SpinVox Voice To Text- Review

On February 16, 2009

Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to be using an amazing service for converting voice memos to text. Sure, I’ve been having this ability for quite a while through Jott and reQall. What makes this particular service so special, however, is that it also converts my voicemail messages to text and sends them to me as e-mail or SMS messages. Better yet, the accuracy is remarkable.

The name of service is– SpinVox– and, quite honestly, I was sold on it after using it for only a few minutes. Let’s take a look at what the service offers.


SpinVox works with a wide variety of devices but offers some specifics when using either an iPhone or a Blackberry. You can set a personalized greeting for your message and when callers receive it there told at the end "SpinVox: Your message will be converted to text".

One of the nice features is that you can set the recording time so that people can speak anywhere from 30 seconds to three full minutes and the text will be recorded and transcribed. That means people don’t have to rush through messages. This is a good thing since the only thing that really stands in the way of the accuracy of the transcription is people rushing through the message. When the message is garbled, however, you can simply listen to the original message as well. That means there really isn’t a downside to using the service as you lose nothing but potentially gain a great amount.

Here is an example of its accuracy…

This is a test. I wanna see how accurate SpinVox is, period. I’m in the middle of writing my review of SpinVox for What’s On iPhone and I’d like to be able to paste this message right into the post, period. The amazing thing is that I have anywhere between 30 second and 3 full minutes to speak before the SpinVox voicemail message ends the call, period. That give me plenty of time to get details and do not have to race through the speaking(?), period.

I should note that if people do speak for an extended period of time and you have selected to get notifications through SMS messaging service may have to send a number of messages — translation: get an unlimited SMS package if you use it.

Another nice feature is that you can divert your office or home phone (I personally don’t have a home phone any longer) to the service as well and again the same advantages.

The memo feature works much the same way but provides a personalized phone number to call when leaving a message. Once again, the accuracy is excellent and makes the service a pleasure to use.

There are additional features as well. You can use the service to actually post to your blog or to send a blast message out. And earlier today I set up the service to post directly to both twitter and Facebook. I will be testing them out and will report back within a couple days.

The question then, of course, is how much a service such as this costs. I tried another service to transcribe my voice mail messages to text but not only wasn’t the accuracy up to par but after my free trial they wanted to charge me per message. That ends up way too fast and isn’t an option these days. The good news is that spin doesn’t use this approach at all. In much of the world the service costs $9.99 per month and from its US partners the service is just a reasonable $5.99. To my mind that’s a really good deal and it’s something that I will continue to use going forward.

In all, SpinVox is excellent. The fact that the accuracy of the transcription is so high it makes it a truly usable service. The fact that the same service can be used to transcribe my voice messages and create memos and post to a blog or twitter or Facebook means that one service interfaces with a number of the different means by which I communicate.

You can get more information HERE.