Send voice messages with HeyTell for iPhone

HeyTell is an iPhone app that allows users to send voice messages to each other without actually making a phone. It's like texting, only voice.

I have not had a chance to try this out yet, but it comes highly recommended by a TiPb reader. [Thanks Matt!]

Details and screenshots after the break.

[App Store link]

Use HeyTell as a walkie talkie, intercom, or instant voice messaging system to send quick voice messages to friends and family with iPhones or iPods. Use the integrated geolocation feature to find your friends when they've given you bad directions and you're just around the corner!

  • Send and receive voice messages with other HeyTell users with the press of a single button
  • Voice messages are quicker than SMS—and free!
  • Very low data usage, no more than sending an email
  • Works on 3G, EDGE, 1X or WiFi
  • Superior audio quality: At 16 kHz, HeyTell delivers twice the frequency range of a cell phone call
  • Push notifications alert you whenever a voice message is received and the app is closed
  • Favorites: Favorite and export messages you like to email or Facebook!
  • Export messages you record to Facebook, Twitter, Email, and more!
  • Extras: Use the in-app purchase function to set alert tones, send messages to groups, change your voice, automatically expire and batch-delete messages, and add emojis to your name!
  • Quickly friend, unfriend, or block contacts. Adding contacts as friends ensures that you can always quickly find them by tapping the To: field and tapping "Friends."
  • Choose from three different privacy levels to control how users can contact you without an invite:
  • Low Privacy: Anyone who knows your contact information can connect with you without an invite.
  • Medium Privacy: Anyone who knows your contact information and is friends with one of your HeyTell friends can connect with you. Otherwise, they must invite you to connect.
  • High Privacy: No one can connect with you until you accept their invitation.
  • If you want to, share your location with selected contacts while you talk
  • Conversations can be saved and replayed offline, or deleted on-demand
  • All data and audio you transmit to HeyTell and your friends is encrypted in transit
  • Earpiece and speakerphone functionality: Press the SPEAKER button to toggle earpiece vs. speakerphone mode (If you find earpiece sound is too low, enable the speaker)
  • Supports iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices (2G and 3G iPod Touches require external microphone)
  • You do not need to share personal information to connect with HeyTell contacts. See and for more information about connecting without sharing phone numbers or email addresses!

HeyTell is available on the iPhone for free and has optional in-app purchases.

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Wally Fraser says:

I love this app... Been using it for the past few weeks. Use it a lot with co-workers so we don't have to stop and send a long text or make a quick phone call just to say one thing...

Tbro4033 says:

I like heytell an use it regularly. Only gripe is that you can't send texts from the app. I tried to talk my friends into switching to Voxer which has the walkie talkie function plus text msgs, but couldn't get them to switch. Overall, heytell is pretty good though

thebrain2u says:

It's really a great app. I use it with my friends and it works between iOS and Android, too. Very simple to use and actually pretty nifty when you just need to shoot off a quick message without having to make a phone call or text.

websyndicate says:

This app is about as useful as voicemail is. I never listen to voicemail I hate it.

SJ says:

Not a very useful comment since not everyone feels the same. But I digress...
If you're looking for a quick way to send a msg to someone, but either don't feel like texting, or can't text at the moment (i.e., when driving), HeyTell is pretty convenient; and of course the price is right (Free).

Jcal says:

Best way to get in touch with your friendly neighborhood drug dealer also

hermdog says:

If you like Heytell try Voxer.

Michaelzijn says:

A competition for Whatsapp!!

cosby01 says:

Heytell rocks. Use it every morning to chat with my best friend on the drive into work. Less dedicated than a phone call, more safe than texting.

James Curtis says:

I'd been using it for several months, mainly with my brother who's on an Android phone. We found it quite flakey, not delivering messages etc, so we'd end up SMS'ing to confirm our HeyTell got through. Since it just wasn't reliable, it was deleted.