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.
Free calls & texts via WiFi or cellular data, no cell minutes usedFree inbound calls, free SMS/MMS texting, free monthly outbound minutes Unlimited free in-app calls & texts with pictures and group messagingFREE LOCAL U.S. PHONE NUMBERGet a free U.S. phone number of your choice, make and receive free texts and calls to U.S. phone numbers, including landlines. If you dont have a cell phone plan, Talkatone can be your only phone.CALLING & TEXTING TO REGULAR PHONESAll SMS/MMS texting and inbound calls are always free. You get free outbound minutes every month. If you run out of your free outbound minutes you can easily purchase additional minutes for a very low price.CHEAP INTERNATIONAL CALLSCall your loved ones overseas without paying exorbitant rates.IN-APP CALLS & TEXTSTruly unlimited free Talkatone-to-Talkatone calls and texts anywhere in the world, including picture messaging. Invite friends and family to Talkatone, talk as long as you want, send thousands of texts, share photos or videos.TRAVELING OVERSEASTake your iPhone, iPod or iPad with you when you travel. Call and text U.S. phone numbers on WiFi without paying outrageous roaming charges. EARN CREDITSAchieve effectively free unlimited calling, including international, by completing simple and easy free offers.TURN YOUR IPAD OR IPOD INTO A PHONECall and text friends and family from your iPad or iPod with Talkatone. No cell plan required.IMPORTANT NOTESTalkatone does not support 911 emergency calling or texting.Carrier data charges may apply. Contact your carrier for more information.CONTACT USWe are happy to get your feedback and help you solve any Talkatone issues. Just email us at email@example.com, and we'll get back to you promptly.More info: www.talkatone.com
What's new in this version:
Group MMS: external group messaging including pictures with all major carriers.
Version: Talkatone - Free Text Messaging, Free Phone Voice Calls and Free SMS App 3.7.1
1. Simple user interface, yet feature packed.
2. Excellent call quality.
2. Love the way it utilizes my favorites group on my phone (Android)
1. Rather minor for me, but I cannot modify the voice mail greeting
2. Appears that calls that the person hangs up, instead of allowing it go to VM, are then recorded as a VM. So I get several VM recordings, where I hear the greeting.
I no longer have cell phone service, but I still have my phone (Android). I'm always in an area with free Wi-Fi access. I use TalkaTone, in conjunction with Google Voice, and Call+. My TalkaTone # is setup to be one of the numbers to ring when someone calls me on my Google Voice #. So now when someone calls me on my Google Voice #, my TalkaTone app rings. I registered my Google Voice # with Call+, so when I make a call, my Google Voice # registers on the person's Call ID display. Although a bit cumbersome, having to pay no cell service, but still being able to make/receive calls/text on 1 phone number is perfect. And with the law allowing phones, even with no service, to be able to make emergency 911 calls, I have no worries in case I need to make a 911 call.
My God how far we have come in such a short time. To where a dead useless unless chained to a data plan "by law" phone can be a traveling land line that texts.
Pros wow where to start.
wifi is everywhere even more so in mcds starbucks and a million other places. Hell I have seen free wifi in bars lately. So unless you NEED to be 100% wireless and like me love the idea of 500 minutes for $8 bucks and being a slave to no one. Get this APP.
I was skeptical to and am extremely tech savvy. What made me try it? You can use 1 dollar to test it. Thats right a buck! If it doesnt work f it. But it did! This is life changing technology.
Big bro will crush it eventually. Also the ringer is awful?
Version: Talkatone - free phone calls and SMS texting app with Google Voice 2.2.3
If I want to make good use of my Google Voice account and my cell # while I'm pseudo occupied on my tablet, this is the answer. We can do that without emphasizing the uber nerd that I am, in public. 8). A free subscription or $1.99/mo won't kill you - you're being efficient.
This is real cool. 'cause it looks to be the only tablet VoIP app that doesn't require the people you're communicating with to install it for everything to work.
I'm still experimenting with it, but the call quality leaves something to be desired.
I was thinking about unsubscribing, but for the price, I can't say no; it's too good of a deal.
Version: Talkatone - free calls, SMS texting and IM chat (Facebook and VoIP Google Voice). 1.3
1. Very easy to setup 2. Even works for the iPad, iPod Touch and other select portable media players (Android based) 3. Perfect for global travelers who don't have a SIM based cell phone but can use WIFI to make calls. 4. 100% FREE! (That is unless Google decides to charge subscription rates for Google Voice someday)
1. Unable to receive incoming calls to non-smartphone devices (iPad, iPod Touch, etc), or deactivated smartphones.
I have an Android phone that is currently not serviced by a carrier, but it can do everything else via a WIFI connection, including make calls over WIFI via Talkatone. But it would great if it could receive calls. As it stands, you can only setup your current, active smartphone to receive Google Voice/Talkatone calls because it requires the use of your cell phone number to forwards the calls to.
I leave the call quality off the Pros & Cons, because it really depends on the internet connection at the time of the call, so everyone could have different call experiences. Personally, I've had good and not-so-good sounding calls, but the good have certainly outweighed the bad ones. It's not perfect, but it serves a purpose and does it well.
Updated on Mar 29, 2012
CORRECTION: I must delete that previously mentioned CON! You absolutely CAN enable an iPod Touch, or iPad, or my case, an off-service Android phone to receive incoming calls. So now, this Droid has become my home phone.
Updated on May 2, 2012CORRECTION: You absolutely CAN set it up to receive incoming calls to non-smartphone devices (iPad, iPod Touch, etc), or deactivated smartphones.
You can actually use Call+. Call+ requires you to use a phone # to activate it. I used my Google Voice #. So when you make a call using Call+, it shows up as your Google Voice # on the other callers display. Since you already setup your TalkaTone # as one of the numbers to ring on Google Voice, now when receive a call on your Google Voice #, your TalkaTone phone rings. Although you're using 2 apps (TalkaTone & Call+), you only have to distribute 1 phone number (Google Voice).