To make calls in NewTalk, you will need:
- An internet connection - Accessed via desktop or laptop.
- An audio connection - phone, landline, cell, or computer audio.
- A web browser - Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, or Safari
Note: We are currently hard at work making ThruTalk (New) usable with mobile devices and tablets, but currently, they are not supported for accessing the user experience.
Your internet connection
Your internet connection is the first of the three tools you need. Can you load a streaming video, and does it play without buffering? If so, great! You should have no trouble connecting! Make sure to close out all your browser windows and tabs except for the login to ThruTalk (New). Anything heavy on internet usage like streaming video, video calls, audio, or other downloads could impact the calling experience, so we especially recommend closing those.
Your audio connection
Your audio connection is the second tool you need. You can connect via a phone (either landline or cell) or your computer.
CALL USING A PHONE
If you are using a phone to establish an audio connection, you simply need to click "Start Calling" on the assignment, then select "Connect with my phone."
We will call your phone number attached to your user profile by default, or you can choose to connect to another number.
Who should use their phone for making calls:
- People with a landline available for calling
- People with a strong cell phone signal - a minimum of three bars
- People in large groups of callers gathered together, using an internet service with speeds that are less than ideal.
- People who experience audio issues when using the "Connect with my computer" option
Handling an issue when calling using a phone
If you think you are having trouble with your phone connection based on the likely issues noted above, work through these solutions:
- Reboot your phone; the signal often improves.
- Try a headset with a microphone. The audio will be louder and your voice clearer.
- Move around your location to see where your signal is strongest and move to that spot.
- Contact your phone provider to determine if there are known issues in your area.
Try the "Connect with my computer" option if these solutions do not work.
If you are in a group, whether in person or virtually, we recommend all users who have adequate phone reception (cell or landline) use their phones for ThruTalk audio in order to preserve bandwidth better for the interaction displaying on their device screen.
CALL USING A COMPUTER
Who should use the "Call Using Computer" option:
- People who are receiving two bars or less of cellular service
- People with more contemporary computer devices
- People who experience audio issues when making calls from their phones
Handling an issue when calling with your computer
- Try logging in with Incognito/Private browsing mode on your browser.
- Switch to a different web browser from the one you're currently using.
- If you're on WiFi, move to a location with a strong signal.
- Restart your modem/router to clear up any other connection issues.
- Try restarting your computer.
Try calling with your phone if these solutions do not work.
Your web browser
Your browser is the third tool you need. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Safari will work on desktops. Internet Explorer is not supported.
Be sure to download the latest versions of the browser you are using.
Once you've ensured you have all the tools ready to make calls, you are ready to log in!