Now Available: HipVoice Push to Talk for BlackBerry!

By Kevin Michaluk on 9 Jun 2009 07:17 am
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Back in January we ran a post here on the blogs about an upcoming cross-carrier Push-to-Talk solution called HipVoice. By using data, rather than a single carrier's built-in PTT network, HipVoice allows for quick communication between smartphone users (or groups of users) on just about any device, any network, located almost anywhere (you'll both need that data connection). It's a compelling premise, and definitely a solution that can benefit both business and consumer end users.

HipVoice just launched for BlackBerry today. You can watch the video above to see it in action or jump over to learn more. We'll be following up in a few days with a more in-depth CrackBerry look at HipVoice in action. In the meantime, you can sign-up below to actually give HipVoice a try for 7 days free of charge, after which you can either sign-up or walk away. Pricing varies a bit (volume discounts, etc.) but costs as low as $10/month ongoing - not bad for a solution that can really change the way you work and use your BlackBerry. 

Sign Up for a 7-Day Free Trial of HipVoice for BlackBerry

* After registering, Hipvoice will follow-up with an email including your username and password as well as video on how to use HipVoice *

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81 comments

jfsalewicz

This seams cool will give it the old college try!

I just saw that it will be about $10 a month....thats alot...

...I submitted my request and I have not received an email...so far.....weak...

d1n_only

This is amazing...just had a conversation with a friend about how fun would it be to have a walkie talkie that worked in in different parts of the country...didn't even think it was possible around the world lol

MontanaVista

If I wanted to tack on $10 to my monthly cell phone bill I would leave Tmobile for any other carrier in the US! I love the idea, but for ten bucks extra It's not for me.

Also - I'm assuming you can only use it with other people that also have this application? So I then have to try to sell this product to my friends... sorry - no deal.

JDWallace

I have Sprint/Nextel. When I was on the Nextel side, that was included in your plan. Now that I am on the Sprint side, I miss my PTT. I agree that $10 is a little much, but I will try the 7 day trial to test it out.

Nyce22

For 10$ a month per user, I might as well switch to Sprint/Nextel. And it doesn't seem that "real-time" to me. I used to have a nextel and that was fast.

CGSCOT

Interesting indeed, however you wouldnt be able to use here in UK whilst drving the way the guy in the video shows. Has to be "hands free" in UK.

homer2680

I have never had push to talk as I have always been with Verizon. But looks like a really cool idea. I would love to get friends to get on board with this and get it going.

Bert336

Its a great idea and very convenient but no way i will pay $10 bux per month. $10 dollars one time fee sounds more reasonable to me. I am also with the guy above, its been an hour and i still have not received my Trial version. Is this how the connection delay to their sever will be when you PTT to someone? ughhh....

AgentScribe

Seems that, according to Hip's Web site, only corporate e-mail accounts can be used to sign up, which means it's not for the consumer market. Yet.
But, the idea is that a company buys the services for its employees, thus all will have the app and there are discounts for volume and pre-payment. We like the idea here and might give it a try.

disenhour#CB

I have been using a yahoo account and have been getting everything just fine to start the setup process so far.

neelzz

Just use palringo, no subscription... u have to login though,, and select the user but who cares,,, just push to talk... without paying...........

neelzz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8tnTDYFsiA&feature=channel_page This works the same without login in to your messenger , u can just use palringo on its own, and ptt.....

i use it exactly the way the man in the car uses it :S so why pay 10dollar?

OneWaySRD

I noticed in the video HipVoice has quite a delay. Does palringo have this same delay. I can tolerate the delay if it is a freebee. But $10 per month? No way.

kasperapd

I can tell you from using HipVoice that there isn't a delay. What you are seeing on the video is just a delay in his secretary answering him. Not the app causing the delay.

kasperapd

Have you tried it? If not, don't be so quick to throw out false accusations. I have used it, and have been using it for months. It works as described. No lag.

CIT916

There are two youtube videos showing this product off... in the second video he has two phones side by side and you can clearly hear the lag.... He talks in one phone and it takes a few seconds for the second phone to receive the message...

cletis

The 1-to-2 second delay we saw in the video was no biggee if that's all there ever is, but my concern would be that the delay might be a function of navigating the various data networks between the conversing parties. If so, it could get pretty bad when, say, crossing the Atlantic.

Pentarus

How about BerryTalk??? It's currently in Beta (you can find many threads on crackberry)... There will be a cost for the client but at list there are no subscriptions... $10/month is a bit steep... Blackberry client only tho...

conazo

it would be a great application if it was for a one time flat fee.
No Monthly Payments Come ON!!!

JM19

I'm gonna give it a try

Bob61

$10 a month, that's crazy! And just guessing that the other party you want to PPT needs to have this service as well. Fortunately there's an app for Storm that delivers same feature for flat $7.99 cost for the app (sale price through July 4th). See this for more info:
http://forums.crackberry.com/f134/berry2berry-storm-now-sale-240741/

c1971ace

ive been playing with this for a couple of weeks now and it is a really cool app...voices come through crystal clear and there really is no delay...IMO a lot better than Nextel and im on the Sprint network!

bobo_200_5

Seems like its really cool. Two questions regarding the PTT software...

1) HipVoice (from the various videos) isn't carier specific, nor device specific. you can communicate with not just a single person, but a group (which can be a major plus in business) Can BerryTalk or Palringo do the same?

For me that would be the deciding factor for using PTT.

2) Being that HipVoice isn't device specific either...(windows Mobile can communicate with BB, with Palm, with actual 2-way radios, etc...another plus!) Are there any other PTT software similar in this?

I can understand companies maybe utilizing this software, but for the individual, the $10 monthly fee is steep.

meehan23

for ten bucks, wouldn't it just be easier to just call someone??

tremont

Great idea but, dead on arrival. $10 per month and each person must have the app. No way

OneWaySRD

Amen to that. PTT is convenient but not worth the expense.

I think I'll check into Berry2Berry. Storm version is available to Crackberry users for eight bucks flat fee vs. $120 per year. ?!?

eve6er69

well as you all know you can bbm anybody across the world witn no cost because it runs through data.

if this runs through data i wonder if it has the same feature.

i have a cusin in england and he spends way more than 10 bucks a month to talk to his family.

wondering.............

hipvoice

Hey Everyone - thanks for your feedback. Just FYI: For those who registered, you will be getting your user/pass within 24-36 hours (max).

1magine

It will never cease to amaze me the lack of real world comprehension of those who 'go into business'. This is why most fail in first year. The whole point of PTT is to save the subscriber a bit of money by minimizing their minutes used. It is not that much more convenient than voice dialing or speed dialing, both built in to most all BBs. At $10.00 a month you can upgrade your voice plan if you need to, and not force your secretary/wife/friends to spend $10 p/month as well. This application makes no sense. No business that still utilizes BES for security, would ever bulk purchase an unsecured VOD transmission application especiallly given the cost, especially in an economic downturn. There are quite a few solutions for PTT already out there and some more to be here shortly that do this cheaper and better. What could they possibly have been thinking?

Hamp

When people use instant communication devices like this, why do they talk to the part of the device that DOESN'T have the microphone? Watch this guy as he tries to talk INTO the screen of the Blackberry!

Sure the message is getting through thanks to the condenser microphone, but I always get a kick out of people who do this, especially watching people in cars with fliphones use the speakerphone feature holding the phone in the air as they drive!

GET A BLUETOOTH DEVICE!

ddarvish

this absolutely makes no sense. just call whoever you want to talk to. adding $10 a month to your plan will prob get you a few hundred extra minutes and heck if you are on VZW you have 80 million people you can call and talk to for FREE!!!!

Treatz

sorry, but the latency is just to high..
he's having a whole conversation with US the viewer before the next chirp comes in.

maybe on a 3G connection it'll speed things up but essentially it seems like you can get teh same functionality out of BBM by sending a voice note

driphter

When we wanted to talk with someone, we used to pick up the phone and call. Now we use every excuse not to call. Just shoot a text or bbm. This is rediculous! This program ups the anti and sends recorded voice messages to people directly . . . reminds me a lot of something we used to call voicemail. Next we sending videos of us texting instead of just sending a text.

jozirny

Here's a free version of that: send voice notes on Blackberry Messenger. It might take a couple of extra steps, and you're limited in how much you can send in one message, but it's free.

mr.24

this would be something i would use... push to talk with out having sprints lowsy coverage lol. but 10 dollars a month is too much for me to pay.

razzel

Monthly payment is a bit ridiculous. I was really interested until I saw its $10/month

312

Poor guy...had a really great idea but tried to shoot the moon on this with the $10/month bit and now everyone has a bad taste in their mouth. :shakes head: Way to make a first impression.

Bert336

so hipvoice guy...can we get any feedback from you, im sure you have read all of our posts, so we would like to hear back from you on regards to this.

tremont

We may be Hip but we are not stupid. Sure, I will send you $10.00 per month. The check is in the mail

Bert336

[quote]"By: 1magine | Date: Tue, 06/09/2009 - 10:06 |

* reply

It will never cease to amaze me the lack of real world comprehension of those who 'go into business'. This is why most fail in first year. The whole point of PTT is to save the subscriber a bit of money by minimizing their minutes used. It is not that much more convenient than voice dialing or speed dialing, both built in to most all BBs. At $10.00 a month you can upgrade your voice plan if you need to, and not force your secretary/wife/friends to spend $10 p/month as well. This application makes no sense. No business that still utilizes BES for security, would ever bulk purchase an unsecured VOD transmission application especiallly given the cost, especially in an economic downturn. There are quite a few solutions for PTT already out there and some more to be here shortly that do this cheaper and better. What could they possibly have been thinking?"[/quote]

I couldn't have said it any better..

CocaineBerry

Did they just make "Send a Voice Note" option in our BB a bit faster?

312

That's basically all it is, just fancier and more expensive.

usmcpug82

Try that while driving in NJ and you'll end up getting yourself a ticket. Goes for any other state w/ a HANDS-FREE law. Whole point is not to having anything in your HANDS, hence "hands free". For some reason people think holding the phone and yelling into the speakerphone is hands free. I think someone said it earlier... get a bluetooth or even a cheap $4 wired headset. This software seems like lot of money, just me though.

The Consigliere

I've had just about every major wireless company & have to admit when I did have Nextel I really liked the PTT feature, it was great for those friends who also had it & I also wished that I could use with friends who were on other networks, but PTT was a gimme with Nextel, now that someone has developed a way to use it across networks it's $10/month? Nevermind, I understand that it's more or less aimed at companies, since "regular" email addresses don't qualify, but everyone is trying to save a buck today, so I think the pricing needs re-thought.

Osteele

Great concept.

Anyone else notice how much talking the gentleman does between the time he speaks into the phone, and the time it takes for his secretary to respond. I suppose he has to do something to make up for the lag.

siopow

this is cool and everything, but id rather text than talk

CrackCurve56

This is BS, pure and simple. I don't know about where you guys live, but in NY, if I am see driving and holding a cell phone for ANYTHING, it's a ticket, moving violation, and a HUGE FINE. A better solution? Either use BLUETOOTH, or put the phone down on the seat somewhere and use speakerphone! :)

CrackCurve56

C'mon RIM. Give us some useful apps, not HIP VOICE. ROFL.

mrbrown77777

Very expensive and unnecessary feature.

Terrigno

hmm. To be honest, I dont see it being so "instant". It looks like whenever she responded, it took a little while to hear anything from here untill she finally responded to what he said. Not a bad feature. But I dont know how instant this is compared to Nextels 2way.

naviwilliams

Just to reconfirm to everyone, I've been using/testing this for months.

There is no lag on this software. Someone pointed out that Darius was talking to himself/video during the PTT's to avoid showing that there was/is a lag, but, remember this, just like when you send a BlackBerry Messenger message to someone, the receiver has to receive it and READ it.

So, although he's done a PTT to his secretary; she still has to listen to it and then respond. She may have been using her BlackBerry at the time to send an email, or even been using BlackBerry Messenger, at the same time the PTT was coming in.

All that to say, there is no lag. Plus, you've all been offered a free trial, so, feel free to try it.

312

OOHH OK...so, his "meeting in 10 minutes with Mr. Jones on 123 Front St." and the "secretary" called "Mr. Jones" in 18 seconds to say this guy was going to be late and he said "he'll be waiting".

Nah...WASN'T staged or ANYTHING...ROFL!!! WAKE UP, BUDDY.

Xopher

It's interesting, but I don't see a huge need for it - at least for me.

I have a few friends on iPhones and we can chat via Palringo, if we really need to voice chat. The nice thing with Palringo is that it is across multiple networks and platforms. I can even caht to my friend through my PC while he is on his phone. No minutes used and no charge at all.

BerryTalk also interests me. I think what would really be beneficial is finding one that uses a bluetooth device for recording and playing. The more hands-free you can be, the better.

kbrosnihan

This should be free or at least a one time $10. I would pay that. But not $10/month... no way. Is there anything else out there that can do this?

TuRtZiLLa

Reminds me of an infomercial, he is trying really hard to sell this product... and most infomercials sell worthless items that do great things on the tv, and only on tv.

dumpyloser

Berrytalk is NOT carrier specific but will only work with Blackberry devices. The data is transfered through existing servers. Hip voice is again, not carrier specific, but can work with multiple device types. It's downfall is that they have to support a mass amount of online servers, thus the 10 dollar fee. I don't see it getting any cheaper than that, and Berrytalk wins for the flat rate alone, but being blackberry specific actually makes me happy... bump everybody else, lol

deeman54

Cmon 10 bucks this is not a cell phone service provided by your carrier its a application which should be a one time fee. On top of that its the same as sending voice notes through you blackberry messenger, Stop rippin people off, and show some love to all your blackberry brothers and sisters.

This app wont make it past 100 sells!!!!!

pwc realtor#CB

in the video a handheld walkie-talkie keeps being mentioned nad shown. is he talking about a FRS radio?

I only ask because I'm going to be participating in a car cruise in a few weeks and we are using a FRS radio channel to communicate among each other. I may use my free trial then since I probably have no chance of recruiting people I know to pay for this service.

CeoStatus0

I like it.. but I wouldn't pay $10 a month for it.

deeman54

This is a total rip off, its the exact same as the blackberry messenger but you have to pay 10 bucks a month, this app should be a one time fee. Its not direct connect, nor push to talk, you are sending voice notes back in forth thats it!!!!!!!!!!

deemoney23

I've been using HipVoice for about a week now and I must say I'm really impressed. It works as advertised and like a couple of people before me said, "There is no lag". It seems that everybody is caught up on the price for the service, but at least do yourselves a favor and sign up for the 7 day free trial. Don't knock it until you try it!

crnz

Not sure about where you live, but holding a hand-held communication device while driving is not legal in most places. PTT handsfree seems a bit of an oxymoron!

bllackkman

If it was $5 it would get this product

jfsalewicz

Please take this off the Blog or at least move it down!!!!!

Bert336

"[quote]I've been using HipVoice for about a week now and I must say I'm really impressed. It works as advertised and like a couple of people before me said, "There is no lag". It seems that everybody is caught up on the price for the service, but at least do yourselves a favor and sign up for the 7 day free trial. Don't knock it until you try it![/quote]"

I would had given it a try, but they are so slow and lazy that they have not even sent my trial version that i registered 24hrs ago!
I wish there was an application at no cost or low cost that could do this and run in the background without killing the memory and draining the battery. Something that i can scroll through the address book and hit the button to data talk. ughhh wishful thinking...

Bert336

I am sure that the guy is here reading all these comments but has nothing good to say about this service. So that right there tells you how well he stands behind his Overpriced Product/Service.

neelzz

Well uuhms, about the lag?

3g to 3g works great,
but when i chat with somebody who has a 8900 curve, so bold to curve. its a bit slower (gprs)

Im live in the netherlands so i don't know how the connection speed is in the usa.

anyways

Seems like its really cool. Two questions regarding the PTT software...

1) HipVoice (from the various videos) isn't carier specific, nor device specific. you can communicate with not just a single person, but a group (which can be a major plus in business) Can BerryTalk or Palringo do the same?

For me that would be the deciding factor for using PTT.

answer: why use ptt in group sessions, it would be total carnage (A) in the end you won't know who's talking, a telephone conversation would be better for group sessions

(no palringo can' i guess)

2) Being that HipVoice isn't device specific either...(windows Mobile can communicate with BB, with Palm, with actual 2-way radios, etc...another plus!) Are there any other PTT software similar in this?

I have friends with Iphone who use it over 3g, Htc Touch pro (winmo) blackberry bold,blackberry curve, (palm i don't know u should check the palringo website), and one uses it on his computer and it al looks and works the same. (multiplatform)

They only crappy thing about palringo is, that is uses alot of battery power. its constantly sending/receiving data( donno what its exactly doing, but when switching palringo of the standby time is much longer) so i hope they fix this in a update, becuase this is the main reason i switch palringo "off" alot.

another thing (on the blackberry version that is)
When the message is playing u can't do anything to switch it of or turn down the volume, u just have to listen to all they have to say.... so when ur in class or at work and somebody is saying ******%%*##&*$&*#%&* there is nothing u can do about it :P

Anyways its free so who cares actually... i just use my headset.

---- Anyways hipvoice could have been great if it was free ;) --- or if they would charge for the program only, i think they would get alot more customers if they would not charge the service itself ----

a well.. waste of coding time... (and not as revolutionary as claimed)

neelzz

The questions about the laggg, IT USES the DATA connection,there should be some compression but still it uses the the data connection so of course there will be lagggg. Anybody who claim's there ain't any lag is either lying(fan boy:p) or just did not experience it yet. Whenever there is a bad reception or whatever or a small network overload, ur when u are using other apps that use a lot of data traffic.

That's why it takes the secretary 3 blocks to answer his question (A)

patlarkin

I registered, was willing to give it a try even tho it's waaaay to expensive but about 15 of my friends and I were going to try it out and possibly get it. None of us have got an e-mail nor phone call. I'm done waiting so dont bother calling me now cause I'm just going to hang up. Your pricing is a joke, your customer service is a joke, your company is probably a joke. Good bye

twinston007

Hello fellow crackberry heads.I really thought about this as I received my email today.I looked at the email and said hell no!!!First,it doesn't make sense to charge a monthly fee.Second,yes this app is for business use but lets think for a second would you get this app as a stand alone for your company if you already have company phones.I mean you can go with VERIZON or NEXTEL and be set with service and phones at a discounted price.Next,alot of people talk to people within their network and it's FREE for those outside of the network most of us have unlimited text and if they got BLACKBERRIES they can message at no additional cost.So with all that said we are in a recession and we dont have the money to spend every month my advice to you is charge a flat fee get what you can get and be happy the world has enough greedy people as is. THANKS CRACKBERRY NATION FOR LISTENING!!!!

Gav508

Reading all these complaints about lag makes me laugh. Of course there is lag. It is using data connection. It is not using a direct receiver connection like Nextel. Basically it is VOIP.

But this is good technology. If you watch the video there is between 6 to 10 seconds of lag waiting for an answer. If this is the same across all carriers, this is pretty good. It will take some time to fine tune it like everything else new, but none of the carriers offer PTT across each others bands. This could be nice.

I do have to agree that business wise they might not be starting off on the right foot at $10.00 a month. You have to get people to try it, like and need it, like Nextel originally did. But at $10 monthly they are scaring a lot of potential customers off.

I will give it a try but I am not sure if I will be able to keep it because I don't know many people who will continue to pay the $10 for a non essential item.

xDAKx

The idea of this is brilliant. PTT features without having to be on an iDEN network with an iDEN compatible device. But it has issues. £5 (10.00) is far too much for something like this.

If this app required a massive network of servers to route the messages to a device and such, I could understand five quid, but this, if anything, is making more use of the users network and data tariff then anything else.

Personally, I don't see a need, or even a use for this. If I need to exchange small bits of information, I'll send a quick text, which will be included under my unlimited messaging tariff. True, I'll have to wait until I get to a traffic signal to send it, but considering the amount of time it'll take to receive a response, having to wait 60 seconds isn't going to make much of a difference in the matter.

Of course, If I need that information even quicker. I'll just activate speakerphone, call who I need and get that information in what is true real time.

If the price was reduced, and users had more incentive, I think this concept could succeed, but at the current pricing, with the current features, I don't see a bright future for this app, or service if you wish to call it that.

Bert336

This is a Feature that RIM should had included within the berries, and an option to turn it on or off. ughhhhh :(

BB_Curve00

I have to give to BB man. I mean before it was just nextel who can do it. Now all BB users can do it. The delay doesnt bother me one bit. I think its great to have it. It will take time before it can be instant. I am going to try it and ten bucks its ok man.

312

Can't believe this guy has nothing to say...was really hoping he'd chime in.

outkast_21

Ive been using it since yesterday and I understand it just got up and running but for 10 dollars a month is a bit unrealistic. The Lag is horrible, My girl and i both have the storm and i will be in the living room and she's in the bedroom and it still takes 5-10 seconds to get there, I even have problems to where I won't receive anything at all, Same with my girl. I recommend it being a one time fee of 10 bucks. I just canceled my trial today after 1 1/2 days of trying it out. It drains ur battery real easy and it slowed my phone down.

blntskul

About 90% of you guys that posted replies don't get it. First of all, push to talk is more of a corporate feature than a personal feature. If you don't understand why it's better, chances are, you've never used it. I am a corporate user, and have used Nextel iDen for about 12 years. It's much more efficient to communicate with peers in the field this way. There's no call setup time, no dialing, no need to keep the call open between responses. You can talk to a large group at once. It's also a minute saver. It's well worth $10 per month to a corporate customer.

When the Blackberry Storm was released, I switched from Nextel to Verizon, and my only regret is that Verizon doesn't offer their PTT on any good phones. In talking with our corporate Verizon reps, they agree that the most requested feature among their corporate Blackberry clients is to have a PTT capability. The Verizon PTT works well, although there's a longer call setup time than with iDen. Once connected, it's very good.

For those of you saying that for $10 you should just make a call, or use chat, or whatever, you've never appreciated the efficiency of a good PTT like Nextel iDen. Anyway, I haven't tested this app yet, but I'm about to. I hope it works well.

Camel_Back

I myself have finally got the chance to use this app and I want to note that I will not be purchasing this feature. I have a storm and although it may be cool to use here and then, it has lots of issues. There is Definitely a LAG. I've been communicating with a colleague with it and it has been more of a headache than a convenience. It's shut off my phone three times in a day. The amount of time it takes to get a response is way to long. BB messenger seems to work faster. I've used Nextel and it's capabilities of being quick and responsive is much greater than this. I want to believe that maybe it will get better since it's in its primitive stages but it's just that, hope. This feature has a chance to be a great thing but as of now, IMO, it's a failure... at least for personal use.