US based communications software developer, Ooma, has relaunched its Talkatone app, a consumer mobile app that provides free calling and texting over Wi-Fi or a mobile data connection, in New Zealand, Australia and a handful of other countries (Germany, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, UK).
Talkatone is claimed to be the first mobile phone app to provide universal, out-of-network group messaging and the ability to block unwanted calls and texts and record personalised voicemail greetings. It was previously available in only in the US and Canada, and still only offer US and Canadian phone numbers with the service.
Talkatone provides free texting and calling for Android and iOS mobile devices. Registered Talkatone users get a free US or Canadian phone number, free SMS and MMS messaging, universal group picture messaging and up to 60 minutes per month of free outbound calling. Users can also purchase credits to increase their calling minutes. The iOS and Android versions are available from the respective app stores and support universal group messaging.
Ooma claims to combine HD call quality and innovative features with mobile applications for reliable anytime, anywhere calling. In the US it offers an Internet VoIP device, the Telo, and claims to have been ranked the number one home phone service for overall satisfaction and value for five consecutive years by “the leading consumer research publication.” However it does not name this publication when making this claim.