Paltalk Messenger

Paltalk Messenger

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 882 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.2
  • Total Downloads:
    13,812,339
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 05, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.39MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    851
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #11 in Chat

Editors' Review

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Paltalk Messenger streamlines communication by putting instant messages, video chats, voice calls, and SMS all into a single user interface. While it may not be the most user-friendly program out there, it's certainly one of the more powerful.

If you've used an IM client like Trillian or Pidgin, then Paltalk's interface should feel familiar, with its vertical towerlike orientation, list of contacts, and status bar. The difference is that Paltalk does a lot more than those programs do--which is good. So, in addition to the typical IM contact list, there's a Chat Room panel, as well as a Phone & SMS panel, which lets you make voice calls and send texts. The problem is that using all of Paltalk's features is not always intuitive. The program has tons of drop-down menus, icons, and tabs cluttering each window, and very few explanations of functions. Also, watch out for the promotional content that Paltalk often serves up. For instance, I got messages telling me to Like Paltalk on Facebook, join specific chat rooms, and upgrade to a paid version. And then there's the Paltalk Today and Paltalk Notifier windows that sometimes make appearances. It can get a bit annoying, to say the least.

The Basic (free) version of Paltalk is ad-supported (banners) and comes with five texts and 100 voice call minutes (within the US and other select countries), all for free. For more texts or voice minutes, you'll have to pay on a per-use basis. In addition, you can upgrade your account to a Plus, Extreme, or VIP tier to get more features.

Paltalk's wide selection of chat rooms and active user community is among its best attributes. You can jump into G (general), R (rated-R), or A (adult) chat rooms, or create one of your own. Unfortunately, if you're on the free version of Paltalk, video in chat rooms is pretty much useless, since you only get a quick 10-second taste of Webcam functionality before it shuts off and asks you to upgrade. But what's great is you can video chat within a private message window, even with multiple participants. Also, there's a feature called SuperIM, which lets non-Paltalk users chat with you.

While Paltalk is certainly a versatile communications tool with tons of features, I think it's biggest strength is its chat. If you're interested in exploring chat rooms--public or private--or exchanging video instant messages with friends, I highly recommend you check this program out.

 
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4 stars

"Great Fun!"

March 23, 2012  |  By medication25

 |  Version: Paltalk Messenger 10.2

Pros

Easy to find friends because of the slew of chat rooms
Easy to use
great fun to waste a few hours browsing random chat rooms.

Cons

small ads in the free version, but hey suppose they gotta pay the bills! Small upgrade fee to remove them or do as I have and just ignore them lol

Summary

As a long time MSN chat user i had a look around to see what other video chat software was around and decided to check out Paltalk , I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and its great fun! Ive met lots of people from around the globe and made a few friends.

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1 stars

"Warning, not what it first seems."

March 06, 2012  |  By Lance B

 |  Version: Paltalk Messenger 10.2

Pros

Lots of chat rooms.

Cons

Sleazy chat rooms, terribly useless support, admins that will boot you out of a room for no reason, everything you do and say gets watched and zero security. No good for children so keep your kids away from it, it is full of porn and bogus people, both female and male.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.2
Version 10.2:
  • Worldwide Calling and SMS--100 minutes of free phone calls to US/UK/Canada/China/Brazil/India & Hong Kong.
  • Updated video chat room layout with extra large video layouts. Up to 4x larger than previous versions.
  • General
    Publisher A.V.M. Software
    Publisher web site http://www.Paltalk.com/
    Release Date March 05, 2012
    Date Added March 05, 2012
    Version 10.2
    Category
    Category Communications
    Subcategory Chat
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 2.39MB
    File Name pal_install_r132089.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 13,812,339
    Downloads Last Week 851
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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