E-mail style voicemail.

Aaron Coats aaron at funambol.com
Mon Mar 26 23:59:51 CEST 2007

Personally I think having an answering machine on the phone itself is  
a bad idea. It cannot work 100% of the time because the phone won't  
always have reception, and those are definitely times when you need  
VM.  Having multiple locations to retrieve messages adds unnecessary   
complications without much benefit.

I think a better idea would be for the Neo to be able to log in and  
download any VM messages.  Then they could be stored/sorted by any  
number of applications.  You could attach VMs to calendar events,  
project notes, and whatever else you wanted.  Then if you are syncing  
with your desktop those VMs would be transferred to those platforms  
as well.  I'm not sure if callerID info is stored with voicemail  
messages, but if it was then your address book could easily provide  
that number for you to dial if you wanted.  Most phones already do  
this with text messages so it shouldn't be hard.


On Mar 26, 2007, at 2:20 PM, mathew davis wrote:

> All,
> I have some questions I hope people could help with.  I couldn't  
> help but notice that the iphone(sorry for the swear word) used a e- 
> mail type interface for viewing voice mails.  That feature looks  
> very interesting to me.  Now I am sure they have that pattented but  
> does anybody know what about it they pattented?  I was thinking  
> about this, as I would like to have it on the Neo as I will buy  
> one, what if this was on the neo also.  So I got to thinking how  
> one could do this and I came up with an idea.  So here is my idea  
> and please tell me if it's stupid and why, it's already been  
> pattented, or that's a good idea here is how you could improve on it.
> First instead of routing the call to the service providers voice  
> mail after so many calls, have it get routed to the neo's onboard  
> voice mail system.  This system could record the audio save it and  
> add an e-mail like layer to it like, SuchAndSuch person called @  
> 9:30 pm 03/26/07 1 min 23 sec for example.  It could then save them  
> on the phone.  Now I know this is kind of memory expensive so I  
> thought of some other alternatives to this also.  If you want the  
> advanced feature of listening to the calls in whatever order you  
> heard them in then you would have to save them on the phone it's  
> self or upload the audio samples to a webserver of some sort and  
> when connected you could listen to them in what ever order.   
> Another approach if the person didn't want the wasted space could  
> still see the messages in a e-mail type invironment but couldn't  
> listen to the messages in what ever order for the neo after  
> recording when the call was made by who and finishes recording the  
> message could then route the call to the service providers voice  
> mail and send it the recorded message.
> Now I don't know difficult this would be.  And I can't say that I  
> am experianced enough with this, although I would like to be, to  
> impliment it myself.  I just thought I could post my idea to the  
> community to try and add my $0.02 to help better the community.   
> Please let me know what you think.
> Thanks,
> Matt
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