I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of text messaging. Granted, I text a lot anyway, and I see why it’s a valuable asset to have nowadays. It makes it super-easy to send a message, even if you’re in a crowded movie theatre – or anywhere else it’s not feasible to talk.
The thing that turns me off from text messaging is that I’m not efficient at it. I can’t type as fast as the average 12-year old, and my fingers are stubby so I can’t always hit the right keys. But, more often than not, I’m the recipient of a text message where my response is a borderline mini-novel. Questions like “What are you doing tonight?” or “How was the movie last night?” can turn into nightmares to respond to, since I may not always have a concise answer. Let’s not even bring tone into the equation – I’ve received joke texts that suddenly turn into serious business. Why? Simple; text messages don’t convey your tone. It’s a coin flip sometimes whether your friend is angry or just playing around.
Enter in HeyTell, the free App for Android or iPhone. HeyTell turns your mobile phone into a texting walkie-talkie. You can send voicemails just like you send text messages. Once you and a friend have the app and connect, simply click their name, press ‘Hold to speak,’ and talk like you were on speakerphone. Once you let go it sends the message to your friend, who can listen and reply at their leisure. Awesome, right?
If you’re a talker like me, this app is right up your alley. It will cut you off if you talk more than around a minute and a half (which I fall victim to a lot), it does use a tiny bit of data, and it will be slow to connect sometimes (based on your internet connection) but it works like a charm.
Download it now from your app store of choice, and check it out for yourself. For a demo, head to http://heytell.com/front.html. Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll be outlining another ‘can’t miss’ free program that will help you show others your point of view.
Until next time,