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  • Version:
    5.5.7
  • Total Downloads:
    38,369
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.

Editors' Review

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Talkatone offers unlimited free in-app calls and texts. The app worked as promised for phone calls, but the calls weren't exactly crystal clear, and the recipient may not know who is calling based on the caller ID info provided. Text messages are another story.

Once Talkatone is installed, it will ask for access to your contacts. Also, Talkatone uses Google Voice to make the calls, so you have to be logged into your Google Account. (We have to wonder what Google thinks about the app makers using and profiting from its service, but that's for another time and place.) The interface will look familiar to you, with very similar Keypad, Contacts, Recents, and Favorites menus to select. Talkatone does introduce a Settings menu that includes Network Preferences for adjusting your call quality, though you'll have to pay for an upgrade to make certain changes. To make a call, we had to activate Google Voice or invite our contact to Talkatone. Activating Google Voice involved signing into our Google account through the app, and then clicking on the link that Talkatone sent to our e-mail, which we had to do on our computer. We went to our Contacts list and selected someone to call. The call to our recipient showed up as a mysterious number from Escondido, Calif., which is nowhere near our location. Once our caller picked up, we talked as usual, but couldn't help but notice the noise in the background. We then tried to send a text, but the app went through the same process of having us activate Google Voice, which we had already done. That being said, we were never able to get the app to work to send a text message.

The app does include a banner ad at the bottom of the screen, so you have to be careful not to tap on it. There is an option in the Settings menu to hide all ads, but it requires payment to upgrade. Talkatone works okay for regular phone calls -- that is, if you can get your recipient to pick up from a caller they don't recognize. However, if you're looking free text messaging, we recommend sticking with Apple's iMessage.

 
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.5.7
TIP: Talkatone no longer uses credits to call US or Canadian numbers. The rates for several other countries have been improved. Find out more at http://www.talkatone.com/yay. html5. 5. 7- Fixed a bug that was causing phantom message entries with no name or phone number to appear. Other pesky issues with duplicate messages were squashed. 5. 5. 6- Bug fixes5. 5. 5- A rare issue affecting iPads at startup has been corrected. The dialpad behaves better on large Plus sized phone screens. 5. 5. 4- Copy or share your Talkatone phone number with our new Share and Copy buttons. Go to the Settings tab and share that number with your friends and family. Several issues involving display of message history have been corrected. If you keep your Talkatone address book separate from your iOS contacts then Talkatone-only contacts were disappearing in 5. 5. 3. They weren't lost, but they were hidden. 5. 5. 4 brings them back to the Contacts tab. Some recent ads got a bit excitable about opening the App Store. We've had some words with them and hopefully they'll only launch when asked. 5. 5. 3- Some users were experiencing problems with messages showing a phone number or a name that doesn't match their contact lists. 5. 5. 3 resolves those issues. 5. 5. 2- If you've been having trouble with calls saying "Detecting Network Configuration" and not going through we sincerely apologize. 5. 5. 2 corrects that, and comes with all of the great stuff that 5. 5. 1 added below. 5. 5. 1- iOS 10 is here and there's lots of great stuff available. We've gone through the whole app and tuned it for iOS 10's new features and UI. But we didn't leave iOS 9 users out, we love both groups equally. Notifications of calls and texts in particular are improved for iOS 9 users. Connecting to calls is faster across the board. We're not saying there IS a new secret narwhal somewhere in the UI but we aren't saying there ISN'T, either. Now that domestic calls are free and unlimited some screens got some new UI polish.
General
Publisher TalkMe.IM
Publisher web site http://www.talkatone.com
Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version 5.5.7
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Social Networking Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Download Information
File Size 56.5MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 38,369
Downloads Last Week 115
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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