CBS Releases New iPhone Star Trek Communicator Application

CBS Interactive has released a new official Star Trek application for your iPhone that turns it into an original series Star Trek communicator, complete with authentic sounds and voice effects. See below for demo video and more details. 


Turn your iPhone into a Star Trek communicator

The new official Star Trek Communicator can be used for fun or for real. The design replicates the original series communicator seen used by Kirk and his crew and the app comes with sounds from the original Star Trek, and it even ‘opens up’ when you flick your wrist. It has a paging function that allows for interactive role playing and a full dialer page that allows access to your personal contacts.

The official Star Trek communicator app (iPhone Savior)

The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and costs $1.99 (although the phone function will only work with iPhone). It can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

This app is a case of if you can’t beat them, join them. It was developed by Talkndog Mobile last year who released an earlier version as the "Star Radio Communicator". After CBS had that unlicensed app pulled the Talkndog team worked with CBS to develop this new officially licensed version. The Talkndog team talk about the new app in interview with iPhone Savior. iPhone Savior also have put out this demo video.  

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Pensive's Wetness
July 12, 2010 12:34 pm

Wee. Should i finally buy a iPhone…?

July 12, 2010 12:34 pm


Harry Ballz
July 12, 2010 12:38 pm


July 12, 2010 12:40 pm

They need to come up with a Tricorder App for the ipad.

July 12, 2010 12:40 pm


But is it $2.99 neat?

July 12, 2010 12:42 pm

Oh, yeeeah!. I-phone here I come!

I'm Dead Jim!
July 12, 2010 12:49 pm

Makes me want an iPhone a lot more!

July 12, 2010 12:52 pm

About time !

I cant wait for more TOS stuff to come out,,


Captain Dunsel
July 12, 2010 12:53 pm

I’m all over that. Loading up the App Store right now. $2.99 quatloos, no prob, put it on my tab…. :)

July 12, 2010 12:57 pm

Finally, an app I want.

Daniel Shock
July 12, 2010 1:02 pm

What happened to that “Captain’s Log” app that was up briefly and disappeared? Was it unlicensed?

July 12, 2010 1:09 pm

What, no love for Android users?

July 12, 2010 1:11 pm

Still can’t get me to pay for an apple product, sorry.

July 12, 2010 1:18 pm

@ 4. Lore – They need to come up with a Tricorder App for the ipad.

That’s what i’m talkin about.

July 12, 2010 1:26 pm

The Trek Communicator didn’t mind if you held it around it’s silver metal edge did it, you could even reach a vessel in orbit without a dropped call! They were smart enough to put the antanna in the coolest flip open lid ever :)

July 12, 2010 1:29 pm

Cool, cool. And yeah, no android version?

July 12, 2010 1:30 pm

Call me when iPhone is available on something other that AT&T.

July 12, 2010 1:30 pm

Downloaded it without hesitation :-)

July 12, 2010 1:31 pm


And yes a tricorder app that works. Doctors suck.

July 12, 2010 1:34 pm

Tooo Coooollll!!!!!!

July 12, 2010 1:35 pm

Hmmm, seems neat, but the button press sound effects sound too generic. Not very Star Trek-ey. Like when the user hit the button to go to the dialer, and when the number buttons were hit.

July 12, 2010 1:44 pm

Meh. It would be better if they would just make a cell phone that looks like one. Not wildly impressed with a picture on a screen.

July 12, 2010 1:54 pm

What is an iPhone?

July 12, 2010 1:55 pm

Funny how the communicator “chirping” sfx sound happens when opening AND closing, like the communicator in Pike’s Cabin in “The Cage”…

July 12, 2010 2:15 pm

Fun! What does the far right button do?

… and I have had no reception problems with my iphone 4 – lots of hype about all that as far as my experience shows.

July 12, 2010 2:19 pm

Just went online to buy it, and was informed that the product is being modified and currently unavailable. What gives? Also, that $2.99 price tag is a bit steep; methinks that $1.99 would have been closer in line for what is essentially just a skin with sound, albeit a very cool one…

Naver Drol
July 12, 2010 2:30 pm

I’ve already got the TOS communicator ‘chirp’ as the ring tone on my old black Razor flip phone. Some people know exactly what it is when they hear it. Others wonder why my phone sounds like a bird.

July 12, 2010 2:51 pm

And I can happily report that the “update” was a lowering in price! It’s now $1.99. That’s the power of at work! Thanks, Anthony…

Shawn in LV
July 12, 2010 2:55 pm

@ 26 I don’t know what you’re talking about as I just downloaded it to my phone. But seriously, $2.99 is steep? Are you kidding?

Nevertheless, the price is incorrect, it’s only $1.99 so now you can afford it.

Shawn in LV
July 12, 2010 2:56 pm

Whoops… we posted at the same time.

July 12, 2010 3:01 pm

‘Still can’t get me to pay for an apple product, sorry.’


I am not Herbert
July 12, 2010 3:15 pm


…too bad I don’t have an iPhone… =(

Todd F
July 12, 2010 3:45 pm

There *is* a Tricorder app, the TR-580.

July 12, 2010 3:53 pm

25… “… and I have had no reception problems with my iphone 4 – lots of hype about all that as far as my experience shows.”

Consumer Reports disagrees. They gave iPhone4 a “not recommended” rating today. They love the phone, but their testing says it has antenna problems (iPhone 3 and Palm Pre were tested similarly and didn’t have the problem.)

Anthony Pascale
July 12, 2010 3:59 pm

I corrected article it is $1.99 now. I am not sure if the price changed after I first drafted the article last night or if it was a typo, but it is indeed $1.99

July 12, 2010 4:04 pm

Would have been nice if they could have tied in the Voice Control calling feature to make calls.

Although I’d rather they spent their efforts to make a Bluetooth Communicator.

Lastly, my iPhone 4 suffers from no dropped calls. I am getting better reception than I did with my 3G.

July 12, 2010 4:17 pm

Downloading it now. I remember when I got my first cell phone back in the day, got it home and did the communicator flip open with it. Lost my grip, though, and sent it flying across the room. Thankfully I have a case (one of the engraved delta badge ones) so that shouldn’t happen again.

Stan Wingston
July 12, 2010 4:24 pm


July 12, 2010 4:29 pm

@36 There is a licensed TOS bluetooh communicator in the works but its not an Apple product. Outwardly it faithfully recreates the original prop but with an LCD moire pattern as opposed to a stopwatch or motor driven pattern. All dimensions taken from an original. Hopefully there will be more ‘official’ news later on this year. BTW, this isnt one of the ones seen on Ebay but rather an offering from a major licensee so *fingers crossed*.

July 12, 2010 4:32 pm


July 12, 2010 4:32 pm

@35 Yes, Anthony, they lowered the price from $2.99 to $1.99.

@29 Shawn, as noted in my subsequent post, the price dropped from $2.99 to $1.99. I must have hit that brief window during the price change on my initial attempt (my original post), and was happy to see the result. It’s a very cute little app, and yes it was affordable for $3, but what I was questioning was if you were getting much bang for the initial $3 in what is essentially a pretty skin with a handful of sound effects. My idea of some engineering and pizazz for a $3 app is the StarWalk Astronomy program, which is a great value and packed with tons of doodads and hours of explorable data.

I have no regrets buying this nifty little communicator app, but let’s face it, the bulk of the price goes towards the CBS/Paramount licensing machine, which has a maw the size of a Doomsday Machine. Hey, with any luck, later iterations may add more functions and whatnot.

Hat Rick
July 12, 2010 6:21 pm

Trek rox! So does this app, which I now have on my iPhone. It’s well worth the $1.99 I paid for it.

No, it’s not gonna cure cancer, but it’s fun. And if you can’t spend a couple of bucks for fun on in a while, and for Trek no less, well, then, what’s life for?

So I’ll skip my next Starbucks fix. No biggie.

July 12, 2010 6:51 pm

cool love to get it.
after I get the phone.
after I get a job.

July 12, 2010 7:09 pm

How about the communicator phone we were promised last year?

July 12, 2010 8:55 pm

I want it for Android, darn it!!!

July 12, 2010 9:40 pm

@33 Not an iPad app.

July 12, 2010 9:45 pm

Somebody made an app exactly like that that could be used to make calls and such in app .. i had it on my Iphone last year

July 12, 2010 10:00 pm

I need one. Yaaaaaaaa

July 12, 2010 10:09 pm

no shit!

July 12, 2010 10:20 pm

need one for android
I would get the app