04. 11. 2008
SimulScribe converts voicemail message to text
I personally don't receive a tremendous number of rambling voicemail messages, so I've never entertained the wish that I could have my messages transcribed into text so that I have the option to read them instead of listening to them. However, putting myself in the shoes of someone who's important enough to be relentlessly pursued by callers, I can see where such a service might prove to be a real time saver. Imagine having 50 voicemail messages to go through - you would actually have to listen to each message from beginning to end to know whether it contained something urgent and important (especially if the caller is someone like my mother who always waits to the very end of a message to get to the main point). Contrast that with email, where you can quickly browse the text and, thereby, triage your callers.
SimulScribe uses sophisticated voice recognition technology to convert your voicemail messages into text and deliver it to your email, cell phone, or PDA. It works with all major carriers, and doesn't in any way disrupt your abiity to go back and listen to your voicemail message the old-fashioned way. SimulScribe works with all your telephone accounts (home, office, cell), so you can pick up all of your messages through a single voicemail box accessed from any of your phones. And, of course, the voicemail box enables you to archive voicemail messages just like you would with email. Another benefit of transcribed messages is that you can read them during boring meetings without cluing anyone in that you're on the phone.
SimulScribe offers three different plans: 35 cents per message, $9.95 for 40 messages per month, or $29.95 for unlimited. But you can try it out for free for one week.