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Vyke

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Reviewed by Joe Roberts

20 May 2016

Vyke

What is Vyke?

Vyke is a new Voice Over IP service from Vyke Telecoms. Aside from letting you call landlines, mobiles, and other Vyke users, its central feature is the ability to assign new mobile phone numbers to yourself. The idea is that you can have several phone numbers without having to buy numerous different handsets and SIM cards.

What’s good?

Vyke works using the internet so you’ll need data or Wi-Fi access to use it. Once you download the app you’ll be sent a verification code via text which you then enter into Vyke. It’s basically the whole Whatsapp setup process: quick and easy.

Once you’re in, you can add up to four separate numbers immediately, the first of which is completely free. After that you’ll have to pay 99p for extra numbers. You need to buy Vyke credit in order to buy the extra numbers and use them to text and call with, which can be done through the app or the Vyke website.

It’s then simply a case of choosing which number profile you want to use by tapping the icons at the bottom of the screen. Once you’ve chosen, you have all the options you usually would when using your phone, including texting and calling, as well as chatting directly to other Vyke users using the app’s own peer-to-peer messaging platform.

When using your extra numbers, text and call costs vary from country to country. In the UK, texts will cost 3.23p, calls to mobiles 4p, and calls to landlines 1.10p. You can check the rates through the app itself and your credit is always displayed prominently at the top of the screen. You can also call international numbers for pretty decent prices. Calls to the US from the UK cost 1.24p, and texts 3.23p. That’s cheaper than Skype’s rates.

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Contacts who use Vyke will be highlighted in your contacts list. You can call them for free, but at this point very few people will be using the app – although there’s certainly potential for Vyke to take off.

The quality of calls obviously depends on your internet connection, but I generally found the call quality to be very good.

There’s a host of other features, including the ability turn certain numbers off and on. So if you don’t feel like being bothered by a particular group of people who you’ve given one of your Vyke numbers to, you can simply turn the number off and all those annoying texts and calls will cease immediately.

This is one of Vyke’s strengths: the developers seem to have really thought about what users will need, adding in extra functionality that, while not crucial to the way Vyke works, make it seem like a fully-formed app.

What’s bad?

The requirement for internet access means that the extra numbers you add aren’t quite as good as getting an extra SIM. You’ll need to use your data if you’re out and about and want to use one of your other numbers. Still, most of us will usually have some form of internet connection at most times so it’s not a deal-breaker. It’s just that the extra numbers you get aren’t quite as good as a real second number that can use mobile networks for voice calling.

During my time using Vyke I had very little trouble, although on one occasion I couldn’t send a text using one of my newly added extra numbers. There was no explanation as to why either, other than a brief message saying something to the effect of ‘text message cannot be sent’. It could have been some setting which I’d inadvertently activated, but a little explanation would have helped.

Verdict

Vyke’s central feature, the ability to add extra numbers, is great and could really prove popular if enough people get to hear about Vyke. But it’s the extra stuff, like international calls, and the level of control the app gives you over each number you register which makes Vyke one of the better VOIP services available.

Score: 9/10 | Price: Free | In-app purchases? Yes | Download Vyke

Our Score:

9

John

March 22, 2015, 7:43 pm

Ivona would get my vote. You haven't heard TTS until you've heard this incredibly realistic sounding human voice. I absolutely love it for Pocket, Google Books etc

And how is Kindle on there and not Google Play Books? Kindle as an app is ridiculously basic and simply leverages Amazon's bookstore coverage. Play Books is more flexible eg. TTS.

Amer Zaveri

April 2, 2015, 9:30 am

I would like to add one cool Android app for file transfer - Mesh It Up which transfers file at a very fast speed among Android devices within minutes. You can even transfer heavy files of video among the devices.

Alphajoe

April 2, 2015, 1:50 pm

You haven't covered one of the most important features of MailWise: The option to have the emails displayed as simple and easy to read conversations without any clutter.

But I agree on the lack of IMAP push support.

navigator

April 3, 2015, 10:10 pm

This is what Blackberry 10 has by default... called Hub.

Amshu Patel

June 11, 2015, 7:47 pm

Uniq Mobile Finder is a great application for getting your lost or stolen mobile phone. I got my lost phone and I just loved it, it worked like a magic for me for getting back my phone when I lost it. I challenge this is going to be one of the best app in 2015. Must use app for every device.

Replay Creation

June 15, 2015, 9:23 am

Full Battery Alarm Pro is an unique android app which prevents mobile phone battery from being overcharged by sounding an alarm.

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Djibril Camaro

June 23, 2015, 7:52 pm

One of my favourite apps is:
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Kodi Configu

July 1, 2015, 12:13 am

My favourite app is the CONFIGURATOR FOR KODI

tsr g

July 11, 2015, 6:39 am

'Everyday Calculation' is easily one of the best productivity App in the Play store

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Den Watsons

August 19, 2015, 1:02 pm

MyAudioStream should be added, a s a good audio player and streamer.

DPLight

November 8, 2015, 9:29 pm

Office lens works wonders in a museum .. if you cannot get in front of it .. use lens (providing the painting is not too big)

FreeAppIn

November 20, 2015, 7:04 pm

Check out LIVING CELLS, it is interactive and very customizable live wallpaper. Try it now and watch those beautiful and colorful patterns, you can get it here: https://play.google.com/store/...

Jade C

November 21, 2015, 12:56 pm

Cool little addictive game/language learning app.

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generic etcetera

December 18, 2015, 8:28 pm

A very creative idea

Ben

February 20, 2016, 12:13 am

Great app for checking Lotto results, faster than the official app.
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itb-development

March 7, 2016, 8:29 am

Can anyone tell me the best selfie apps please? When i had windows there was lumia selfie ,the most incredible one and soon to be coming to android please god!! I need all the filters and beautifying i can get these days know its vain but took my firsy selfie in my late thirties and it made me look like i was in my late twenties yay!

DarthDiggler

March 8, 2016, 4:28 pm

I'd try that camera app that comes with the phone. :)

toboev

March 12, 2016, 9:53 am

How quickly are disused Vyke numbers recycled? What is the chance of getting somebody else's discarded number, or of them getting one of yours? You'd need to be careful about what you used these numbers for.

Odd but Awesome

March 31, 2016, 3:18 pm

How do I submit an app for you to review please?

Armaan Modi

April 14, 2016, 5:27 pm

Candy camera, Camera 360..

Erik Caso

April 15, 2016, 9:01 pm

Chromecast on younity is on its way, so stay tuned. Thanks.

Rukaji Akira

May 14, 2016, 11:11 am

Quipsphere is the mobile app for sharing ideas, comments and opinions in the form of recorded voice message.. way better than twitter in my opinion.

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