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We know many web workers who depend on Jott – the service that takes your phone calls and transcribes them to emails, to-dos, and other things. But Jott is only available in the US. A new competitor, Dial2Do, offers services in 19 countries, including the US, […]

ScreenshotWe know many web workers who depend on Jott – the service that takes your phone calls and transcribes them to emails, to-dos, and other things. But Jott is only available in the US. A new competitor, Dial2Do, offers services in 19 countries, including the US, Australia, UK, Canada, Ireland, and a number of others. After setting up your account (which requires a phone with Caller ID), you can call and say “reminder” to send yourself an email. You can also set up contacts and send them mail or text messages, and hook up to other services like Twitter, Jaiku, and Tumblr. There’s also interconnection with Jajah so you can use Dial2Do to set up phone calls and conferences.

The site uses a combination of machine and human transcription – though, judging from the delay and accuracy on the tests I made, they all ran through a human transcriptionist (and one not too familiar with technical terms). On the plus side, Dial2Do also makes the audio file available for everything it sends. The service is in beta, but it only took a week or so between request and invitation for me.

  1. Unfortunately in private beta – and no hint of an invitation code in this post!

    keith

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  2. Keith, you’ll find a “request invite” link on the https://www.dial2do.com/login page. It took about a week after I put my info in there until I got an invite…and I didn’t pull any strings (I don’t use my WWD identity when I ask for these things). No guarantee that they’re still responding so quickly, but at least a week ago they didn’t have a huge backlog.

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  3. Have a look at Spinvox too. Not only will they transcribe your voicemail, but you can also dictate blog posts by phone! Now there’s a neat trick.

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  4. Dial2Do can also dictate blog posts, SMS, Twitter, Jajah, Jaiku and more by phone.

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  5. Now, it seems the ‘automatic’ voice transcribing into SMS is not so automatic. Companies pass our voice messages to outsourced personnel in South Africa and they actually hear and type the SMS. Where is the confidentiality of all this? One of the outsourced employees was clear enough: “the machines (for automatic voice transcription) do not understand nothing, we need to start typing when the voice message starts”. I think WebWorker Daily’s reporters should investigate which other companies use acutally human beings to make ‘automatic’ transcription. This could be a major security breach for private and corporate clients that use those ‘automatic’ transcription systems. Please check this article by BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8163511.stm

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