NEVER Listen To VoiceMail Again- SpinVox: a second look
I was speaking with a friend yesterday who happens to be as big a gadget hound as I am. For years, whenever we would see each other we would compare notes on what devices we were both using. Over the last year however we are both using an iPhone so now the conversation isn’t about devices as much as it is about apps.
In the midst of our conversation he commented, "I just wish that I could get my voicemail as an e-mail instead of voice. Listening to voice mail is just so inconvenient."
I told him that I hadn’t listened to a voicemail in over two months. Mine, I said are transcribed and sent to me as an email. I love it and will never go back. Needless to say, he was curious and wanted to know more.
Being the kind individual I am I told him everything about the system I use except what system I actually use. When we were saying goodnight he asked me again if I would tell them what application I’m using and I told her that I would let him know within the next few hours but that he just have to wait.
When I got home last night I started writing an e-mail about the amazing service SpinVox but decided that I’m so pleased with the service and the way integrates with my iPhone that I would post the information here once again rather than simply give it to him privately. So Mark, here’s the system I use. It costs no more than $5.99 a month and I highly recommend you look into.
Grand Central recently became Google voice. While it’s still closed to anyone who didn’t already have an account, I have had the opportunity to use it for the last two weeks. Among the features it offers is free transcription of voicemail and delivery via SMS or e-mail. It has the huge benefit of being free but, thus far, I’m not finding the accuracy to be everything I hoped. It works, but not as well as I’d like right to make it my daily system.
On the other hand, I was invited to review SpinVox a few months back and, while it does have a monthly fee attached to it, it is worth every penny. I couldn’t be happier with the service, have every intention to continuing to use it, and couldn’t recommend it more strongly.
SpinVox redirects your voicemail to its servers, transcribes the text, and delivers both the transcription and the original audio file to your e-mail inbox. There’s a bit of a lag between the message being left and it being delivered but it is not so bad as to make the service ineffective. In fact, depending upon how busy the servers are, the turnaround time can be downright fast. But that isn’t all the service does. It also allows you to send memos to yourself, added new posts to your blog via voice, and much more.
For the most part, I’ve been using the service for transcription only but the accuracy is so terrific but it’s definitely worth looking into using the full range of services it offers.
Heck, it can even be used to update your Facebook status!
Before I end this post I should also note that while I do not listen to voicemail any longer. While I love getting my email AND voicemail as text there are times when listenning is still easier or safer than reading.
The superb app TalkMail Pro does a great job of reading my email to me on the go. TalkMail Pro (reviewed HERE) does so on the fly with a one year subscripyion at a VERY reasonable price.