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Old November 21st, 2012, 11:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am considering developing a phone based voice mail app. Please see the thread in the Apps forum for more info. Thanks Ric

Hi,
I am considering developing a phone based voice mail app. I know voice mail is declining for a variety of reasons. But I was wondering what users would think of an app which would work a bit like an old fashioned answering machine, storing the callers voice messages on the phones internal memory or sd card so they don't have to go through their service provider to retrieve calls.

It would mean a user could see immediately who the call was from, if the caller was on their contact list, and go directly to the message without have to listen to an annoying and time consuming message from the service provider.

It might also save some users money if they on prepaid plans that charge for retrieving voice mail and would allow call to be answered and screened after a preset number of rings. This might be useful if you driving or in a meeting.

Theres also potential for additional features such as customised messages for individual contacts. call blocking etc.
Would be interested in peoples thoughts / suggestions. Thanks Ric

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I just have one thought on this. I'm not very knowledgeable in prepaid plans regarding their data plan options but the general practice is becoming tiered data plans. What would the average saved voice mail message data size be? I'm sure the length of time the message is determines its file size.

How about the idea of having the option to upload the messages to some cloud storage? Get a voice mail, save it to Dropbox or Google Drive, and have the option to listen to it on another device.
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My view? I use the service provider VM and if a message is left for me it's (99.999% of the time) because my phone is a) off or b) out of service range (not uncommon where I live in the UK - in fact I only have to walk 50 yds from my house ). In both those cases a phone-based system would not be of any use.

I can see a 'caller screening' use for it and I'm sure that for other users it could be invaluable. Just for me, no.

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What country are you in?

If you're in the U.S., Google Voice does this. Yes, it's also stored in the cloud, but recent voicemails get cached locally as well.
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It's already available, it's called Visual Voice Mail, instead of calling your own number and wasting minutes it just downloads it over your data connection to the phone. Within 30 - 60 seconds of your missing the call the voice mail is on your phone waiting for you to listen to it, you even have a slider so if someone is giving you a number to call back you just move the slider back to the spot until you hear the number without having to listen to the whole message over and over again until you get it. I have it on my phone and I know Sprints got it and possibly T-Mobile also. It's a great little feature being able to manage all of your voice mail from the phone instead of the cloud, probably saves me at least 60 minutes a month.
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Thanks for your comments. I am in Australia. I didn't realise google voice cached voice mail on phone memory as well. It sort of makes my idea a bit redundant. Cest la vie.
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Visual voice mail sounds great. Will take a look at it.
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