Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Changing practice: GV message rather than BB email

I've been ruined by the iPhone -- touching my wife's Cr*pBerry Pearl makes my fingers burn. I'm counting down to the end of the contract.

Until she gets her iPhone though, we have to live with the Pearl. Today we came up with a significant improvement.

She used to try to use the BB to send me email messages, but it was a painful process. I gave it some thought, and realized that there was no longer any need to use the BB to message me.

Instead we assigned my Google Voice number to quick dial. She leaves a quick voice message, GV transcribes it, and it shows up in my email. Voice apps love her voice; the transcriptions are nearly perfect. Faster, better, cheaper. We'll probably keep doing it even when she's on an iPhone.

For good measure I setup an Gmail filter rule so my GV transcribed messages now get forwarded to work email as well -- so I get them very quickly.

I love Google Voice. It's saving me about $1000 a year in calls to Canada (money taken from AT&T's pocket) and I'm constantly finding new ways to use it to make our lives better.

No wonder Apple's fear of Google has turned them to the Dark Side.

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