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Easier Text Messages

A service offered to transcribe long text messages.
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I would like to see a service where if someone had a long text message they wanted to send to a friend using their cell phone they could call a number.. like *123 and get an operator to type out their message for them instead of having to use your alpha numeric keys on your cell phone. You could charge say 50 cents above and beyond the normal text messaging fees.
mlingley, Jun 14 2005


       don't messages have a maximum length? I often get a note to say that some text is missing. you could always call if you have that much to say!
po, Jun 14 2005

       Instead of typing an SMS message, you want to speak to someone who will type it for you? Why not just speak to the person you're going to send the SMS to?
I agree that the method of keying SMS is - how can I put it - cretinous, but then I find the entire concept pointless anyway.
[po]: Yes, they do. 160 characters.
angel, Jun 14 2005

       I use e-mail for the longer stuff. It offers some advantages.
bristolz, Jun 14 2005

       <Vaguely Off Topic> In the UK at least, you can already do the reverse. Some networks allow you to send messages to a landline. This is then read out by a robotic voice. Have never tried it and would be too tempted to give the voice nonsense words to read out. </VOT>   

       Not a bad idea. Welcome to the Bakery [mlingley].
hidden truths, Jun 14 2005

       It would be fun to try to dictate ASCII art to the operator.
phundug, Jun 14 2005

       hidden truths, - It's actually very amusing to get it to read out extremely obscene text messages.
Ian Tindale, Jun 14 2005

       hey h.t. some of our students report in sick with this method - spooky!
po, Jun 14 2005

       [ht] in similar offtopic vein, I can heartily recommend getting the robot voice to read out 'bring bring bring bing bing bing' - much better than the crazy frog. Also, her rendition of 'I just can't get you out of my head' is an excellent present to send to someone, especially someone fond of speaker phones. I t's like having your own instant dictionaroke...
moomintroll, Jun 14 2005

       You could dictate it to a text message and have it sent to a landline where it would be read back into sound!
omegatron, Jun 14 2005

       Now that's just madness.
Aq_Bi, Jun 15 2005

       Bassically a modern telegraph.
10clock, Jun 15 2005

       //You could dictate it to a text message and have it sent to a landline where it would be read back into sound!// that's exactly what we were saying but without the middleman.
po, Jun 15 2005

       I think I said that, way up there --^, but yes, it's the obvious alternative.
angel, Jun 15 2005

       UnaBubba, - ah, but that would be to forfeit the asynchronous communication capability of text messaging. A 'conversation' can occur between two parties without depending upon either recepient party being alert and available at the precise time of the sending of a communication. It can be transmitted at a time suitable to the sender, and received at a time suitable to the receiver, and still work as a communication. Now, if only there were some way of translating this concept into a purely audio realm? Like some form of listening machine, which can accept incoming calls and store them in the form of an asynchronous audio 'recording'? I fear that this may need to wait until the advent of magnetised flexible tape, perhaps stored on reels.
Ian Tindale, Jun 15 2005

       There are a number of cell phones out there now that feature a full qwerty keyboard (using very small buttons) for those of you who simply must text your urgently important news about what the hottie in the next cubicle ate for lunch. Check out a Palm Treo 650, the Nokia 6820, RIm's Blackberry 7100 (all available in Canada). And while you are at it, get a life. Then learn to use predictive text entry.   

       As an alternative, get a felt marker and write out your message, take a picture of your written message with a camera phone, then send the photo to your friend's phone. Saves all that bothersome typing.
Canuck, Jun 15 2005

       When Orange were doing an offer of free PAYG sims followed by an offer of 30 free MMS messages to use within 30 days, I started using MMS messaging to message my wife with a little montage of pics of where I was eating my lunch (if I were working at the time - for a few days I was). I realised that if I add voice, she could hear it quite loudly. In the end, I resorted to just sending MMS messages that consisted of no other media than just a voice message (within the 49K size limit of the free offer). Funny, even with 30 free MMS messages, I only managed to use about 8 of them in the month.
Ian Tindale, Jun 15 2005


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