Tag: voicemail

PhoneFusion offering free visual voicemail


PhoneFusion just announced some beta software for BlackBerry they’re working on that will bring office, VoIP, and cell voice mailboxes to your BlackBerry. It’s fairly ambitious to cover all those different voice platforms in one app, but Fusion Voicemail Plus has been running on Windows Mobile since March, which should have set a lot of the groundwork. PhoneFusion does a lot of of other stuff surrounding fixed-mobile convergence, too - be sure to check out their site. To give it a shot, just head on over to www.fvmplus.com/ and sign up for the beta.

SimulScribe changes name to PhoneTag, adds contacts feature


The guys at SimulScribe have changed their name to PhoneTag and added a new feature to their software, which we reviewed a few months ago. The new feature lets you upload your contact list to their website for use in their voicemail transcription app. When the message is transcribed, it will come to you from the email address of the person who recorded it, allowing for a quick email reply. It will also append the user’s name to the subject and spell it correctly in the transcription — so if you know a Tracey, a Tracie, and a Tracy, you’re in luck.

They note that the name change might cause some issues with users’ spam folders, and if you’re one of the few affected you can call them at 1-800-788-0916 or email them.

WES Exhibitor Spotlight: SpinVox


SpinVox does one thing: turn voice into text, in quite a lot of ways. Using their various products you can get voicemails emailed to you immediately, write to your blog by simply speaking into your phone, speak message and have it sent as text to any or all of your friends, dictate a memo and have it sent straight to your email, and quite a bit more. Their products page allows you to simply tell them what you’d like to do, and they’ll show you what service are applicable. Who knows what new applications of the SpinVox engine will come out of their booth at WES?

Spinvox comes to Rogers


SpinVoxAnnounced back in August, SpinVox’s voicemail-to-text service is now available on Rogers for both French and English-speaking customers. SpinVox will work seamlessly with your existing Rogers mailbox, and will e-mail or SMS your voicemail to you after being transcribed. It’s going for $15/month, which is probably cheaper than SimulScribe if you’re a heavy-duty voicemailer, plus it means you wouldn’t have to screw around with call forwarding. Still, SimulScribe has a few extra bells and whistles; we’re offering a month of SimulScribe for free, so be sure to check out the competition before diving into SpinVox.

Review: SimulScribe


We met the SimulScribe guys back at WES, and we’ve been toying around with their beta SimulSays software for awhile now. Considering that’s nigh-on eight months ago, we figured it’s time to do a review proper of what these guys have to offer. What SimulScribe essentially does is provide a new voice mailbox which processes and transcribes incoming messages, accessible via e-mail, web client, or their new SimulSays application for handhelds. All messages include the original audio file, so even if the transcription doesn’t quite go through, you’ll have good old-fashioned voice still available.

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Early presents exclusive for BBCool readers


Yeah, Christmas is a ways off, but we don’t care - we love you guys way too much to hold out for three stinkin’ weeks. So, we’ve got two presents for ya: first up is 25% off of Ascendo DataVault, the BlackBerry password-keeping software of choice. Just type in the coupon code BBCOOL72 at checkout for your savings. For more info, check out our review of their most recent version. Next up is a free 30-day trial of the voicemail transcription service, SimulScribe, which we’ve got on the plate for review this week. So far it’s been impressive, and very much worth checking out. Currently in beta is SimulSays, which is a dedicated user interface for browsing through voicemails pumped through SimulScribe. That’s not everything, but we’ve got to save something for Christmas proper, don’t we?

GotVoice joins ISV Alliance


GotVoice announced today their membership in the BlackBerry Independent Software Vendor Alliance. The ISV Alliance is RIM’s way of getting all the great BlackBerry software developers under their wing, which means better BlackBerry apps for all. Man, if only Apple could show the same love, huh? GotVoice’s service is integrated right into BlackBerry’s phone, and lets you do some handy things with voicemail.

“BlackBerry smartphone users can receive their carrier voicemail messages as an email with an MP3 attachment* or through GotVoice’s Visual Voicemail interface, which integrates within the BlackBerry phone application for easy management of voicemail*. GotVoice voicemail to text service is also now available for BlackBerry smartphone users, providing another option for customers seeking a converged messaging solution.”

SpinVox partners with Rogers for textified voicemail


SpinVoxIf you tuned in to our WES podcasts, you might remember the name SpinVox, purveyors of some fine voice-to-text software. Today, Rogers announced that SpinVox’s services would be available to subscribers, notably transcribing inbound voicemail into SMS messages. Part of the reason for Rogers’ support of SpinVox in particular is the multilingual support. Here in Ottawa, it’s bilingual central and easy to see how including French language support is a good business move.

SimulSays Beta available for free download


Visual voicemail tycoons, SimulSays, has opened up SimulSays Beta for free download on your BlackBerry 8800, BlackBerry Pearl, BlackBerry 8300 and Windows Mobile handhelds. While this software is helpful for integrating voicemail with other BlackBerry services (e-mail, SMS and phone), the real product is in SimulScribe, which transcribes voicemail into text, opening up a whole slew of new functions. It’s a good product model they’ve got going here - try this for free, and if it’s doing good things for you, we’ve got a premium service available too.