GotVoice Announces Innovative New Voice Messaging Features, Including 'Ringless Messages' and 'Voicecasts' to Distribution Lists, That Are Useful and Fun for Everyone

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GotVoice Inc., a provider of software and services that bring web access and email flexibility to voicemail, today announced a new collection of services, code-named GotVoice Dispatch, that make voice messages more productive, efficient and fun. GotVoice already offers free and subscription-based premium services that let users manage all of their home and mobile phone voicemail in one place online via their email inbox. With GotVoice Dispatch, users can send "Ringless Messages" or voice messages that are delivered without ringing the phone. The new service also enables users to create voice messages using a microphone and their computer, or by typing text, and then delivers the voicemail, based on the user's preference, as a Ringless Message or by ringing the phone. In addition, GotVoice Dispatch lets users send these voice messages as "Voicecasts" to phone distribution lists such as sports teams, employees and customers.

GotVoice Inc., a provider of software and services that bring web access and email flexibility to voicemail, today announced a new collection of services, code-named GotVoice Dispatch, that make voice messages more productive, efficient and fun. GotVoice (http://www.gotvoice.com) already offers free and subscription-based premium services that let users manage all of their home and mobile phone voicemail in one place online via their email inbox. With GotVoice Dispatch, users can send "Ringless Messages" or voice messages that are delivered without ringing the phone. The new service also enables users to create voice messages using a microphone and their computer, or by typing text, and then delivers the voicemail, based on the user's preference, as a Ringless Message or by ringing the phone. In addition, GotVoice Dispatch lets users send these voice messages as "Voicecasts" to phone distribution lists such as sports teams, employees and customers.

Both Ringless Messages and Voicecasts are believed to be the first cross-carrier versions of these features offered within the voice messaging market. GotVoice Dispatch also lets users quickly respond to voicemail received with the current GotVoice service by using voice-recording or text-to-speech capabilities, and then sends the message back into the phone network so the recipient experiences it as a phone call.

A public beta of GotVoice Dispatch is scheduled for late August and the service is scheduled to be broadly available in the late September/early October timeframe. People interested in trying the GotVoice Dispatch beta can sign up on the GotVoice home page and the company will notify them when the service is ready for review.

"We estimate that at least three million minutes of voicemail are created daily in the United States alone, but voicemail is typically cumbersome, inefficient and not much fun," said Curt Blake, co-founder and CEO of GotVoice. "These new services are the start of a whole new way of looking at voice messaging -- a view that takes advantage of voicemail's massive potential."

With the existing GotVoice service, users can receive, listen to, organize and forward their voicemails to their favorite email address or on their own personal GotVoice web page. GotVoice makes voicemail accessible virtually anywhere users log onto the Internet and sign-up is quick and easy at the company's website: http://www.gotvoice.com.

Highlighted Features of the New GotVoice Dispatch

GotVoice Dispatch includes an array of innovative voice messaging features including:

  • Ringless Message. This feature allows a user to send a voice message without having the recipient's phone ring (if the recipient has voice messaging capabilities on their phone). Oftentimes, a sender does not need, or want, to actually talk to the recipient, but wants to leave a voice message instead of email or an instant message because it is more personal and allows for tone variations. The Ringless Message feature is especially sought after by those in business and those who are dating.
  • Voicecast to a distribution list. For those who need to send a voice message to an entire group of people (such as the soccer team for schedule changes, the extended family for reunion updates, or dozens of friends for party invites) there is Voicecast to a distribution list. This time-saving feature, which is much like sending email to distribution lists, takes the tedium out of sending the same voice message to several different people.    
  • Voice message response via computer. GotVoice Dispatch lets users respond to a voice message in their email inbox, with voice, via their computer. In other words, users no longer need to pick up their phone to respond to a voicemail. Users can choose from either text-to-voice or recorded voice (using a microphone on their computer) to respond and then choose the delivery to be either a Ringless Message (no ring at the receiver's end) or normal.    
  • Forward any voicemails, captured by GotVoice, to any phone. In the past, voice messages saved in GotVoice could only be forwarded to another person's email inbox. Now, users can forward their voice messages to another phone and when it is delivered the message appears to come from the sender's phone.
  • Caller identification. Enhanced caller identification allows GotVoice users to quickly identify important voice messages in their email inbox so they can respond immediately. This capability is especially useful in conjunction with the new "voicemail response via computer" feature because it also identifies the recipient of a user's voice response.

GotVoice Dispatch augments all existing GotVoice services, including the free GotVoice Basic service, which provides three automatic checks of voicemail daily, and the subscription-based GotVoice Plus and GotVoice Premium services, which offer more frequent automatic and manual checks of voicemail than the free service. Specifics on pricing for GotVoice Dispatch will be announced when the service becomes broadly available.

About GotVoice

GotVoice, Inc., based in Kirkland, WA, is a privately held company dedicated to transforming the way voice messaging is used in our daily lives. For more information, please visit the company's website at: http://www.gotvoice.com .

GotVoice is a trademark of GotVoice Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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