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Voicemail forwarding as .WAV

Allows you to save voicemail offline.
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Set up an email address associated with your mobile phone voicemail.

This could be done via the web or a call centre.

When you receive a voicemail message, it is automatically forwarded to the email address. You can then listen to your voicemail vai a PC or PDA. You can save it for future reference. (Most voicemail systems limit the number of messages ,and how long they will save them for).

8th of 7, Jul 01 2002

It's called Unified Messaging http://www.unifiedmessaging.com/
Very baked, this type of product is called "unified messaging" because its designed to bring your email, voicemail, etc. together. [krelnik, Oct 15 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

CallXpress http://www.avtc.com...services/index.html
One example of a unified messaging product. My brother has this at his office. [krelnik, Oct 15 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

baked by avaya's ipoffice too http://www.avaya.com
lets you forward wavs to email [neilp, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Linda's plaything http://www.fone-mail.com
The service is already up and running and doing good work for numerous physically impaired people. [Speeednet, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       At Ford, we had just such a system. The PC network was tied in with the phone network with some sort of PC interface program that allowed you to manipulate voice messages just like email. However, I don't think the messages could be downloaded to local machines, though, since local storage would bring about security issues.
RayfordSteele, Jul 01 2002

       Nice idea. I'd go for a sound format with some compression built in, though.
st3f, Jul 01 2002

       I get my answerphone messages from home using this system. The PC collects and stores the messages, along with caller id etc. I can email the server, requesting 'Send phone messages' and the .wav files are zipped then emailed to my remote PC. Works very well and saves a fortune in mobile phone costs when I'm away. Pretty secure too, as the phone server has its own email address to monitor for requests, and will always send the replies to my remote address, regardless of where the request came from.
drew, Jul 01 2002

       Drew: I like your system. I'm essentially proposing the same thing, but for mobiles, where the voicemail is hosted on a remote server. I don't think it would present any insuperable problems to the networks, although it is definitely non-trivial.
8th of 7, Jul 01 2002

       If I forward my mobile voicemail to one of the home lines, rather than the mobile supplier's voicemail number, I've got exactly what you propose. I've purposely set my system to deliver an email only on demand, but it's a trivial script change to make it happen automatically on receipt of a new message.
drew, Jul 01 2002

       (ot) Ray, I've always wondered. At Ford, what was Job 2?
waugsqueke, Jul 02 2002

       Preparing for job cuts
thumbwax, Jul 02 2002

       Near-baked by the 3com NBX phone system (which is an IP-based phone system intended for small offices). The phone system has, among other things, an IMAP server; each voice mailbox shows up as a mailbox on that server, and the messages are .WAV attachments.   

       Despite a generally nice feature set, though, the system is badly designed from a usability standpoint. I much preferred my company's previous (digital but not IP-based) phone system.
wiml, Jul 03 2002

       I worked on a system that had such a feature until about a year ago. We used GSM 06.10 lossy voice compression (wrapped into a WAV; Wave is not an encoding, but just a file format that can support a number of different encodings).   

       It had nothing directly to do with cell phone voice mail, but could be integrated by a voice mail provider; subscribers simply got a phone number that they could forward voicemail calls to, and the system would take it from there. Various web interfaces, fax forwarding as tiffs, etc.
jutta, Sep 27 2002

       Yes jutta, I've read numerous interesting articles/comments elsewhere on the web about your woik on GSM 06.10 - amongst other things - so it was the first solution I thought of when I saw the idea title.
thumbwax, Oct 15 2002


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