Alltel Voice2TXT System Released

    December 17, 2007

I remember playing with a certain word-processing feature when I was much younger; it would (try to) read aloud whatever I’d written.  And a lot of other software has been designed to do the same thing.  Alltel’s taking the reverse approach, though, with a new feature that’ll convert voicemails into text messages.

Craig KirklandThe thought process behind this?  "With Voice2TXT, our customers have an easier way to manage their voicemails via text messages when they are in a meeting, on the go or anyplace where they cannot or do not wish to use traditional voicemail," claimed Craig Kirkland, Alltel Wireless’s director of messaging and voice services, in a statement. 

It’s also only fair to point out that most people can read faster than anyone else is likely to speak, and so the Voice2TXT feature could allow for a tiny increase in efficiency.

Voice2TXT can deal with English, German, French, and Spanish, according to Jill Zeman, so there will be a relatively wide pool of people who can benefit from it.  Still, with prices starting at $4.99 per month (for 20 voicemail conversions) and heading up towards $19.99 (for 100), Alltel’s customer service lines may not be overwhelmed with interested callers.