TalkLocal Launches Mobile App

January 21, 2015

2:30 pm

TalkLocal, the Washington, DC-based company that gives consumers an easy way to connect with local service providers, has announced the launch of its mobile app. The apps are available to download for free through the App Store and Google Play, and will allow consumers to speak with service providers in real-time over the phone right when they need them.

“We’re really excited about the mobile app,” said TalkLocal cofounder and president Manpreet Singh. “We think that it’s the next best step and will allow us to help even more people.

TalkLocal currently runs an online search platform that allows you to connect directly with local service providers within a brief wait period (usually no more than 90 seconds). Whether you’re it’s an electrician or an accountant, TalkLocal will connect you over the phone with up to three local providers to help you pin down the right provider for your specific needs. According to the company, these matches are based on location, schedule, online ratings/reviews, social reputation and interaction, call analytics, and other kinds of feedback. They recently demoed the app at this year’s International CES:

Through the new TalkLocal mobile app, users are provided with the same experience as they are with the company’s current Web experience, but utilizes a GPS locator for searching within a user’s proximity. Simply enter your contact information, describe your needs, and hear from up to three matching local service providers over the phone. Really, the new app from TalkLocal operates in the same vein as Siri, except it actually connects you directly to a live person on the other end of the line and at a much faster rate. Additionally, to ensure that user data is kept private, the app connects consumers via Voice over IP (VoIP).

In September of last year, TalkLocal announced its rebrand from SevaCall, as well as the closing of a $2.6 million Series A round of funding. Since then, the company has opened offices in San Francisco, CA and College Park, MD, and has grown to a staff of approximately 30 people. They’re not slowing down anytime soon, though – according to Singh, the company is still focused on growth and is looking to hire for more people on sales and development.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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