Talkatone is a free iPhone app that lets you make and receive phone calls over Wi-Fi or 3G using Google Voice.
Talkatone is a free Google Talk℠ and Google Voice℠ client with iOS4 backgrounding and local notifications which offers exciting Instant Messenger, Voice Calling over Wi-Fi and 3G, and Location Sharing features. via iTunes
Google Voice is not a VOIP service. It is a call forwarding service. If you use Google Voice to make a phone call with your iPhone, Google Voice connects your iPhone to the number called and you use your cellphone minutes.
While you can make and receive phone calls over Wi-Fi on your desktop with the Google Video chat plugin, you can’t make VOIP phone calls on your iPhone with Google Voice. Well, that is until now.
Talkatone is a free iPhone app that lets you make and receive phone calls over a WiFi or 3G connection using Google Voice.
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What you need
- The free app from iTunes: Talkatone app
- A Gmail account
- A Google Voice account.
- You will need to install the Google Video chat plugin and make at least one phone call from your desktop. Refer to these instructions if you need help installing the plugin and making a phone call: How To Make And Receive Phone Calls On Your Desktop With Google Voice
How to make a VOIP call on your iPhone using Talkatone and Google Voice
Step 1: Launch the iPhone app and sign in with your Google or Google Apps account. You do not need a Talkatone account.
Step 2: Double tap the “Contacts” button at the top of the screen and select “VOIP Call”
Press the Google Voice icon at the bottom of the screen to open the dialpad.
Step 3: Dial the number on the dialpad or select a contact from your address book. The app integrates with your phone’s contacts. Just click the “address book” button on the top right of the screen and select a contact.
That is it!
You can make and receive phone calls on your iPhone over Wi-FI or 3G using Google Voice!
Talkatone also allows you to chat with and send your location to any of your Google contacts. Just click on their name and you can chat, call, or send your location to any of your contacts.
Google Voice is a great way to route and manage your phone calls, text messages, and voicemail. It just got better now that you can easily make phone calls on your desktop with Google’s video chat plugin and on your iPhone with Talkatone.
Sign up for Google Voice if you haven’t already: www.google.com/voice.
You can download the Talkatone app from iTunes here: Talkatone app