The Zello app is an internet radio. Unlike Skype, there is no way to send text messages, but all transmitted and received voice messages remain in the archive. Something similar Apple implements in its messenger on iOS 8. In the program, you can communicate with one subscriber, current and with a whole group of users. For public communication, channels are created that work on the principle of frequency in a conventional radio. If you subscribe to the channel, you can hear all users of the channel and send your audio messages. Channels are open to everyone and password-protected.
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In addition to iOS devices, you can connect to the service from other platforms. This is Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry. There is a version for PC, and what is especially interesting is that you can even go on the air from FM radio stations through a special radio gateway.
That is, you can receive and process information from both mobile phones and field radios. Apparently such versatility was the reason for the success of the application, first among the professional participants in the conflict, and then among the observers and sympathizers.
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As they write in Ukrainian blogs. Zello is sufficiently tamper-proof and continues to upgrade. The security service of Ukraine even monitors open channels in order to obtain information about the enemy. There is even an assumption that Zello is being developed with the participation of Russian special services and is an element of an information war.
Of course, all these rumors cause even more interest among ordinary users.
Finding channels of a certain direction is not difficult. It is enough to enter into the search “Maidan” and the name of the city, or “Antimaydan” and the name of the city. Who likes what.
From my own experience, I will say that 99% of all conversations in open channels are clarification of the relationship between those who are “for” and those who are “against”.
Perhaps there is more interesting information in closed channels, but they just don't accept it “from the street”.
Despite the fact that the main developers of Zello are from Russia, a company from the United States is registered. Therefore, the connection with the Russian special services is questionable here. Probably just a good product found its audience in due time.