HeyTell: A Better Way To Send Messages
Recently I stumbled across an app that has some useful functions (especially for youth pastors). The app is called “HeyTell” and it’s available for both iOS and Android mobile devices. Essentially, it fills the gap between a phone call and text message.
Here’s how it works:
Once you’ve download HeyTell and added some contacts you just hold down the big “Hold & Speak” button and send a quick voice message. Immediately that message is sent to it’s intended recipient(s). If HeyTell is open on their device it will automatically play the message, similar to a walkie-talkie. If HeyTell is not open, it notifies the recipient just like a text message would. It works over wi-fi, 3G and the Edge networks.
Here’s why you would use it:
- t’s quicker than typing a text message.
- It’s totally free (over wi-fi)
- Uses less data than an email (3G)
- It is often a better solution than phoning someone (especially if you limited minutes on your cell plan)
Here’s how you could use it for ministry:
- Scavenger/Mall Hunts: instead of texting or calling your volunteers just quickly record your voice, and use Hey tell like a walkie-talkie.
- Wide Games: When you’re playing capture the flag…in the dark…it a forest…you want to know how the game is going. Quickly connect with your volunteers and key people using HeyTell.
- Groups: For $2.99 you can add a ‘groups’ feature which lets you message a pre-defined group all at once. Again, think how handy this would be for a wide game, last minute changes to an event/meeting, reminders or communicating info on the fly.
- Walkie-talkie replacement: 3 years ago I bought two walkie-talkies which cost over $100 and had limited range. HeyTell is free and works at a near unlimited range.
You can check out the video on HeyTell’s website here.
Are you using HeyTell? If so, what do you like most about it?