Texting while driving isn’t just dumb, it’s downright dangerous. There are apps out there that will stop you from being able to use your iPhone while you’re on the roll, but what if you absolutely need to keep in touch with friends, family, and other loved ones? Chatbaka is available on the App Store to help you manage those important conversations hands-free.
Integrated with your cell phone number
When you first launch Chatbaka, it will prompt you to enter your cellular phone number. The app sends you a confirmation code to ensure you got the digits right, and then is supposed to send all of the messages using your telephone number. My experience showed the messages coming from a different phone number, however.
No texting while driving
Chatbaka detects when you’re driving, and disables the keyboard within the app. Instead, you push the big red microphone button and record your message. Your contact, if they have the app, gets notified within Chatbaka. If they don’t have Chatbaka installed, they’ll get a normal SMS message, transcribed from your voice, along with the audio clip recorded when you dictate your message. The app also integrates with hands-free devices, allowing you to be even safer while you drive.
When a new message comes in while you’re driving, Chatbaka will read that message to you. You can reply, once again by pressing the big red microphone button, meaning you don’t have to look down at your keyboard to reply to the message. It doesn’t take over your regular messaging, though, so only messages either sent using the app or by reply to a message from it will be received in Chatbaka.
Start voice messaging instead of texting
Chatbaka is designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 7 or later. It is available as a free download on the App Store, without advertisements or in-app purchases.