Today, mobile startup Skydeck is coming out of beta with a serious set of features that bridges cell phones and the Web, and a serious business model to boot. Up until now, Skydeck’s beta took data from your cell phone bill to show you what your real social network looks like based on who you call the most.
Now it is offering a service that syncs what happens on your phone to the Web, listing all of your contacts, received calls, missed calls, voicemails, and text messages. You can listen to your voicemails from your browser or, better yet, read a transcribed version of each voicemail (via SpinVox). Since it is online, you can also search all of your voicemails and text messages. And you can reply to messages from your browser, with all the calls appearing to come from your cell phone number. It works best on Blackberry and Android phones (although most of the features work on nearly any phone), and costs $9.95 a month.
In order to do the voicemail transcription, Skydeck actually takes over your voicemail (with your permission). Calls from your browser are free to other Skydeck members, or 3 cents a minute throughout the U.S. I want this service, but I’m not sure I want to pay $9.95 a month. Would you?
Skydeck raised $3 million last September, and CEO Jason Devitt previously founded Vindigo. Here is a video, in which he demos the new features.