In August voice-to-text service Jott moved out of beta and added a premium feature for $4/month. Since then, the company says, about 30% of Jott’s active users have opted for the premium, no-ads version of the service.
People use it to send voice-to-text emails and sms messages, send Twitter messages, add calendar items, etc. Voice messages are transcribed into text via software with humans to clean things up.
The free version of Jott is going to end on February 2, CEO John Pollard told me today. The terrible advertising market, he says, means every customer has to pay their own way from now on. Customers will need to pay $4/month to continue the service, the current price for a premium account. This includes users of the Jott iPhone application.
New Voicemail To Text Service
Jott is also preparing to roll out a new service, voicemail-to-text. Like competitors Spinvox, PhoneTag, GotVoice and others, voicemails will be converted into text messages and sent to you within a couple of minutes. The application is priced at the same level as competitors, $10/month for up to 40 messages. The product launches today.