Do you remember the days of pay-as-you-go phones, when you had to check your balance every time that you wanted to send a message? No? Well, that’s because you’re younger than me, you lucky things, you… 4talk eliminates that issue and so many more with its free cloud messaging service, including unlimited group chats, multi-device syncing and a proximity sensor on its voice message playback, so an old fogey like me can hear private messages without a hearing aid.
The free cloud messaging service is similar to a lot of its contemporaries, although its smooth, no-nonsense appeal gets rid of a lot of the fuss that seems to accompany its peers (that shall not be named, although they know who they are). The bright blue graphics are appealing and the smooth, intuitive interface makes it a joy to use – even technophobes are going to love this one. The regular features of a messaging service are all here, such as text and photo messaging, a nice array of stickers and smileys for the young at heart and you can collate several of your buddies’ chat streams into one group so you can all share the same jokes, gossip and party invitations.
So far, so good. However, the app’s key appeal lies in the syncing across devices – if you want to continue a text or photo stream that you began on your smartphone when you are at your computer, all you have to do is load the app and all of the conversations are there in real time. Perfect for those who still want to chat when they’re at work and don’t want their boss to see them tapping away at their phone!
If your boss does catch you using the app during work hours, you always have an excuse – because 4talk allows you to share files (up to 1GB), you can send documents, pictures, links, zips, etc. to clients and business partners. Or a funny meme to your buddies. Your choice.
As a cloud-based service, 4talk stores all of your information way up in the, uh, clouds; as well as a strict ‘no spam’ policy, the app’s developers, 4talk Global Inc, make security paramount, so your private chats stay, well, private.
As I mentioned before, I particularly like the voice message playback on my iPhone, the proximity sensor allowing an element of privacy into your conversation, a bit like ushering your friend into the corner of a room for a quiet discussion (this service is only available on iPhone – don’t start tilting your computer towards your head or your boss will think you’ve really lost it…whether you’re talking to a ‘client’ or not).
The concept of taking your conversations with you is a particularly pertinent one in this globalised world of instant communication; the fact that you can continue any chat stream from any of your devices means that 4talk is an essential app for any truly social being…and isn’t that all of us?