KakaoTalk Free Calling and Messaging App Review

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KakaoTalk is a communication tool for smartphone users, featuring free voice calls and video calls and instant messaging with additional features. Like market leaders WhatsApp, LINE, and Viber, it does not require the user to have a username for identification; it uses their mobile number to registration. KakaoTalk is available for the iPhone, for Android phones, for BlackBerry and Windows Phone, and works on Wi-Fi and 3G networks.

KakoTalk has around 150 million users, which positions it among the most used instant messaging apps around. However, it is far behind WhatsApp, which features more than a billion users, and a bunch of other very popular apps. This number is important as it is an indication of the extent to which free voice and video calls are possible. The more there are people using the app, the more are your chances to communicate for free. 

Pros

  • Identifies you through your mobile phone number. 
  • Unlimited free voice and video calls and text messages to other KakaoTalk users.
  • Group text messages.
  • Large user base.
  • The app has a PC version.

Cons

  • No calling and messaging to non-KakaoTalk users, not even paid service.
  • Not available for many phone models including Nokia, Symbian etc.
  • No privacy protocol and no encryption. 

Review

KakoTalk is a Korea-based VoIP service that resembles Viber a lot. Services like this that give free calls and other communication services for free to other in-network users are numerous.

The service can be used exclusively with people who are already users of KakaoTalk. You can’t place calls to other landline and mobile numbers, not even if you pay. So you will be happy and save money with the service only if you have buddies using it and with whom you communicate frequently. For this reason, the huge number of users using this service (reaching 150 million) makes it interesting.

KakaoTalk is also used as a social networking tool, as a means to meet new people and to chat. It has features that allow you to search for people using their names, their numbers and their email account. It manages to get hold of people and their information so easily that it brings up the question of security and privacy. Competitors have implemented end-to-end encryption which it becoming a market-wide commodity for privacy in online communication. This app is not yet in the club. 

You can make voice and video calls over WiFi and 3G. These calls can be made only between KakaoTalk users. You cannot make calls, not even paid ones on cheap VoIP rates, as is the case with other apps like Viber and Skype, to landline and mobile phones. 

KakaoTalk has some more features. The Plus Friend feature allows users to obtain benefits and multimedia content like songs and videos by adding artists and celebrities as their friends. The app integrates your contact list and adds friends automatically to your chat sessions once they are online. KakoTalk actually offers an ID for each user and you use it to identify your friends on the network. You can import and export friend lists, and view each friend’s mini profile.

You can also register your favorite friends. The app provides funny voice filters that you can apply to your voice when engaged in voice calls. It also gives useless but funny emoticons, that are animated.

KakaoTalk also allows you to share your multimedia files like images and videos, but also links, contact information, and voice messages.

You can use your KakaoTalk account with only one phone number. If you change your phone number, you will need to complete another number registration process.

You will have to be cautious when making calls using KakaoTalk. If you select a phone number that is not recognized in the KakoTalk service, the app will let you place the call using your mobile minutes.

Make sure before calling whether you are making free or paid calls.

Finally, a word about group chatting, which gives the app its social networking touch. The number of friends you can have in a group chat session in unlimited, and you can add friends therein at any time. If all the friends are KakaoTalk users, the whole session will be free for everyone. You can also choose to make voice calls to a friend in the chat session.

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