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Voicemail embedded in Email


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#1 Just_One_Question

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:42 PM

Hey, I want to create a personal e-mail. I don't know which host to chose as I want the option of leaving voicemails. I want to receive regular mail, but I don't like typing as much as I do talking, so I want to be able to answer via voicemail and then embed it in my e-mail, so that when the other person receives it, they can hear it.
Is there such a thing available? If yes, which is the best/most popular?
Thank you!:)

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:34 AM

Does Gmail support that? I know Facebook has this feature, but I want it in an e-mail client.:)

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 02:20 PM

Not to diminish your idea. But I would delete an email that had an embedded file. Just too much nefarious stuff out there. If I wasn't expecting it, I'd delete it. So something to consider is some of your 'voicemails' may end up trashed before being listened to.

As for a service for this? I have no idea. But you can attach/embed a voice file in almost any email.

Similar to your thoughts: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/IfnfjzWM428

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:52 PM

I see. Well, I guess, I'll just have to wait until speech recognition software is perfected, so that I can speak what I want to say and the e-mail client would translate it into text precisely as I said it.

I suppose, until then I will go with making an e-mail with Google. Is Gmail the most popular one worldwide? Or is it something else, such as Yahoo! ? For the past decade or so I've been using abv.bg which is pretty popupar in Southeastern Europe.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 02:33 PM

As for a service for this? I have no idea. But you can attach/embed a voice file in almost any email.


What he said...

Basically, you can record an audio file and attach it to any email from just about any email provider. About the only potential limitation might be a limit on the size of attachments that the email provider has, but then attachment size limits these days should not be an issue for an audio file (larger video files on the OTOH, might still be a problem).

But, then Animal raises good point. Anyone who practices "safe interneting" will immediately nuke an email message with an attachment that they are not expecting. If it is from someone they might know, maybe they will call that person to see if they actually sent the email, which then kind of defeating the purpose of original audio file you just send as you can say what you sent during the phone call. Of course, there are a lot of people who DO NOT practice "safe interneting".

I would go even further as many spam filters or antivirus/malware email filters might "catch" an email with not much text but contains an attachment (presumably if you are using the attachment to save typing, then you will not have included much test in the email).

It makes more sense in something like Facebook because it is more of a messanger/text type system than email. These are more "closed" or proprietary systems than general email. As a result, they kind of build an audio channel into the system that does not require the audio to be an attachment or separate file that can then potentially actually be malicious.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 02:40 PM

I see. Well, I guess, I'll just have to wait until speech recognition software is perfected, so that I can speak what I want to say and the e-mail client would translate it into text precisely as I said it.


Speech recognition software is pretty good these days, especially on computer versions where you can "train it" some (i.e. something like Dragon Natural Speaking). It might take a while to train it, but once you do, it will work pretty well. You will still have to fix things, but then I have to fix things that I type all the time as well.

The biggest thing you have to learn with speech recognition is that you have to think ahead what you want to say. When you type, it is much slower than just speaking. So, it is generally much easier for you mind to outpace your fingers. With speech recognition, however, it is much easier for you mouth to run faster than your brain. So, when I have tried it, I have found myself struggling. It is a learning curve.

I have a friend who is paralyzed who is using Dragon as he cannot type with his hands. It works well for him. Of course, he have overcome the learn curve about thinking what he wants to say. I did not use it enough to get past that.
 

I suppose, until then I will go with making an e-mail with Google. Is Gmail the most popular one worldwide? Or is it something else, such as Yahoo! ? For the past decade or so I've been using abv.bg which is pretty popupar in Southeastern Europe.

Thank you. :)


GMail is definitely a good choice in my opinion (unless you are paranoid about "big brother" Google spying on your emails :grinner:).

Edited by smax013, 18 May 2017 - 04:04 PM.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:25 PM

Well, you left no holes for to me ask questions on in your reply, smax013. Thank you! You're awesome.:)

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:07 PM

Well, you left no holes for to me ask questions on in your reply, smax013. Thank you! You're awesome. :)


I should note that Dragon is typically more "trainable" than options built into an computer OS. In other words, I think it is better at "learning" how YOU speak the more you use it than say dictation functions built into say the macOS (although for time at least, the macOS' dictation function was effectively powered by Dragon's/Nuance's engine, but had way less features).




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