A Channel for Free-Thinkers, Do-It-Yourselfers, and BACON Lovers

By Nancy on August 22, 2014

You’ve probably seen The Survival Podcast Network (TSPN) channel on the Trending list many times. The name and channel picture (shown above) may be somewhat intimidating to newcomers. But as one of Zello’s oldest, best-managed, and popular channels with over 15,000 members, we wanted to find out exactly what goes on in there. As for the BACON…well, that’s their adopted mascot (ask them about it).

The TSPN channel is an offshoot of The Survival Podcast. The audio show has more than 100,000 daily listeners and is hosted by its creator, Jack Spirko. The show themes of the podcast are self-sufficiency, modern survival strategies, liberty, and free-thinking. The TSP podcast can be listened to 5 days a week at www.TheSurvivalPodcast.com.

The TSPN channel was originally suggested to Spirko in April 2012 by a Zello fan who wanted a chat forum where podcast listeners could talk to each other. Since the creation of the TSPN Zello channel by Spirko, many podcast listeners and Zello users with similar interests have joined to build knowledge, share experiences, and create awareness for the podcast.

Topics can be as diverse as the people. Discussions often cover topics such as farming or gardening, hunting, fishing, survival techniques, alternative medicine, politics, pets, cooking, and hobbies, but can be about anything related to improving quality of life. The channel is not about becoming a “doomsday prepper” (preparing for the end of the world from a single catastrophic event). Instead, the TSPN Zello channel focuses on solutions for improving life by taking personal responsibility and making good choices for you and your family.

The TSPN channel encourages new listeners to participate in conversations and not just “lurk”. As one of the lead mods (paprepper) explains, “the podcast is for listeners, the website is for readers and writers, and Zello is for talkers.” So, if you like to talk to people who are knowledgeable, friendly, and fun, and you are willing to try out the free audio podcast, this is the channel for you. If you like to learn how to do things, whether to save money or just be more self-sufficient, this is the channel for you.

The TSPN channel also has a Zello fan site www.TSPNZello.com where users can keep up-to-date on events inside and outside of Zello. Members are encouraged to meet face-to-face, and dozens of meet-ups have been held over the years. These meetings strengthen friendships that start in the channel. For example, in July 2014, the largest Zello meet-up occurred when about 30 TSPN channel members and their families met up on Elisha’s Spring Farm, a permaculture farm in Walton, WV. From the video, it looks like they worked hard and played hard! PermaEthos/Zello meet-up. If you’d like to join in the fun, try out the The Survival Podcast program at www.TheSurvivalPodcast.com and then visit their TSPN Zello channel at http://www.zello.com/channels/k/dZ8O.

 

Zello@Work Announcements

By nayeli on June 13, 2014

New Admin Console feature to view user status

You can now see the status of Zello users at-a-glance from your network console. Learn more about this new feature

Zello Blackberry 10 support

After you upgrade your Blackberry 10 to version 10.2.1, you can get Zello from Blackberry World or Learn more about Zello@Work for Blackberry 10

 

New Coda S Speaker for Android

The Coda S is a wireless speaker/mic that allows you to use Zello on any Android without touching the device. The big middle button works for true PTT! It also comes with a mounting kit so you can wear it on your belt or snap it onto your car’s sun visor.

Contact sales@bcoda.com to get a free sample or learn more about the coda S

 Buy a coda S – Get $10 off by purchasing the Coda S from Accessory Geeks by entering the coupon code: zellocode10off.

New CodaWheel for iOS devices coming soon

The CodaWheel is a PTT button that allows you to push to talk without touching your iPhone. It even works with Zello running in the background. This small button comes with a double-sided sticker or velcro for attaching to your steering wheel or anywhere for easy, hands free access.  Learn more about the CodaWheel

 

New Zello-compatible wired headset and rugged speaker microphone

Zello and Klein Electronics have teamed up for new wired accessories that offer reliable push-to-talk for both Zello iOS and Android.  Learn more about Klein Electronics and where to buy

Current app versions

Please update Zello@Work to ensure you have the latest version of the app.

Zello PTT Walkie-Talkie: Friends and Charity Meet

By Nancy on June 3, 2014

It was almost two years ago when Jonet Rohmanyu stumbled upon the Zello walkie-talkie push-to-talk (PTT) app. Like many things in life, little things can lead to life-changing experiences. And that’s exactly what happened to Jonet.

Jonet started using Zello after hearing about it in his village of Jogja, Indonesia. People liked Zello for PTT communications because it worked well even with poor network conditions, it was fast and it was free. The fact that Zello also had “channels” that could be used like CB radio channels for public group chats was a plus. Initially, Jonet was a member of several channels representing different cities in Indonesia, but he wanted one place where he could talk to all his newfound friends and coordinate gatherings.

As a result, Jonet created his “Komunitas Zello Indonesia” channel on June 23, 2012. It was easy to do and an immediate success. “Komunitas Zello Indonesia” — which translates to “Indonesian Zello Community” — has grown to 870 members, many who have become good friends. They hold regular meetings such as game competitions, sports and music events, picnics and visiting homes of “Zelloites” in neighboring cities, where they just hang out.

In addition to their many small gatherings, members of the channel also use it to organize charity events. In 2013, they held a blood drive and a charity event for a local orphanage. All coordinated using this Zello channel, people from several cities participated in these events. The members are such big Zello enthusiasts that they had Zello T-shirts made to wear at their events. “Komunitas Zello Indonesia” is an inspiring example of how Zello can be used to bring together people for both fun and good causes.

Here are some photos from their charity events:

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A big thanks to “Komunitas Zello Indonesia” for sponsoring these charity events and letting Zello be a part of it!

For more information about “Komunitas Zello Indonesia,” please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/KomunitasZelloIndonesia/

https://www.facebook.com/KomunitasZelloIndonesia

If you manage a Zello PTT channel or know of a channel that should be featured on our blog, please contact support@zello.com.

 

Zello is the most important app for Venezuela and Ukraine

By Bill Moore on February 24, 2014

The past week Zello has been the #1 overall app in Venezuela and Ukraine – more popular than Facebook or any other app.  Last year the same was true first in Turkey and later in Egypt.

After the largest ISP in Venezuela blocked Zello, team worked hard to update the app and restore service in under a day.

We are proud that  Zello’s social radio matters and are working hard to keep it available.

Press interviews and articles keep pouring in, examples below.

Bill Moore, CEO

 

INTERNET A CRUCIAL VENEZUELA BATTLEGROUND  Associated Press, Feb 21, 2014

Twitter, Other Apps Disrupted in Venezuela Amid Protests  Wall Street Journal, Feb 21, 2014

Austin company updating app for blocked Venezuelans  KXAN, Feb 22, 2014

The App That’s Fueling the Uprising in Venezuela  Defense One, Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela sends troops to violence-hit state  Aljazeera, Feb 22, 2014

Marketplace radio interview, NPR, Feb 24 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela  US News and World Report, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela blocks Zello app popular among protesters  Huffington Post, Feb 21, 2014

Internet a Crucial Venezuela Battleground  ABC News, Feb 21, 2014

Prostesters in Venezuela, Ukraine turn to peer-to-peer messaging app  CNNWorld,  Feb 24, 2014

THE TECH BEHIND THE PROTESTS IN KIEV  Esquire.com, Feb 21, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters Yahoo News, Feb 21, 2014

Four Websites That Are Down In Venezuela and More  International Business Times, Feb 21, 2014

The Tech Behind the Protests in Kiev  Popular Mechanics, Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela Doesn’t Want Its Protestors Using This ‘Walkie-Talkie’ App Made in Texas   Business Insider, Feb 24, 2014

This app is fueling the uprising in Venezuela  Quartz, Feb 24, 2014

Battle for Venezuela Being Fought Online Top Tech News, Feb 24, 2014

Protesters using peer-to-peer messaging app KSPR ABC, Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela blocks Zello app popular among protesters: CEO  Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/venezuela-blocks-zello-app-popular-among-protesters-ceo-1.1697102#ixzz2uHZuvO83  CTV News, Feb 21, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  NEWS.com.au, Feb 22, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  Ocala StarBanner, Feb 21, 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela Times Colonist, Feb 20, 2014

What to know right now about Venezuela  MSNBC, Feb 22, 2014

In Venezuela, The Internet Becomes A Crucial Battleground  NBC News, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela protests: Internet a crucial battleground; President Nicolas Maduro blocks websites, removes NTN24 for showing student killing  CanIndia, Feb 23, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  MyFOXAustin, Feb 20, 2014

Cyberspace a battleground for future of Venezuela  eNCA, Feb 22, 2014

Venezuelans turn to social media for protest news  Yahoo7 News, Feb 22, 2014

Venezuelan turn to social media for protest news  Global Post, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela’s media crackdown extends online  Access Blog, Feb 21, 2014

TICbeat » Social Media » Twitter and Zello say the Venezuelan censorship has reached its platforms Twitter and Zello say the Venezuelan censorship has reached its platforms  TICbeat, Feb 24, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  Marietta Times, Feb 22, 2014

Venezuela blocks ‘walkie-talkie’ app used by protesters The Globe and Mail, Feb 21, 2014

The Zello application blocked in Venezuela by the key operator  Gizmodo en Espanol, Feb, 21, 2014

Zello was updated to help Venezuelans (Exclusive Interview)  LaPatilla, Feb 24, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  Jamaica Observer, Feb 23, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  Barchart, Feb 21, 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela  Winnipeg Free Press, Feb 21, 2014

Walkie-Talkie App Zello Blocked in Venezuela  Global Voices Advocacy, Feb 23, 2014

Venezuela Blocks Walkie-Talkie App Zello amid Protests  Softpedia, Feb 24, 2014

Battle For Venezuela Being Fought Online  WN.com, Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela Blacks Out Internet, Censors Apps as Ongoing Clashes Hit Cyberspace  Latin Post, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela cuenta lo que pasa con videos de YouTube  BBC Mundo, Feb 21, 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight battle for Venezuela  Newser, Feb 21, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  New Zealand Herald, Feb 22, 2014

Battle for Venezuela Is Being Fought as Vigorously Online as in the Streets  The Blaze, Feb 21, 2014

Battle for Venezuela being fought online  Inquirer.com, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela blocks Zello app popular among protesters  TMCnet, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela Doesn’t Want Its Protestors Using This ‘Walkie-Talkie’ App Made In Texas  Veooz, Feb 24, 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela  Leader Post, Feb 24, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  Journal Review, Feb 21, 2014

CEO: Venezuela Blocks Key App for Protesters  Naharnet, Feb 21, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  Bismarck Tribune, Feb 20, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  The TandD.com, Feb 21, 2014

Zello app is fueling the uprising in Venezuela  Inside.com, Feb 24, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  The News, Feb 22, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  Lompac Record, Feb 20, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  Beloit Daily News, Feb 20, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  St Louis Post Dispatch, Feb 20, 2014

New Zello@Work Features

By Bill Moore on July 24, 2013

Thanks for your feedback.  These new Zello@Work features are available today

1. New hidden channel type

This channel lets you group users without adding the actual channel to their devices.  Use it for a group of people who need to talk directly when you don’t want them on a shared channel.  Previously the same could be accomplished by adding  direct contacts.

2. Change channel types

You can now  change an existing channel type by clicking on the channel icon (on the right of the channel in the Channels screen).  Previously you had to remove and recreate the channel.

3. Export Users

You can now export the complete list of users and paste into a spreadsheet using the link at the bottom of the Contacts screen.  Previously you needed the  API just to export.

4. Import Users

For faster provisioning of large networks upload a list of users from a CSV format.  You’ll see the  link at the bottom the of Contacts screen.  Previously it was only possible to perform import using API.  The Import feature is considered ‘beta’.

Hello Zello! – A New Way to Communicate!

By Nancy on July 17, 2013

A very nice endorsement for Zello@Work, our paid Enterprise version of Zello, by Andrew Burchfield, Director of Internal Operations for Discovery Camp.  Discovery Camp is a Christian summer camp for kids and teens.  They have started using Zello@Work to coordinate operations for their vast summer camp which is spread over 1000 acres, and hosts up to 20,000 kids each summer.    Zello@Work works perfectly for them because of its unique ability to work with their existing 2-way radios.

http://andrewburchfield.com/2013/07/16/hello-zello-a-new-way-to-communicate/#comment-6522

Zello Reviews from TUAW and TruTower

By Nancy on July 2, 2013

More glowing reviews for Zello…. this time from TUAW and TruTower.  Check them out!

http://www.tuaw.com/2013/05/09/daily-iphone-app-zello-lets-you-chat-walkie-talkie-style-with-f/

http://www.trutower.com/zello/

Filtered by people

By Bill Moore on June 6, 2013

Have you noticed Zello’s default trending channels are cleaner? Now Zello channel managers are first approving them (live for English, Spanish and Portuguese). If you don’t like the change, you can still find the rest, just update your Trending setting from “Filtered” to “All”.

Channel managers review all trending channels and usually approve those without profanity, abuse or adult topics. To see the channel they also must match your language and have active conversations.

Please tell us what you like and don’t and share your ideas to improve Zello.

Zello iPhone release 2.2

By Jim Pickering on May 1, 2013

Whats new for Zello+

      

Out with the new in with the old

Did you miss the original black Zello Talkscreen, or did you like the new re-designed one.  Doesn’t really matter, because now you can have both.  Zello+ now supports changing the look using themes.  You can switch between light and dark, look for even more choices in the future.  We might even let you create your own custom theme.

Changing the theme

Select ‘Settings’ from the navigation menu, then press ‘Visual theme’.  This takes you to the ‘Customize theme’ view.  The name of the current theme isdisplayed, press the indicator to choose a theme from the Zello servers.

       

      

Now you have the ‘Classic Talk Screen Dark’ theme installed.

       

What other themes would you like to see? Purple, lime green, Hello Kitty :)

What’s new for Zello and Zello+

Quick access to configuring ‘Trending channels’

Trending channels are set to ‘Filtered’ by default.  Press the wrench to access the settings for trending channels. To get the full list of trending channels select ‘All’

      

Blocked channel users

Have you ever wanted to know who blocked somebody from a channel?  Zello now shows which moderator blocked a user.  This information is also saved to your history feed.

      

Improved ‘Contact requests’ handling

Do you get a lot of contact requests?  Do you wish there was a way to decline or block them all at once?  We did too, so now you will find two new buttons on the ‘Contact requests’ view to either block or decline all the requests at once.  What’s the difference between blocking and declining you ask?  If you block a contact request you will never see another request from that user again (unless you unblock them).  If you decline a request you won’t see a request from that user unless they ‘Resend’ the request.

      

Turn off history

There is also an option to turn off history

We also fixed a bug with interruptions in Zelect channels. Plus a number of other bug fixes.

Zello  on

Zello and Zello+ iPhone Update 2.1 Today

By Jim Pickering on March 20, 2013

Zello has a new look. Last month, we released a paid version of Zello for the iPhone called Zello+. We’ve also updated both versions with a new design and new features. Zello uses a left navigation menu instead of the tabs on the bottom of the screen. This helps you quickly get from one screen to another.

What’s that eye staring at me on the talk screen?

See the “eye” on the talk screen in the below screen shot? Think of the new talk screen as having a front and a back. Use the front of the talk screen for talking and the back for the details. Press the “eye” to flip to the back of the talk screen and “see” the details. On the back of the talk screen, you’ll find the History and Profile. For channels, you’ll also see the current list of active users.

     

Tap the tabs at the bottom to switch between the views. If you’re on a channel, the blue power button on the screens allow you to quickly connect to or disconnect from the channel.
     

What’s new in Zello

Zelect channels

You have three choices for channel channel types: “Anyone can talk,” “Listen only” and “Zelect,” the all-new type.

When you set your channel to Zelect, new users can only listen to others and talk to moderators. Once the owner or a moderator of the channel identifies you as a trusted member, you can talk and be heard by everyone. If you are new to a Zelect channel, you’ll see the moderator’s Zello name and a light yellow background when he or she speaks to you.  Be nice and ask for permission to join the channel.

     

If you’re the owner or moderator of a Zelect channel, you have some new tools to manage the channel.  Tap the arrow to access the moderator tools.  You can talk to all the moderators, mute all of the untrusted users, talk to a single moderator or talk to a single untrusted user. When selecting a single user, you can: trust, block, make the user a moderator or return to talking to all users. (Only the channel owner can promote someone to moderator.)

     

Volume control

Sometimes users can be too loud or not loud enough that you need to adjust their volume.  You now have two ways to do this: on the user’s profile screen, move the slider to adjust the volume, or on the talk screen, slide your finger up and down just to the right of the talk button to adjust the volume for the user currently talking.  The title will display the current setting and a small arrow will rotate along the edge of the talk button.  Zello will remember the volume setting for each user.

     

History for alerts

Alerts are now saved to history. You can see alerts in your History feed along with voice messages. To delete, tap the Trash button at the bottom, select the entries to delete and tap “Delete.”

     

Share a channel

Share a channel with your friends using Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or a text message.  Select the profile for the channel, then Share icon to the right of the camera icon.

     

Active notifications

When someone sends you a contact request or channel invitation you will see a blue notification in the status bar. If you tap the notification, Zello will take you to the user or channel profile so you can approve or block the request right away. In the below screen shot, Green Kitty sent a contact request. Tap the notification to view the profile screen for Green Kitty.

     

When someone is talking, Zello displays a black notification with the user’s name.  If you tap that, Zello takes you to the talk screen for that user or channel.  The below screen shows a notification that Green Kitty is talking. Tap that and Zello switches to the talk screen for Green Kitty.

     

Manage blocked users and channels

When someone sends you a contact request or a channel invitation, you can block or flag the request.  If you change your mind later, you  can now remove those blocked requests. Press the Gear icon next to your Zello username to acces your profile. Icons will appear on the bottom of the Profile Tool menu if you have blocked channels or contacts.  Tap the Blocked Channel or Blocked Contacts icon to manage the blocked requests.

     

Whats new in Zello+

If you throw 99 pennies at us for Zello+,  you get all the new features in Zello plus you can customize Zello alerts.

Custom alerts

     

Select an alert sound from our Zello site …

     

Or choose a song from your Music library and use part of it as an alert.

     

Happy Zello … ing

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