Any good Talkatone Replacement For Calls Over 4G/LTE?

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  1. solo118 macrumors 65816

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    So for the past few years, whenever I left the country I have relied on Talkatone which uses my Google Voice number to make calls over 4G to save on international phone call costs (I usually use a foreign sim card with loads of Data)

    I just found out that Talkatone discontinued their Google Voice support as of May 2014. :eek:

    Would anyone know of another app that would allow my Google Voice number to work over data (not wifi, as I will not have wifi all the time)

    If not, I am willing to change to a new service that would work over 4G/LTE as long as I can get a local NYC number and SMS will work as well (MMS is a plus!) If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!

    Thank you in advance for any assistance!
     
  2. HobeSoundDarryl, Jan 14, 2015
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    HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    Talkatone didn't discontinue their Google support. Google terminated Talkatone (and others) use of Google Voice.

    There is not a good, whole replacement that is free.

    However, since you like Google Voice, the Google Hangouts app is Google's version of Talkatone in that you can make calls through it using the same Google Voice underpinnings. It's not nearly as nice as Talkatone but it does work for free calls. If you also liked Talkatone text messaging, Hangouts won't replicate that.

    Talkatone does have their internal replacement where you can get a new number and still use Talkatone. However, it's not as free as it was when they used Google Voice. That may be your best option for both local number, voice and texting.

    If you happen to use VOIP at home, check your home phone company. Mine- (the dreaded) Comcast- has an app (Xfinity Connect) that is similar to Talkatone for both voice and texting. It works pretty well but is not quite Talkatone.

    Otherwise, there are several paid VOIP apps that are kind of a Talkatone Pro. Look to the Line 2 app as one such example but again, it's not free service.
     
  3. solo118 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I do not mind if it is not free, i just want to ensure calls are made over data (not wifi) when I travel overseas. Talkatone claims I can port my GV number which is great, I just want to be sure it's a reliable service as I use GV for Craigslist deals.
     
  4. HobeSoundDarryl, Jan 14, 2015
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    HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    Many of these options will have a free trial. I'd say go that way to verify quality before laying out any cash.

    Talkatone does make an explicit claim about working while traveling overseas in the iTunes Store description.

    Line2 and Truphone (both paid VOIP) tend to have strong reviews.
     
  5. solo118 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks
    Line2 is $9.99/mo (no thanks)
    Truphone- No texting ability (might be wrong on that) also no local number.
     
  6. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    Looks like Talkatone continues to be the best fit for you. It doesn't use Google Voice anymore but you can move your GV number to their system.
     

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