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Reading Your Voicemail

Techstination feature for Monday, March 10, 2008

Reading your voicemail. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Going through your voicemail...can be pretty cumbersome at times....when you get back from a vacation for example. One way to speed up the process is by reading your messages instead of listening to them. A company called Spinvox is using technology to offer that kind of speech to text capability. VP Beverly Wilks ...

"The advantage is you're able to eliminate that awful part of dialing in to your voicemail box, typing in your password and then listening to your voicemail and writing it down. What we're doing is bringing to every single consumer with a phone, the ability to have their voicemail sent through email as well as SMS right there on their phone, so they can read their voicemail simply and easily." Faster? "Faster absolutely, because what's most important is somebody calls you and leaves you a message and leaves you a number at the end of the message and they rattle it off. With Spinvox you're able to read the message on your phone and directly click on it to call them back or you can send them back an SMS."

Subscriptions cost about five dollars a month....and that includes twenty voicemail conversions. Spinvox says the accuracy of the speech to text is about 97 percent. The service also lets subscribers add to online blogs by phone. One drawback is, there can be a delay between the time a voicemail is left and the time you receive it in text. You can find more information at Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.