• No More Voicemail is an app that kills voicemail so callers have to text you instead

    No More Voicemail is an app that kills voicemail so callers have to text you instead

    Voicemail is so last century. The idea of phoning someone then leaving a rambling message when they don’t pick up seems decidedly antiquated in the age of instant connectivity, where friends, family, colleagues and others can be easily reached with a text. Voicemail is so over, in fact, that large corporations like JP Morgan and Coca-Cola have ditched the service entirely. If only… Read More

  • Apple Patents Live Voicemail Screening, Would Let Users Pick Up And Answer Mid-Message

    Apple Patents Live Voicemail Screening, Would Let Users Pick Up And Answer Mid-Message

    Apple has a new patent published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), and this one is a result of its deal to acquire Nortel’s considerable trove of intellectual property with the Rockstar consortium of tech companies. The patent describes a method for letting user listen in on, as well as interrupt and answer remotely hosted voicemail recordings. Essentially, this is what old… Read More

  • Palm Pre will be blind: no Visual Voicemail upon launch

    Well, Twitter has become the pinnacle of gossip, grapevine chatter, and frankly, just good ol’ breaking news.  Yesterday, Palm made a very subjective statement through the company’s Twitter account in response to the question about Visual Voicemail: “Palm Synergy presents integrated messaging in lots of useful ways, but not that particular way”. From the statement, it… Read More

  • Voicemail is dead

    Farhad Manjoo at Slate makes a good point: voicemail, the clunky old process of “pressing 1 to play, 9 to delete,” is dead. Transcription services like Google Voice and Spinvox have made the process of getting messages from your phone in audio format obsolete. And good riddance. Read More

  • Kodak taking cost cutting to the extreme

    Kodak must not be doing so well. As part of a cust cutting move, the company is eliminating a vital, but still annoying, business tool. Free Coffee? Not yet. Elevators? Nope? Email? Nope, but getting closer. Read More

  • My voicemail box is full! So what?

    [photopress:10_voicemail.gif,full,center] Right now, I’m using a phone from Helio as my main phone. It’s no secret that we like what those guys are doing — they make full-featured phones for nerds; awesome! — but Helio’s voicemail system only allows for thirty messages. I get many calls a day, pitches to hear about USB baby-rocking cradles… Read More

  • AllTell to offer Voice2TXT transcription service

    Visual voicemail, visual shmoisemail. Alltell wireless just launched Voice2TXT using SpinVox to transcribe users’ voicemail messages to text, ensuring that a simple message (“Pick me up at the airport, mom, it’s snowing!”) will turn into “PUCK ME UP THE ASHPORT [UNINTELLIGABLE] I LIKE BLOW.” Ok, it won’t be that bad, but I’ll be trying the… Read More

  • 'YouMail' lets you assign multiple voicemail greetings

    I’d like to declare that the Mac vs. PC shtick is old and tired. If you’re releasing a new product, please refrain from spoofing those ads. That is all. YouMail lets you assign customized voicemail greetings based on who’s calling. Finally. Yes. I love it. It’s touted as a service that let’s you "express yourself to friends and family while remaining… Read More

  • Hey Jealousy: SimulSays Provides Apple-Like Visual Voicemail for Non-iPhone Users

    Hot on the heels of the iPhone’s release comes SimulScribe’s SimulSays Beta, available for Blackberry owners (8800 series, Pearl, and Curve) and Windows Mobile users. SimulSays is a visual voicemail system much like Apple’s visual voicemail system. Instead of deleting or bypassing fifteen messages to get to an older message, your voicemails are laid out visually similar to… Read More

  • CallWave Mobile Widget: My New Best Friend

    I dislike listening to my voice-mail almost as much as I dislike answering my cell phone in the first place. CallWave Mobile allows me to monitor my messages via e-mail, and now thanks to a Widget for Mac OS X Dashboard, I don’t even have to check my e-mail to see who’s called. CallWave Mobile is a free “visual voice-mail” service letting you see, sort, listen and… Read More

  • SpinVox Spins to the States

    to note that SpinVox is now launching within our borders. He’s been using the service since December and seems to be mighty pleased with it. Whenever you receive a voicemail, SpinVox converts the message to text and sends it to your phone via SMS. That way you can get the message in a timelly, but unobtrusive, fashion. Although it is currently negotiating carriers, you can test the… Read More