What is Talketh?

Talketh is a telephone-app that can call any landline or mobile phone in the world, i.e. a "phone call", at a fraction of the price of a regular cell phone.

“Phone calls” are not the same as WhatsApp calls, as these services can only call other WhatsApp users i.e. they make "app calls", not “phone calls”.

Anonymous, Initial setup

Download the Talketh app from the App Store [iOS]/[Android].Install the app, and when prompted, set a password to protect your new Ethereum public blockchain private key that Talketh just created & stored on your phone.

You will then be assigned a unique virtual phone number with the format +1-555-xxx-xxxx.

That's it, no SMS verification, no email verification, no KYC steps, no GPS location etc. Talketh knows absolutely nothing about you and prefers to keep it that way!

Free App Calls?

To be clear, “app calls” are only free-of-charge, to each party, when the caller and the receiver are both using free Wi-Fi or using cellular-data networks that do not charge per Megabyte.

However, allowing Facebook Inc. to sell your WhatsApp usage-data to advertisers is, of course, “free for you” :-) But you, and your privacy, are a $30-value to Facebook Inc. per year (FB).

Are Talketh calls “free”, like WhatsApp?

Talketh can, of course, also make free "app calls", however, Talketh has the added benefit of using significantly less data than WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype etc. [ref].

So, if a callers cellular carrier charges $0.05 per Megabyte, then a 3-minute “free app call” using Talketh costs $0.01 in data charges.

The same call on WhatsApp would cost $0.03, $0.06 on Telegram and $0.10 on Skype in cellular-data charges! And, if the call receiver has to pay $0.05 per Megabyte, then the call-price just doubled. So, not all “free” calls are “free”!

Therefore, if you pay per Megabyte of cellular-data, then Talketh “app calls” are significantly cheaper than WhatsApp and their ilk etc.

However, if you, and the person that you’re calling, are on free Wi-Fi or you both have “unlimited data plans” from your cellular operators, then use WhatsApp, because, hey, it's pretty good at that! Of course, that’s assuming you’re okay with giving up your privacy to Facebook Inc. in order to avail of “free” WhatsApp calls!

FREE phone calls using BAT cryptocurrency

You can call any phone number in the world by simply redeeming your FREE Brave rewards’ BAT tokens for Talketh call credit!

Simply install the Brave browser to earn FREE BAT cryptocurrency rewards. Once you have some BAT cryptocurrency in your Brave browser rewards wallet, just transfer them to your Brave Uphold wallet.

To redeem BAT for Talketh call credit:

  1. Open the Talketh “Me->Blockchain” screen, tap the Uphold.com button and tap “Go!” and connect to your Uphold account.
  2. Now select the Uphold currency (card) that you wish to topup with. Note, your BAT rewards can be redeemed at this point for Talketh call credit.
  3. Tap your desired topup amount, and that’s it!

Wait a few moments for the transaction to be executed on the Uphold blockchain and you’ll receive a notification inside your Talketh app confirming the topup.

Are there any BAT redemption fees when using Uphold?

No. There are no “hidden fees” for BAT, or any other Uphold currency, redemptions.

No Ethereum gas fees, no Uphold transaction fees, nothing.

All fees are paid by Talketh on your behalf. You can topup by as little as a $0.01’s worth of BAT and make that 1-minute call to the USA. It might be all you need!

How much call credit will 1 BAT get me?

At the time of redemption, BAT will be converted by Talketh to Ether (ETH) at the prevailing exchange rate from coinmarketcap.com. Then this amount of ETH will be credited to your Talketh +1-555-xxx-xxxx balance as call minutes; with 1 minute equal to $0.01 - i.e. our cheapest call price, to the USA.

For example, let's assume 1 BAT is worth $0.20. Talketh charges $0.01 per minute to call the USA, so 1 BAT will get you 20 minutes of talk time.

However, if you wish to call Peru, which costs $0.03 per minute, then 1 BAT will get you 6 minutes of talk time for your $0.20. What's cool though is that if the value of BAT goes up, then Talketh redemptions get more call minutes! Check out Talkeths' rates in the app, they are amongst the cheapest in the world and Talketh calls have superb quality!

Can I redeem BAT rewards without an Uphold account?

As of May 2020, Brave.com states that the only way to transfer Brave rewards’ BAT outside of Brave is to use Uphold.com.

Why blockchain?

Blockchain allows Talketh to reach the unbanked and underbanked. Simple as that.

There's no other way that billions of people can pay for affordable phone calls directly from their smartphone. Of course, people can pay their incumbent telecoms operator for calls but these are typically quite expensive, particularly in emerging markets, and are usually crazy-expensive to call outside of the incumbent operators network or state. This is where Talketh sits.

  1. Got free Wi-Fi and so does your friend/family, use WhatsApp or something like it.
  2. Got 4G with an "unlimited" data package and so does your friend/family, use WhatsApp or something like it!
  3. Calling on a pay per Megabyte 2G/3G/4G data network, need to call a landline, need to call a cell phone or an international phone number, then, nothing beats Talketh!

For example, according to numbeo 1 minute of talk time in Peru costs up to $0.17; on Talketh it's only $0.03. Check out Talkeths' rates in the app, you will be pleasantly surprised!

How can I topup using Ether?

Talketh allows users to topup their account using the Ether cryptocurrency as follows:

  1. In the Talketh app, open the “Me->Manage Keystore” screen.
  2. Tap “Export Keystore File” and this will save your password-protected keystore file to your hard drive.
  3. Now, open the Metamask Ethereum blockchain wallet manager inside the Brave (or Chrome) browser and login to Metamask.
  4. Tap the Metamask accounts icon and tap “Import Account”.
  5. Select “JSON File”, the tap “Choose file” to open the Talketh keystore file on your hard drive.
  6. Enter the Talketh keystore file password and your Talketh Ethereum wallet is now imported.
  7. Next step is to send Ether to the public key of the Talketh wallet from your funding source on Ethereum.
  8. Once the Ether is seen on your Metamask balance, you may then transfer the desired amount of Ether to the Talketh.eth address 0x37190e277eF2EBb1F0EC0c689F98B9e9c09684f5.
  9. When the Talketh Ethereum blockchain monitoring-server sees an incoming transfer of Ether from a Talketh app wallet address it will automatically assign this Ether transfer amount to the wallet of the Talketh account!

You have now converted Ether into Talketh call credit, all using just the Ethereum blockchain!

How can I topup using Airdrop tokens?

If an Ethereum token issuer rewarded you with some of their tokens in an airdrop, then all you have to do is swap your airdrop tokens into Ether and follow the previous steps for converting Ether into Talketh call credit.

Can I transfer my Talketh credit to my friends/family?

Yes. Talketh allows credit transfers between Talketh app users. In Talketh, open the Talketh users contact and the tap Transfer icon. Alternatively, send an in-app text message to your friends/family and at the top of the Talketh chat session, tap the three dashed-lines and select “Send Credit”. In the next dialog, enter the amount of microEther that you wish to transfer and hit “Send”. That’s it, you have transferred your credit to someone else.

Can I convert my Talketh credit back to cash, BAT or Ether?

No. Once transferred, Talketh credits can only be consumed inside the Talketh app for calls or transferred, as call-credit, amongst other Talketh users.

What’s a VOX Bonus?

VOX (voice) is our internal rewards service. When a Talketh user performs a topup using BAT, Ether or any other Uphold currency transfer, we automatically reward them with 10% of the value of their topup as an in-app VOX Bonus that they can redeem for additional Talketh call minutes.

We do this to encourage our users to use cryptocurrency instead of credit card based Talketh payments such as Apply Pay or PayPal, since these services carry a transaction cost to Talketh.

Am I rewarded for Talketh referrals?

Yes! Whoever you refer to Talketh only needs to register your number as their referrer. That’s it. Every time this user performs a topup using BAT, Ether or any other Uphold currency, we will automatically, and forever, give you 10% of the value of their topup as an in-app VOX Bonus that you can redeem for Talketh call minutes!

Get unmatched performance, security and privacy

Unlike WhatsApp etc. Talketh never, ever sends your phones' contacts to a Talketh server and Talketh never sells your activity and data to the highest bidder! In other words, "you are not the product"! Talketh knows nothing about you, however, Talketh does request access to your phones' contacts in order to allow you to find a number to dial more easily. If you prefer to type-in the number to dial, then Talketh does not need access to your phones' contacts.

What's the commercial model?

Talketh’s income comes solely from call-credit top-ups and this revenue is used to finance the operation of the Talketh telecoms network and to pay US dollars to the wholesale telecoms operators that Talketh uses to route your phone calls.

How do I recover my account?

In the Talketh app, open the “Me->Manage Keystore” screen. Tap “Export Keystore File” and this will save your password protected keystore file to safe storage in case you ever need to reinstall Talketh. You will need this file in future in case you ever need to recover your +155-xxxxxxx number and associated call-credits.

If you fail to save your keystore, then you will have to install Talketh again and get a new +1-555-xxx-xxxx number, we simply can't help without your keystore file.

Talketh support does not know or store any users' keys on its servers. So, please backup your keystore file!

Where is Talketh based?

We are based in “Crypto Valley”, Switzerland. You can contact us at servicedesk@talketh.io

How will Talketh scale to millions of users?

Talketh runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud. When more virtual machines are required to handle increased telecoms traffic then we automatically "spin them up". When network load reduces then we "spin them down". Azure is a very elastic network and Talketh leverages this amazing feature to best serve our users.