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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.




Gadget backlash? July 30, 2007

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Cell/Mobile, Gadgets.
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From Pew Internet and American Life Project:

Don’t Blame Me: It’s the Phone’s Fault! Many Internet and Cell Phone Users Find Devices and Applications Too Complicated or Hardly Worth the Trouble


Why are you talking to me? I’m on the phone! October 12, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Cell/Mobile.
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From New Strategist Publications‘ American Consumers Newsletter:

Interestingly, while 82 percent of the public has been annoyed by someone else’s cell phone use, only 8 percent of cell phone users say they have annoyed others with their calls. They must have been too busy talking to notice.

For more interesting demographic information, check out their blog at http://www.demomemo.blogspot.com

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