Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Skype Spins Voice To Text With SpinVox
Skype Spins Voice To Text With SpinVox to provide Skype users with voicemail to text service. The service is available to all Skype voicemail users. The voice to text service provides transcribing from English,Spanish,French and German Voice to appropriate language text. Once the transcription is done the text is next delivered as an SMS message to the user, ususally directly to an assigned mobile phone.
"Using SpinVox gives our users added flexibility and convenience over their Skype voicemails, said Mike Bartlett, director of product strategy at Skype. "As people continue to spend more time on the move and on their mobile devices, people want to take their Skype conversations with them. SpinVox is a great option for our users to save time on checking their Skype voicemail and receive messages immediately sent to their mobile phone."

So with this service Skype enters Visual Voicemail era and I know I can benefit from it! The voice mail will still be available and users could listen to it either by signing into Skype or using the Skype to go number to call in.
"Skype is the first internet communications software provider to deploy SpinVox, further reinforcing our position as the only provider of voice to text messaging services which are used daily by millions of people on five continents," says SpinVox co-founder and CEO, Christina Domecq. "Our user base has grown over twenty-fold in the last 12 months and bringing Skype's voicemail subscribers on board will accelerate this trend."

Another choice available to users is the voicemail notification via SMS or by email and the latter being free.
The SpinVox service will cost a bit. Once the Skype users set up voicemail to text from their account page, by registering a mobile phone number. Each voicemail to text conversion will cost €0.20/ £0.17/ $0.25 plus the cost of sending an SMS at standard low Skype rates. Additional SMS charges - a maximum of 3 - may apply depending on the length of the voicemail message.

Skype users can now benefit from instant 'visible voicemail', and never miss those important calls from friends or colleagues when they are away from Skype. Recipients of converted voicemail messages can listen to the full voice message by either signing into Skype or by calling their Skype To Go number . As well as being able to receive voicemail as text via SpinVox, Skype users may choose instead to receive voicemail notification via SMS or for free by email.

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