Talkatone, the service that let you make phone calls over Wifi and 3G for free with Google Voice has expanded its offerings to Facebook with its new app release. The Talkatone iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad apps now let you call your Facebook friends using VoIP over Wifi and 3G networks and let you receive free push notifications for Facebook Chat, which are actually quite useful if you've long turned off Facebook SMS notifications (as you should).
"Use Talkatone to stay connected with your family, friends and business partners. Login with your Google Talk account and enjoy absolutely free voice calls and text instant messages. Configure your Google Voice to make calls to phone numbers in North America," reads the descripiton of the app.
iPhone/iPod touch interface:
- Free calls/texts on all iOS4 devices over WiFi or 3G
- High quality audio with voice compression
- Real-time location sharing
- Uses backgrounding mode and local notifications for instant call/text alerts
- Unbeatable FREE support within 24 hours.
(Internet provider data charges may apply)
- Calls to regular phones in US and Canada requires an existing Google Voice? account
- SMS is available for US users only
- Limited Bluetooth support on iPod Touch and iPad
"In order to use the Facebook calling features you need to download the Talkatone app, sign in using Facebook Connect and invite your friends to talk. The pretty annoying caveat is that whoever you're calling also needs to download the app in order to partake. Your simple request for a phone call posts the Talkatone invite to their wall with the message, "XXXX, I am calling you on Facebook from Talkatone. You can get it on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and call me back for free." It's incredibly spammy, which is I guess the price you pay for free phone calls."
While services like Jajah and Skype also lets you make voice calls over Facebook, creator Danis Dayanov said that what sets Talkatone apart is that Talkatone does not use cell minutes and instead relies on your data plan, only allowing people to call when they have Wifi or 3G. "In my ideal world phone numbers and cellular minutes will be obsolete," he says.
You can download the free Talkatone app from iTunes App Store.