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Vtok is a messaging and audio- and video-calling app for the iPhone and iPad, available free from iTunes. Using a browser plug-in you can also use Vtok on a Mac or PC. You can use a Google ID to identify yourself to Vtok, although Vtok is not a Google-provided service.
From the Vtok's clean interface you can select the person you want to chat or talk with from a list of contacts, or dial that person's number using the keypad, and then the connection is made. A small bar of icons at the bottom of the screen lets you control voice and video calls, including a small popup window for your feed. For chats, there are a number of emoticons and other artwork you can add to your messages, and you can transfer files easily. As with any such tool, the quality of the calls is dependent on the data transfer rate, but over Wi-Fi we had excellent quality. Vtok stays online in the background so incoming calls notify you by sound. Our only complaint about the app is the color palette, which is varying shades of green: novel at first glance it gets old fast. Also we had to reestablish our contacts list, as Vtok didn't import from our other calling app.
Our testing with Vtok showed this to be a nice app, with features and quality comparable to some of the more entrenched players in this field. With over 3 million users, Vtok is catching on fast. Vtok stacks up feature-by-feature to similar utilities, but whether it compares to the big players in the field is more a personal choice than anything.
+ Google Talk Chat, Video and Voice calls on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch+ Free phone calls and SMS texts using Google Voice.Vtok has been downloaded millions of times. Thanks a lot to all our users!!FEATURES+ Video calls, voice calls and text chat (IM) with Google Talk users and other Vtok users+ Free chat with picture messaging, emoticons and virtual gifts.+ Stay connected. Receive calls and chat messages in background.+ No account to sign-up. Just login with your Google/gmail account and start talking+ Works over Wi-Fi and 3G+ Works on all iOS devices with a camera. Devices supported are iPhone5, iPhone4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and iPod Touch.+ Choose whether or not to use video in a call. You can also enable or disable video during a call+ Choose between front and back camera on your device+ Invite/add contacts from within the app.+ Free unlimited phone calls and SMS messages using Google Voice. (For users with a Google Voice accounts only, requires an in-app purchase)Text chat features+ Free text chat and call notifications when in background.+ Send and receive pictures.+ Emoticons+ Easily insert commonly used phrases from a list during chat.+ In-app browser for use during a chat session+ Customizable chat backgrounds+ Send virtual gifts via chat messages+ Share your location while chatting+ Multi-language support for chat messages.+ Clickable links and copy and paste text from chat messages.Vtok users can call users of Google Video and Voice Chat users on a computer (Mac or a PC). To enable calls between Vtok and a computer:- Install a browser plugin on the computer from: http://www.google.com/chat/video- Ensure that in gmail, you DO NOT have the new hangouts experience enabled. If you do, choose "Revert to old chat" from the list of options next your photo on the left.Please enable sounds and alerts for Vtok from under Settings -> Notifications -> Vtok.Please note1. Vtok is an application that interoperates with Google Video and Voice Chat and Google Voice but is not endorsed by Google.2. Free phone calls and SMS are for US users and you must have a Google Voice account to use this service. PrivacyPlease be assured that we DO NOT use your account password for anything other than authenticating you with Google. And they are also sent to Google on a secure channel.
What's new in this version:
+ Free unlimited phone calls and texts using Google Voice, for all. Existing paid GV users will not see any ads.