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Phone tools July 30, 2007

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Cell/Mobile, Phone.

From Gary Price’s ResourceShelf:


Google Acquires GrandCentral and Other Telephone Resources
A 2.0 company that allows users to centralize various phone numbers into a single number.
From the blog post:

GrandCentral offers many features that complement the phone services you already use. If you have multiple phone numbers (e.g., home, work, cell), you get one phone number that you can set to ring all, some, or none of your phones, based on who’s calling. This way, your phone number is tied to you, and not your location or job. The service also gives you one central voice mailbox.

Of course, in this 2.0 world, a number of other, related services are out there. Here’s a list of a few. We plan to dive in deeper soon.

1) Private Phone
Get a local # anywhere in the U.S. including hard to get area codes like 415. Listen to voice mail on the web.

2) http://www.callwave.com/
Voice mail to text. Also includes FREE text messaging and visual voicemail. CallWave is a publicly traded company. Several widgets available.

4)[sic] SpinVox.com
Voice mail and memos to text. Post to your blog by speaking into the phone (Spin-my-Blog). Create and share voice memos with a large group.

3) [sic] http://www.reqall.com
Lots of buzz on this one. Works well. Save audio notes, share, get transcripts. Searchable and permanent voice mail archive.

5) http://www.jott.com
Create to do lists, memos with your voice.

6) http://braincast.viatalk.com/
“…Internet & phone based message/memo recording & reminder organization system.”

7) http://www.pinger.com/
“With Pinger you can send voice messages instantly, from your mobile phone directly to anyone else’s. It’s fast and efficient like email, portable like text messaging and powered with your voice. Pinger’s great for sending voice messages from your mobile to one friend or an entire group with just one call.”

8) http://www.simulscribe.com/
“SimulScribe utilizes cutting edge voice recognition technology to convert your voicemail messages into text. We deliver your transcribed voicemail, along with the original audio, to your mobile phone, PDA, and/or email account. This process streamlines your communication flow, saving you both time and money.”

9) http://www.gotvoice.com/
+ Listen to your voicemail online.
+ Make one call to reach them all (either direct to phone or voicemail).
+ Mix in your favorite MP3 music as a background track for a personalized greeting. Change instantly from any computer.

10) numbr
In need of a temporary phone number for privacy reasons? Safety reasons. Annoying callers? numbr offers them at no charge. Select the “real number” where you want your numbr to forward to. They can expire in a day, week, or month. Many other features including do-not-disturb (during a set time period), don’t accept calls from blocked Caller IDs, email my incoming call history, and more. numbr is a free service. You can also set-up a temporary numbr by dialing (415) 234 5678.





1. garibald - July 31, 2007

Thanks for info!

2. Gerard - August 1, 2007

You forgot my favorite one, Youmail. I’ve been a user for two months now and I love it! Personalized voicemail for each individual caller and an online call log that lets you undelete old messages. I tried Grandcentral and then got youmail because it’s free.

3. pete - August 1, 2007

Yeah. Been on youmail since they started. Best part besides free is that i didn’thave to change my number. Also, it’s not voip.
Love checking my voicemails online adn the prerecorded stuff is cool.
definitely add youmail to that list.

4. Andrew - August 28, 2007

Did you guys know that you get charged every time a call is forwarded to YouMail??? Sprint charges 20 cents per minute for its call forwarding feature….How is this service free??? Every time, with YouMail, that I don’t answer my phone, I get charged 20c for my YouMail voice mail to answer! I say it’s expensive….

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