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Write That Down!

Write That Down!
by Gary Woods

Have you ever pulled over to listen to a voice mail message and it droned on and on? You know that there's some important stuff in there, but by the time you've gotten down to it you've nodded off. You definitely don't want to go back and listen to the whole thing again, but you really do need that important stuff at the end.

So the question on the floor, is what do you do? Well one solution is a service from GotVoice ( called Visual Voicemail. This service uses a speech-to-text technology to transcribe and transform voice messages into email or text messages. Previously GotVoice was just a payback-only service but they've moved into the transcription field.

The service costs $10 per month for up to 40 messages and calls your existing voicemail numbers 12 times a day automatically. You can also manually initiate up to 18 more calls a day. Once the voicemail has been transcribed it then e-mails the text and an MP3 fie of the message to you.

The time it takes for GotVoice to get the data to you varies throughout the day. For message left during business hours will usually arrive promptly. But voicemail sent in the evening might not arrive until the next day. This discrepancy has to do with the frequency of the automated checks by GotVoice rather than call volume.

If you're rather read than hear your voicemail, check out GotVoice Visual Voicemail.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc