For the longest time, the only United Kingdom company that I wished was in the United States was Wagamama because I love noodles. (Alas, it’s finally coming to Boston, but I go to London more often than Boston.)
My list of UK-envy companies has doubled because SpinVox gave me an account. This company’s service converts voicemail to text and then sends the text to your phone or email account. Now I don’t have to listen to voicemails at 650-555-1212. I just read the email at firstname.lastname@example.org or get a text message.
At first I was skeptical about the accuracy of the conversion, but I’ve been very impressed. Here’s an example. I left myself a voicemail of the previous paragraph, and this is the unedited text that was sent to my email address:
“My list of UK handy (?) companies has doubled, because SpinVox gave me an account. This company service converts voicemail to text & then sends the text to your phone or email account. Now I don’t have to listen to voicemails at 6505551212. I just read the email at email@example.com or get a text message.”
There are roughly 250 million cell phones in the US, and they generate roughly 90,000,000,000 voicemails (250 million x 30 voicemails/month x 12 months). And like any good entrepreneur knows, you only need to get 1% of a market to be successful. :-)
The bad news about SpinVox is that it’s not yet available in the United States. As you can imagine, the company is conducting trials and discussions with carriers all over the world, so if you know any executives at carriers, you should urge them to add the service.
I am a simple man: I just want to eat noodles at a Wagamama in Palo Alto while receiving the text of voicemails. I’m half way there, and I may never answer my phone again.