CallWave: I said They said

callwave logoCallWave is a voicemail to text conversion service, similar to Jott which I reviewed previously.

CallWave provides “visual mobile voicemail” - it allows you to set up your cell phone voicemail system so that callers can leave messages which then get converted into text and emailed to you, along with caller id information. You can choose to have notifications forwarded even when the caller does not leave a message, or when there is no caller id.

ImageThe service is useful for simple notifications, and inbox reminders of phone calls that you need to return.

The CallWave basic service is free. The paid version includes call live call screening with the option of picking up the call or transferring to a different phone number.

Although the notification of the voicemail gets delivered to the email inbox along with the text, to listen to the voicemail, you still have to go to the website (the sound file is not attached to the email).

One problem is that the voicemail to text conversion is not usable at this point. I tried the service twice and both times, the text did not reflect the first part of the voice mail at all, and whatever was transcribed, did not make sense.

I got the following text back:

…believe along to me as much couldn’t gets converted into text and he made it to you.

What I really said:

…lets you leave a Voicemail that gets converted into text and then emailed to you

Needless to say, this post was not written using CallWave, unlike yesterday’s post on Jott, which was actually written using the Jott reminder recording facility.

CallWave is based in Santa Barbara, and is currently in beta. Hopefully they will improve their voice recognition so it can augment their Voicemail service, which otherwise, works quite well.


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