Zello: Turns Your Phone Into a Walkie-Talkie!

Tue 29 May 2012 14:00, Vitto Christaldi

Zello: Turns Your Phone Into a Walkie-Talkie!

This new app is very hot! You know, nowadays you have all these free chat mobile apps; Whatsapp for example. Whatsapp is very convenient, and most importantly, it is free! However, lots of people hate to type with their phones. I hate it too! I prefer to do a paid call, than to waste my time typing to my friends on Whatsapp! But last week I found an app called ZELLO that enables me to talk to my friend, for free!

Zello is a walkie-talkie app. Yes, you heard me right, a walkie-talkie app! Just like a real Walkie-Talkie, Zello works in two-way PTT radio mode, but it uses 3G or Wi-Fi instead. All you need to do is add your friend and talk while pushing the speak button. So easy! I did a little experiment last week and apparently it took about 3 seconds to receive the message after you talk.

Before Zello, this app used to be called Loudtalks. Loudtalks was developed by a team of Russian programmers, with Alexey Gavrilov as the CEO. In February 2012, Gavrilov decided to team up with Bill Moore, renamed the app to “Zello”, and relocated their base to Dallas; while the teams work in St. Petersburg and Texas. Gavrilov and Moore used to work together at TuneIn, a mobal radio-app that was founded by Moore in 2002.

On Zello, not only you can have an indirect one-on-one talk, you can also create a channel where everyone can listen and talk OR everyone can listen but only you may talk. Fun fun fun, I love this app!

However, last week I forgot to turn off the Zello before I went to sleep, and guess what, one of my friends screamed to me on Zello and it woke me up! So one good lesson to everyone, never forget to turn off Zello before you are going to sleep, or at the meeting for instance, because you don’t want your colleagues to hear your friends talking silly stuff to you!

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