December 26, 2011

Vic Mahfood

Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT

Developer Quote: "Use Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT and turn your phone into a Walkie Talkie. Don't waste time on phone calls and voicemails."

- COST: Free    - APP STORE STARS: 4-1/2
- Categories: Communications, Lifestyle, Messaging, Native, Social Networking

Christmas came and went quicker than the blink of an eye. Today, I've had so many people ask if Santa had treated me well, and I've not come up with a glib and easy answer! Okay, so I didn't get an iPhone 4S (bah humbug!), but I've redoubled my efforts at finding cool apps to take my mind off that sad fact! I found Voxer® while surfing the App Store and was pretty impressed with its neat function of acting as a walkie-talkie. In fact, Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT is a walkie-talkie app whereby you can send instant audio, text, photo and location messages to one or several friends. The interesting thing is that the recipient of your calls may listen to your message instantaneously while you talk (walkie-talkie style), or hear them later in a sort of voice-mail fashion. Some of the features of Voxer are as follows:

- Live walkie-talkie
- Cross Platform Messenger
- Voice, Text, Photos and Location can be added to your messages
- Group chats
- Works over WiFi, 3G and any other data network
- Get notifications for new messages
- Create messages even offline
- Play voice messages
- Connect with Facebook friends
Sign up quickly when you start Voxer. I used my Facebook ID to do this, and the app quickly found friends who used Voxer that were on my Facebook or Contacts list. Tap the menu block icon on the top, right side of your display to see options such as: Find Friends, Start a Group, Invite Friends, Profile, Settings and Support. I found friends and invited several to walkie-talk with me. The Settings button gives options to Share Location, Hold and Talk (a must for me), Sort by First Name or First Name First. Definitely check out the Help section in the Support tab as you will find useful questions and answers located there. Voxer is pretty neat to use for Group talking also and makes it convenient when arranging or meeting at a certain location. I find Voxer particularly helpful in an international setting. For instance, if your friend lives overseas, and you don't want to pay long-distance charges, use this app to make simple conversation with him or her if you don't feel like a full-blown Facetime conversation, or paying for a long distance call.

To talk, just tap the friend's name in your new Voxer list, then tap the Hold and Talk bar at the bottom of your display (be sure to wait a couple seconds before you talk). The message is received instantly by the recipient who can then respond to you by repeating the same steps. Send a Photo, Text or Location when you talk also, if you wish. This 2-way conversation can go on as long as you like. If you are not available to talk, the message will remain in the app for you to check later. The speaker box at the top of your display allows you to use Handset or Speaker, Delete Chat or Mark All Heard. Voxer is definitely an innovative and useful app which can be enjoyed cross-platform with friends at any time, with all voice and conversation messages being free of charge.
COOL CONCLUSION: "Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT is a fun and efficient way to communicate when you need to get a quick message out, but don't want to get tied up in a long phone call."
--Date/Version: Updated 12/15/11 - Version 2.3.7
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Developer: Voxer LLC

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