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How I Hooked Google Voice into iPhone VM

I've been a longtime fan & user of Callwave, as evidenced by this blog, and this one (I haven't actually listened to a voicemail since May of 2007!).  However, Callwave has moved away from the voicemail transcription business.  Another very good (probably even better) alternative is PhoneTag, which provides very reliable voicemail transcription for something like $30/month.  However, in the spirit of trying something free before paying, I've hooked Google Voice up to my iPhone's VM system.  The transcription portion is definitely worse than PhoneTag's - probably 60% vs. 90%, but it's good enough for me to get a sense of who's calling and what they're calling about, so it's served my needs thus far.

Here's a video showing how I use some special settings on Google Voice to make it work with the iPhone's VM system.

Also, these GSM codes allow me to switch from AT&T's VM system, to Google Voice's:

I've been a longtime fan & user of Callwave, as evidenced by this blog, and this one (I haven't actually listened to a voicemail since May of 2007!).  However, Callwave has moved away from the voicemail transcription business.  Another very good (probably even better) alternative is PhoneTag, which provides very reliable voicemail transcription for something like $30/month.  However, in the spirit of trying something free before paying, I've hooked Google Voice up to my iPhone's VM system.  The transcription portion is definitely worse than PhoneTag's - probably 60% vs. 90%, but it's good enough for me to get a sense of who's calling and what they're calling about, so it's served my needs thus far. Here's a video showing how I use some special settings on Google Voice to make it work with the iPhone's VM system. Also, these GSM codes allow me to switch from AT&T's VM system, to Google Voice's: Change VM to Google Voice: *004*1[your google voice number here]#  (that's a number "1" and then your Google Voice number).  For example, mine looks like *004*17029258528# Change number of rings: **61*+1[your google voice number here]**10#    (10 is # of secs, max 30.  I have mine on 10 seconds, which is about 4 rings.  For example, mine looks like **61*+17029258528**10#. (Yes, using these codes for the first time is scary, but they work, and I'm sure you can call AT&T to reset your phone if you mess something up... well, don't take my word for that since I've never tried calling them, but I imagine you could!)

Five Rules to Make Friends with Influential People

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I've been putting off writing this post for a long time because I haven't quite figured out how to write it and not come off as arrogant. When I'm stumped for a blog post idea, though, this one often swirls around in my head. So I'll do it today and risk coming across as an ass.

I'm not very famous. The vast majority of people have no idea who I am, and the vast majority of those who do know who I am would only recognize me by my nickname in The Game rather than by my face. Still, having a fairly popular blog, having been involved in pickup, and a few other highlights of my life have lifted me from being wholly unknown to being a tiny bit well known. This puts me in an interesting position: my attention is solicited by more people than I can give it to, yet I'm not quite famous enough that the people whose attention I solicit know who I am.

To simplify the task of writing this post, I'm going to refer to people as 'famous people'. By that I mean people who are influential or visible enough that they have more requests for their attention than they can reasonably grant. By this definition, Jay-Z is famous, Randall Munroe (the guy who draws xkcd) is famous, and I'm famous. There are dozens of other definitions of the word 'famous', most of which would exclude me, and some of which would exclude Randall. So I use the word here as a shortcut, not as a definitive title.

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