How to turn your smartphone into a walkie-talkie?


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

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