Have you ever wished that you could utilize a PTT service free of charge or without having to go purchase a Boost Mobile pre-paid phone? Well now you can with a cross-platform voice messenger known as “HeyTell” that allows you to instantly talk with friends and family. HeyTell is an “Instant Voice Messaging” system that allows users to connect in a manner similar to a push-to-talk radio handset. It supports different privacy levels as well as a friends list and geolocation. One of the best things about it is that it is supported across not only IOS (which seems to be the norm) but also Android, BlackBerry and Windows. Once you download the app no account needed, you’d just enter in your name on the set-up screen. Afterwards just start the app, choose a contact, and push the button to start talking! In order to choose a contact you may send them an invitation link by either sending a text message to a saved contact in your phone or by email address. Either way they will get an invite and link to HeyTell which they can begin using almost immediately. They will simply enter their desired “name” on the set-up screen. It’s simple as that. Once you created your friends list you may begin talking with them by selecting or highlighting their name and pressing the “hold and speak” button down. When finished with your brief message just remove your finger from the button and HeyTell does the rest.
You have the ability to choose from three different privacy levels to control how users can contact you without an invite:
✓ Low Privacy: Anyone who knows your contact information can connect with you without an invite.
✓ Medium Privacy: Anyone who knows your contact information and is friends with one of your HeyTell friends can connect with you. Otherwise, they must invite you to connect.
✓ High Privacy: No one can connect with you until you accept their invitation.
HeyTell offers a variety of options in the setup other than the ones mentioned above such as what (if any) email address and/or # to make it easier for friends to find you. In addition you have control over whether you want to receive notifications when app is not running, whether messages expire automatically after 300 days and whether you decide to (if you choose to do so) share your location with selected contacts while you talk.
So in conclusion I would say that if you’ve ever hoped for a way to send voice messages to your friends without making a phone call, your wish has been granted. The application available through not only IOS and Android but also Black Berry and my personal favorite Windows called “Hey Tell” allows you to record a quick voice message and instantly send it to friends as they would typically do for a text message. Similar to a walkie talkie, this app is perfect for users (like me) who may want to send a quick message to a friend or co-worker without having to carry on a long drawn out conversation.