HOW TO TURN YOUR SMARTPHONE INTO A WALKIE-TALKIE?

   -   October 2, 2020

Walkie-talkies are the gadget we all know and love. Generally used to coordinate teams in the field, they’re also super-handy for communicating with friends on a mountain bike ride or hike. Now, the development of Push-To-Talk (PTT) apps means you can recreate the walkie-talkie experience on your phone.

PUSH-TO-TALK APPS AKA PTT

 

If you’re wondering what a Push-To-Talk app is, the clue is in the name: You push. And talk! Basically, the exact same principle as a walkie-talkie. More specifically, Push-To-Talk apps allow you to set up discussion groups that you can speak to instantly, at the touch of a button. Unlike the traditional walkie-talkie, Push-To-Talk apps use 3G/4G/WiFi networks which limits their use to the areas covered but which also gives them unlimited range.

X-TALK, THE FREE WALKIE-TALKIE APP DEVELOPED BY CROSSCALL

 

At CROSSCALL, we have developed our own walkie-talkie app : X-TALK. Available on all Android smartphones, the app allows CROSSCALL users to create a discussion group and communicate instantly with its members. Once you have launched the app, X-TALK allows you to follow a discussion or directions without the need to hold your phone. Speaking couldn’t be simpler – at the touch of a button, it’s over to you. In fact, the new CROSSCALL smartphones are equipped with a specific PTT button for quick and easy access to the app. With X-TALK, you can also share your GPS location with the entire group.

CONFIGURING A PUSH-TO-TALK APP ON A PROGRAMMABLE BUTTON

 

If you have a CROSSCALL mobile or any other phone equipped with a programmable button, you can configure this button so that whenever you press it you can communicate directly in the group of your choice via your Push-To-Talk app.

 

To configure a Push-To-Talk app on a CROSSCALL smartphone:

– Go to Settings then Buttons

– Then in Dedicated button, click on the blue wheel next to Custom

– Select the Push-To-Talk app and you’re done!

 

To configure the button in the X-TALK app :

– Open the X-TALK app

– Click on the 3 dots located at the top right

– Then select “Configure PTT button”

– Follow the instructions