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Speed Test for Walkie Talkie Software (VoicePing, Zello, Voxer, Talkbox)

Smartphone Push-to-talk apps speed test

Among its peers, it has recorded the fastest time with regards to sending and receiving messages. A call-setup time test was done in Singapore comparing VoicePing to fellow PTT apps Zello, Voxer, and Talkbox using supported data networks- Wifi, 3G, and 4G.

Speed Test 1: VoicePing vs Zello vs Voxer on Wifi

Over a wifi connection, It took VoicePing an average of just 0.94 seconds to send and receive a message. The fastest Voxer did was 1.01 seconds, and Zello 1.84 seconds.

Zello - 1.84 seconds

Voxer - 1.16 sec, 1.01 seconds,

VoicePing - 0.94 seconds

Speed Test 2: VoicePing vs Talkbox on Wifi

Still using the same wifi network, VoicePing and Talkbox were timed while sending short and long messages. Because Talkbox sends messages asynchronously, there was an obvious delay in transmitting. It needed 2.25 seconds for a short message, while VoicePing clocked a full second faster.

For long messages, it took Talkbox even more time since it doesn’t transmit until the sender stops talking. VoicePing on the other hand, being a live streaming PTT app, played the message simultaneously while the sender was talking!

Talk box: short 1 second message: 2 seconds

Talk box: long message: as long as the message itself.

VoicePing Short Message: 1.25 seconds

VoicePing Long Message: ~1 second setup, instant replay.

Speed Test 3: VoicePing vs Zello on Singtel 4G

Next, over a 4G network, three speed tests were done each for Zello and VoicePing. Zello timed 2.14, 2.36, and 2.03 seconds respectively, while VoicePing did better with 0.89, 1.01 sec, and 0.98 seconds respectively.

Zello: 2.14 sec, 2.36 sec, 2.03 sec

VoicePing: 0.89 sec, 1.01 sec, 0.98 sec

Speed Test 4: VoicePing vs Zello on Singtel 3G

Finally, over a 3G network, VoicePing also outdid Zello by clocking 0.81, 1.31, and 1.01 seconds, besting Zello’s time of 3.41, 1.98, and 2.23 seconds.

Zello: 3.41 sec, 1.98 sec, 2.23 sec

VoicePing: 0.81 sec, 1.31 sec, 1.01 sec

Speed Test Results

                VoicePing      Zello           Voxer              Talkbox

Wifi          0.94 sec        1.84 sec     1.08 sec          Not live PTT

4G           0.96 sec        2.17 sec      -                      - 

3G           1.04 sec        2.54 sec      -                      -

*lower is better

The purpose of these tests is not to prove which app is ultimately superior, but rather to answer questions about the different types of PTT and their speed of service, and giving us an idea of how PTT technology generally works.

In conclusion, smart devices, especially our phones, are becoming more advanced and even more capable. There is great anticipation about the potential value of utilising these devices in communication among different user groups via PTT.

The benefits of PTT can extend to a wider community, not just business, through the interoperability of smartphones and PTT applications. What is unchanged is the need to plan appropriately; ensuring business demands are met with the right solution: the right network, the right platform, the right device. So far VoicePing has shown it has the potential to be the forerunner in PTT apps.

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