Talkatone VoIP App: Free iPhone Google Talk Voice Calls Over 3G/WiFi

Okay Canada, this one’s for you. We were shut out of the Google Voice app in Canada, but a new app has hit the App Store that will let you make free VoIP calls via Google Talk. Called Talkatone, you can now make calls over 3G/WiFi from your iPhone using your Google Account. Here’s how they describe themselves:

Talkatone is truly social. It helps you to chat, talk or exchange location with your GTalk friends and it’s extremely lightweight.

We designed and created it for ourselves. We wanted an iPhone GTalk client to communicate freely and instantly. And our friends loved Talkatone. That’s why we want to share it with you.

Exchange messages on your iPhone or call your friends if you need a voice communication. Invite your friends to Talkatone, they will love it.

Talkatone is free. It’s a Social Phone, pure and simple.

iTunes description with instructions on how to set this up:

Can you talk over GTalk?

Talkatone is a free Google Talkâ„  and Google Voiceâ„  client with iOS4 backgrounding and local notifications which offers exciting Instant Messenger, Voice Calling over WiFi and 3G, and Location Sharing features. In less technical terms:

➤ Backgrounding and Local Notifications mean the app is always on, so when your friend sends you a message, you’ll get it right away (even if Talkatone is in background). Because really, who wants to receive a message about the most exciting game that is on TV right now, only when it is almost over (as push does)?
➤ Voice Calling over WiFi and 3G is, well, just that. Chat with your tech-savvy friends via GTalk about the great restaurant you’ve found or use Google Voice to call your bank to confirm a credit card charge. Or vice versa – if your bank is fancier than your friends (we hope not).
➤ Location sharing means you can send your actual location to your friends, and those of your friends who are cool (i.e. use this app) can send their location to you. No more wandering around the neighborhood looking for the restaurant where your date is (im)patiently waiting – just share location with each other and get to the exquisite food in a pleasant company in minutes!

A few important things to know:
☢ Using Talkatone requires an existing GMail account (Google Apps accounts supported too). You don’t need any “special” Talkatone account to use the app.

Some key features:
✆ Making calls to regular phones requires an existing Google Voiceâ„  account integrated with Google Talkâ„  and is available for U.S. and Canada users – please read below (Google Talk is available worldwide).
➤ Login using your GMail account directly to Google Servers over a secure connection.
➤ Portrait and Landscape modes supported.
➤ Voice Calls over 3G and WiFi with advanced codecs for superior voice call quality.
➤ Share your location in real time with your peers.
➤ Unique double-side coverflow navigation with support of swipe gestures for quick switching between open windows.
➤ Basic Bluetooth headset support.
➤ Double-tap top status bar to show the “Quick Menu”.

✆ To setup Google Voice to Google Talk integration you have to have Google Voice registered with your GMail email address.

â‘  Login to your GMail account on Mac or PC and sign in to chat there
â‘¡ Make at least one phone call from there using “Call phone” button. If you don’t have “Call phone” you may need to install Google Video chat plugin first.
❸ Optionally: To receive your Google Voice calls in Talkatone as VoIP you may login to your Google Voice account and click “Forward to Google Chat”.

Google Voice to Google Talk integration is available for all U.S. and Canada based GMail accounts and Google Apps accounts transitioned to the “New Architecture”.

For international availability of Google Voice and calling rates please contact Google, Inc directly.

✆ We do not recommend placing/receiving Google Voice VoIP calls over cellular (3G) networks, please use WiFi if possible.

Limitations of the current version – we work hard to eliminate them, but it just takes time:
No Video yet.
* Only 1 account at the time [yet].
* No Group chat [yet].
* No dedicated iPad interface [yet].
* We provide only basic VoIP Google Voice calling. For advanced features please use the official Google Voice application.

I tested this app with one of my Google Accounts and was able to call numbers with Talkatone. Your friends receiving your call will show caller ID for incoming Google Voice calls. The quality had a bit of a delay, but for a free call this is pretty neat.

What about security and logging in with your Google Account credentials? Talktatone says it’s completely secure:

We want to deliver a clear message which should not confuse, but help to understand details.
In short, we DO NOT collect any usernames or passwords on our servers and we DO NOT share them from Talkatone app. They only used to communicate with Google servers over secured connection.

Talkatone reminds me of Nettalk for making free calls to landlines. We’ve seen other amazing VoIP apps like Viber. Also, Tango will enable FaceTime over 3G/WiFi to other Tango users.

Tango for FaceTime over 3G/WiFi. nettalk for free calls to landlines. Viber for free VoIP calls to friends. Times are good for iPhone users!

Click here to download Talkatone and let me know what you think. It’s free!

[via @justinluey]

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  • AZ

    VoIP calls via Google Talk is the killer feature of this app. The rest is not new.
    Gtalk chat and gtalk voice was already available on Fringe or on other apps. Also, just like fringe, this doesn’t support invisible mode, it kicks you out to “available” mode if you are invisible on another client. The interface is kind of ugly, too. I would much rather prefer gtalk’s own web interface over this, which does support invisible mode. Another thing to note, is that, this doesn’t have push notifications, it only has local notifications. So, you only get message or call notifications when the app is running or is backgrounded. If you close down the app, or if iOS closes it down to make room for other apps in the memory, you won’t get notified.
    All that being said, it’s a keeper just for the VoIP calls feature.

  • Anonymous

    Yea….provided you have Google Talk to begin with………….

  • Kbsimnl

    Does it have the record coversation feature that GTalk does?

  • Josb0513

    Hello, I’m little confused now.
    Is there an app that does international landline calling over wifi or 3g for free?

  • Anonymous

    Personally I found that there’s very Lil delay if any over nettalk, I wonder how much better this app really is. Am gonna download it and check it out!

  • FT

    I just tried Talkatone and compared with Nettalk, Talkatone has lower sound quality (sound is a little staticky). However, in Talkatone’s favour, it automatically adds +1 to the phone numbers in your address book, which is very convenient.

  • Kamal

    Yes there is, google nettalk

  • Kamal

    Ouch, I didn’t see the word ‘international’. My bad. It’s free only within Canada and the US

  • Anonymous

    I agree, nettalk sounds way better, even on 3G still works usually, and talkatone keeps crashing with me, Thanx Gary but am sticking with nettalk for now :)

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    =)

  • Josb0513

    yea.. that’s what I’ve figured too. I guess I have to wait a bit longer :)

  • Hagow

    when i use this app to call my sister’s cell it shows the US Skype number I used to register Google Voice with. If she answers does she get billed for long distance? Anyway to disable call display on GoogleVoice?

  • Zahin_13200

    I am in sydney and i want to use this app to my family in canada… Can i do free calling….?
    I am bit confused with the info provided on Faq’s…..
    Thanks in advance….

  • Zahin_13200

    I am in sydney and i want to use this app to my family in canada… Can i do free calling….?
    I am bit confused with the info provided on Faq’s…..
    Thanks in advance….

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Yes.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Yes.

  • N_jiffry

    I’m confused!! It’s a free call for me but will it charge the person I’m calling as a long distance call?? Or wud it be a regular incoming call for them. Btw I’m in canafa

  • N_jiffry

    I’m confused!! It’s a free call for me but will it charge the person I’m calling as a long distance call?? Or wud it be a regular incoming call for them. Btw I’m in canafa

  • N_jiffry

    Can someone plz answer my question. If I’m in Canada and I’m calling a Canadian cell phone does the person I’m calling get charged as a US long distance call??

  • N_jiffry

    Can someone plz answer my question. If I’m in Canada and I’m calling a Canadian cell phone does the person I’m calling get charged as a US long distance call??

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    No. If they are in their home area, they won’t get charged. HTH

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    No. If they are in their home area, they won’t get charged. HTH

  • N_jiffry

    So if their in Canada Nd I call them it won’t charge?

  • Abe T

    works well when calling ,caller id is not my number.can it be corrected
    i live in montreal canada,some think its a marketer