SpinVox launches Speech-to-Text for Skype voicemail

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Spinvox_logoReason number 42 to use Skype even more: your Skype voicemails can now be converted to text and sent to you via SMS thanks to a deal with SpinVox. The just announced service (PDF) will initially launch in English, Spanish, French and German; there’s no information yet on if the service will provided free or if it will require additional payment to Skype.

Since the service will use SMS, nearly every mobile device will be capable of receiving the textual translations, which will include the Skype ID of the caller when available. If you’d rather just be on-line with Skype using a cell phone, I recommend checking out iSkoot, which we ran through just last month. This service turns your Nokia, Palm or BlackBerry into a Skype client.

(via GigaOm)

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Paul J Manoogian

Other than it’s not free calling… Vonage offers the same type of thing for it’s voicemail services, as well. Admittedly, they do say they may have a real person review the text to make sure the translation isn’t too bad. I have no hesitation with that, since I don’t often get any really important or potentially embarassing calls on my home phone – I reserve those for my cell! :)

I think this technology has finally come of age, actually, and the Vonage version works fairly well – especially if the caller can be clearly heard, and they’re not using words that couldn’t possibly be translated (which will always be an issue until true A.I. can take over… then there’s the whole Matrix thing, and then the sky is scortched… you know the deal).

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