often with my Tablet.).
Good Chat system but needs to allow access from multiple devices (Phone, Tablet, PC, etc) and should be more readily available across more devices.
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