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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!)

There Are Fifty Blogs on SETT Now!

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Last Friday night, after two years of really hard work on SETT, we sent invite codes out to the four hundred people on the SETT waiting list, offering fifty spots. Whoever managed to snag a spot could either take a free basic account or buy a premium account and get 50% off for life.

The main point of releasing these spots is to start testing SETT on a wider scale, to get more feedback, and to begin work on some really cool blog to blog features. So if no one actually paid for an account, and everyone just took free ones to mess around with, I would have been satisfied. I figured maybe one or two people might pay, and maybe things would go really well and five people would pay.

As it turns out, thirteen people bought accounts, covering all three price points that we set. More than the actual money, which I've already used to upgrade the servers, I'm personally touched that people are excited enough about SETT to pay for it. I've worked so hard on this and continue to narrowly focus on making it the best blogging platform, that it's moving to have people who share the vision.

I'm also grateful for the people who set up free accounts and have already started using them. Many of the paid and unpaid SETT customers are members of this site who are active in the community section and comments, so I have high expectations for all of their blogs. As they get settled in, import their old blogs, and write new posts, I'll be linking to some of them here. Next Monday I will link to every new SETT blog that has at least one post on it.

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