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GotVoice

Posted on March 19, 2007. Filed under: eMail, Inbox, Phone, Services, Voicemail |

When I first reviewed GotVoice in June 2005, I thought it was an awesome, if rough-around-the-edges, application. Gotvoice’s goal is to bring sanity to your voicemail inbox, and it does that well. Tonight they are relaunching with a much cooler interface and a whole bunch of new functionality.

Previously GotVoice was a simple service that used your voicemail credentials and turned each voicemail into a MP3 file. Got Voice would then send out an email with a link to your GotVoice inbox. It basically allowed users to move voicemail administration from their phone to their computer.

The new features take that basic service several steps forward. First, two phones can now be associated with an account. Also, you can now compose voicemails via a flash recorder in the service (or via your phone), and deliver it to the voicemail of people in your contact list. This is great for responding to messages, or to broadcast a new message to one or more people.

Another useful feature of Gotvoice – since it has access to your phone admin via your credentials, you can also use it to change your voicemail greeting. They’ve created a tool that mixes your voice with any MP3 you care to upload. Once you’ve created the greeting, GotVoice will turn it into your voicemail greeting.

Finally, the coolest new feature. GotVoice will be launching a stripped down WAP version of the voicemail inbox page for access from a mobile browser. The result is a visual voicemail product that is sure to be the rage as soon as the iPhone launches with it’s own visual voicemail. This page can be accessed from the browser, and GotVoice is working to do deals with carriers in the U.S. to offer this directly as well.

What GotVoice isn’t doing yet is converting voicemails to text, something that they say they’re working on via a partnership. Jott and Spinvox do this now, and it is a bit of a hole in GotVoice’s offering. I look forward to the feature being added soon.

GotVoice has a free and premium ($9.95/month) version of the product. The company raised $3 million from Ignition Partners, Second Avenue Partners and Cedar Grove Investments in October 2005.

+ Managing Voicemail With GotVoice [by Michael Arrington via TechCrunch]

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Zune Phone Coming Soon?

Posted on February 2, 2007. Filed under: Phone, Zune |

CrunchGear has some exclusive info on a Zune-enabled phone coming from Microsoft later this year. Hot on the heels of Vista, we can’t be sure if this is a software addition to their current mobile line up or an actual device, but now that they’re in the race with the Zune itself, it makes sense they’ll try to beat the iPhone at its own game. More details to come but check out CrunchGear for what we know now.

+ CrunchGear

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The LINUX Phone

Posted on February 1, 2007. Filed under: Linux, Phone |

Is LINUX really going to be able to step away from the ‘geek me’ OS?

No matter how legit a device might look to begin with, it’s always encouraging to see a few pics of it in the real world, just to ease our anxious souls. Well, it looks like TurboLinux’s Wizpy can official join the ranks of living, breathing devices, now that Impress Watch has gotten a hold of the little Linux number. Not much more real info about this guy, just the usual PMP / Linux-booting fare, but if that 33,800 yen pricetag for the 4GB version is a bit steep, you might be glad to hear TurboLinux has a 2GB version on the way as well, which should cost 29,800 and drop at the same time on February the 23rd. Peep a few less glossy pics after the jump.

+ TurboLinux’s Wizpy in the wild [from Engadget]

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