There are many messenger apps available for Windows Phone 7, but not all of them are cross-platform, and even fewer let users communicate via voice messages. HeyTell is a popular messenger app that has been around for iOS and Android for quite a while, and now it has made its way to the Metro platform as well. Using the app, you can stay in touch with your friends, regardless of the platform they are on. Not only that, the app also finds users near your current location, and lets you send them recorded voice messages (via push-to-talk). The app comes with all the usual messenger options, and you can share your location with messages as well as managing attachments and conversations in distinct threads.
The sign up procedure for HeyTell is pretty simple. All you need to enter is your email address or phone number, along with a username for your account. To add friends to HeyTell, you can either use their email ID, connect via a phone number or through an app-specific code. Once you are connected, you can start recording and sharing voice messages with your contacts. To do so, just choose a contact, and you will be taken to their chat page, showing the current location of the other person on a map (given that they have chosen to share their location). If you want to share your own location there are couple of requirements that need to be followed before you can do anything. You will have to enable location sharing from the app’s settings menu, and in order to make things even more airtight your location will only be shared if you have the map running in the background. So when everything is configured properly and you want to start talking, you just have to hold the big button at the bottom of the screen and speak your message. The message will be recorded and sent immediately to the other user.
You can also add contacts to your Favorites list, so that you don’t have to search for frequently used contacts every time you want to chat them. HeyTell is pretty similar to the sound clip sharing service Voice Share, but unlike the former, Voice Share isn’t designed to be used as a messenger. HeyTell, like the service itself, is absolutely free. Download it from the web Marketplace link provided below.