Zello Joins Forces with Pathfinders for Autism

By nayeli on October 20, 2014

Recently, we had the privilege of working with the non-profit group, Pathfinders for Autism, and found it truly inspiring. Based in Maryland, Pathfinders for Autism, provides resources for autistic individuals and parents of autistic kids who need critical service providers. The organization conducts awareness campaigns throughout the year advocating for individuals with autism.

One of their biggest events is the annual “Run Wild For Autism” event held at the Maryland Zoo in September. The event has grown 30% from last year and over 1200 participants were expected this year. Since the event is held over a vast area, coordinators require reliable communications. In the past, 2-way radios were used for communications, but they were very expensive and bulky to carry. Since the non-profit could only afford four 2-way radios for staff members, none of the volunteers could communicate with the staff or each other.

With the increased staffing needed for this year’s event, the group realized they could not afford to add more 2-way radios and looked for a more affordable option. Luckily, a member of the group was using Zello in his work for a security company, and suggested Zello as an alternative. Instead of investing more money on costly radios, they decided to give Zello a try.

Two weeks before the event, the staff downloaded Zello and created a “Pathfinders for Autism” channel. They purchased low cost Bluetooth headsets so they could hear better during the event. After a successful trial, they decided to abandon their radios and just use Zello on their smartphones. For the first time ever, they were able to connect all the staff and many volunteers on one network. Plus, they didn’t have to lug 2 devices around anymore.

“Zello was a huge improvement…It was super accessible, very easy, affordable… I highly recommend it!” exclaimed Jennifer Hobbs, fund development associate. The event was very successful and raised over $52,000!

Couldn’t make this event? You can still help by donating through their website. www.pathfindersforautism.org.

Their next event is “An Evening of Celebrity Fashion and Fun 2014”. You can register here.

Do you have a non-profit group? Then, contact us at sales@zello.com! Let’s discuss how we can help your next fundraiser.

Reduce Distracted Driving with Zello Walkie-Talkie

By Nancy on October 9, 2014

Most people will agree that distracted driving is dangerous and people should not engage in it. But the fact remains that many people, especially teens and young adults, continue to ignore the dangers because they think “it will never happen to me.”

Without doubt, the single biggest cause of distracted driving is texting while driving (TWD). Here are 4 sobering facts about the dangers of TWD taken from a 2012 study done by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  1. Texting while driving is 6 times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated
  2. TWD is the leading cause of  teenage auto fatalities. On average, 11 teens die each day
  3. Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to crash than non-texting drivers
  4. TWD was responsible for 1.3 million crashes in 2011, or 23% of all automobile collisions.

By using Zello with a hands-free device such as the CodaWheel wireless button, you can greatly reduce distractions while driving. The process is simple. Install Zello and get your family and friends to install Zello. Pair the CodaWheel to Zello and mount the CodaWheel on your steering wheel. Connect to the person or group (channel) you want to talk to and then press and hold the CodaWheel to talk. There’s no need to take your eyes off the road, handle the smartphone, or dial a number. Additionally, your conversations are real-time, recorded, and the sound quality is clear.

With Zello, unlike voice-activated systems like Siri, you don’t have to deal with misunderstood commands, training the system, or the frustration of repeating commands. Zello uses your voice, the best communicator available. When used with the CodaWheel, Zello allows you to easily chat with friends and family without endangering yourself or other drivers.

If you are a parent and want to ensure your kids aren’t tempted to text while driving, insist they use Zello with a CodaWheel or other hands-free device. It will give you peace of mind and, who knows, they may even prefer Zello over texting because it’s faster and fun to use. Because Zello is free and doesn’t use any plan minutes, it’s also cheaper than texting or phone calls.

So give Zello with CodaWheel a try and see how it can make your commute a safer and more pleasant experience. For more information about the CodaWheel and other Zello certified hands-free options, see http://zello.com/accessories.

 

Now talk with your voice and pictures

By Bill Moore on September 26, 2014

Today’s update lets you share your voice and pictures — instantly. Try it with your contacts now, next month the feature is coming to live Zello channels.

Zello is the best place for live voice conversations. We’ve noticed many update their profile image to add another dimension to a dialog. New picture sharing is easier, faster, offers more control and supports higher definition images. It’s the favorite new feature among Zello team!

No picture here, go get the latest Zello app.

Goodbye Zello Local

By Bill Moore on September 26, 2014

Zello Local feature first introduced this June never became popular so was pulled to simplify the app.

Many found the feature and a few started local conversations. But even with hundreds of nearby Zello users listening, the conversations seldom lived on.

Zello is anonymous and only used approximate location, yet many users worried about their security. Maybe they worried because our live voice is uniquely authentic. Of course that’s what makes Zello special.

Live public and private voice channels remain popular and we’ll keep trying new ideas to make Zello a better place to keep and make friends.

So, What’s the Difference Between Zello and Voice Messaging Apps?

By Nancy on September 18, 2014

With the announcement of the new iMessage voice messaging feature in iOS8, you may ask yourself, “why should I use Zello now that I can send voice messages from my iPhone? You may also wonder how Zello is different from all those other voice messaging apps out there, such as Whatsapp, WeChat, Viber, etc. Simply put, Zello is a true push-to-talk (PTT) walkie-talkie app, while other apps use recorded messages.

Read on to learn why this matters and other reasons for using Zello for voice communications instead of iMessage or other apps with voice messaging:

  1. Zello is live. Apps with voice messaging use recorded audio. Since Zello uses live streaming audio, it’s much faster. Instead of you having to record a message, save it, send it, and then wait for a response, Zello is real-time. Lag is virtually nonexistent between the time you speak and when the message is heard. This is extremely important in situations when time is critical, and the message needs to be heard immediately.

  1. Zello runs across multiple platforms, on either Wi-Fi or data, on any carrier. With iMessage, you can’t talk to your friends who have Android, Blackberry, or Windows Phone. You can only talk to other iOS8 users.

  1. On iMessage, there is no history, share message, or channel feature. There is no way to play back a history of your iMessages or share them with other users. Zello is the only PTT app that offers a channel feature where you can talk to and meet new people across the world.

  1. Zello sound quality is superior. Zello uses Codec Opus. Compare the sound quality with recorded messaging apps, and you will hear the difference.

  1. Zello is free, with no gimmicks or spam. Zello will never charge you, post ads, or spam you and your friends.

  1. Zello minimizes disruptions in your busy life. Zello offers status and notification settings you can customize to avoid being disturbed, and missed messages can be saved to history.

 

Why Use Zello@Work Instead of Two-Way Radios

By Nancy on September 8, 2014

Zello@Work is the better alternative to traditional push-to-talk (PTT) 2-way radios because it:

- Is less expensive

- Is easy to implement

- Allows flexibility

- Offers more features such as history and presence/status

- Has unlimited range

- Offers better voice quality

- Supports multiple channels simultaneously

- Reduces the need to carry multiple devices.

If you are using 2-way radios for your business or organization, you have to consider several important factors. By law, businesses and public entities such as hospitals or first responders cannot use “off-the-shelf” 2-way radios designed for consumer use (FRS or GMRS types). Instead, you must use commercial grade Land Mobile Radios (LMRs) and file for a FCC license to use them or pay a license holder. Filling out the paperwork can be tedious, and approval takes many months. Companies discovered using 2-way radios without a license can expect to pay a hefty fine to the FCC.

In addition to the strict licensing requirements, commercial grade 2-way radios can cost anywhere from $150 to $3000 each, depending on the range and features you need. Multiply the cost of the units with licensing fees of $260 per unit, and you can easily see how expensive it can become, especially as your organization or business grows.

Zello@Work offers you cost effective and flexible options by allowing you to mix and match devices (including smartphones, tablets, PCs, rugged mobile devices, and 2-way radios). You can use Zello@Work with either a carrier, Wi-Fi-only, or combination Wi-Fi/carrier solution. Zello@Work is the perfect solution for companies adopting a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment, where employees can use their own personal devices for work. With Zello, instead of carrying 2 devices, you will only need 1 device to handle all your communications, work, and personal needs.

Zello@Work also has features not available on 2-way radios such as message history, user and group management tools, unlimited channels and groups, group sizes of up to 1000, import and export functions, and alerts with messaging. With Zello@Work, you are not tied to a contract or subject to cancellation fees. You can cancel at any time, and you will be refunded for any prepaid subscriptions on a pro-rated basis.

Just like a 2-way radio or LMR, Zello@Work offers real-time PTT  communications. But unlike 2-way radios, Zello doesn’t have any range limits. You can also extend the range of your existing 2-way radios by linking them to Zello@Work via a LMR gateway. Adding a gateway only costs an additional $1 per day. Growing your two-way radio system with Zello@Work can be done gradually without disrupting the current system.

Discover how Zello@Work can help your business by signing up for a free 5-user trial network today at http://zello.com/work. Paid subscriptions start at just $6/user/month. Also ask about our volume and prepaid annual discounts by emailing sales@zello.com.

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

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