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Computer junkie that I am, there are still times I’m not near my computer to enter ideas into my system.

Just about my whole life is computer-based, so when I’m out, emails, tasks, calendar events, and the like can all fall by the wayside.

Or, I can just pick up the phone, dial a number, say a few words, and everything gets done for free, using Dial2Do.

Dial2Do is providing a great way for users to use their voice to do all kinds of things, and interact with all kinds of services – it’s like what Jott used to do, but without the sudden added cost.

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Here are just a few of the many things you can do with Dial2Do: add stuff to Evernote Become a Rockstar Note Taker with Evernote (100 Invites) Become a Rockstar Note Taker with Evernote (100 Invites) Read More , add tasks to Remember the Milk, send emails, send text messages, add calendar events to Google Calendar, listen to your email or RSS feeds, or post updates to your Twitter account. And that’s only a few of the choices.

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Once you create a free account with Dial2Do, and associate your phone number with your account, all you have to do is dial a given phone number (the service is available in 24 countries, each one with a different phone number).

A voice comes on the phone and says “What would you like to do?” You tell it, say, “Calendar.” You’re prompted then to speak your calendar event, like “lunch with Bill, today, 2pm.” There’s a brief pause, and that same voice comes back and says “that’s done.” Either hang up or stay on the line to record more. Once you hang up, you’re done! Your event shows up in your Calendar, your Twitter, or wherever you told it to go.

The true usefulness of Dial2Do is that it does interact with so many services – there’s nothing new to learn or check with Dial2Do, because it already integrates with the services you already use.

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Even if you’re not a user of all the services though, Dial2Do still offers a bunch of great features. By adding contacts to your account, you can send emails or text messages on the fly without typing a thing. Contacts can be added manually, or imported from a number of different services – Google, Yahoo, Outlook and the like. Texting while driving’s a dangerous, but popular, enterprise – Dial2Do makes that both easier and safer.

The transcription service is one of the most accurate I’ve seen in a service like this, better even than Jott. In all of my first few transcriptions, the only mistake Dial2Do made was to transcribe “parliamentary” as “polimentary.” Apparently polimentary is a word in Dial2Do’s world, but still – the success rate was impressively high.

The biggest drawback to Dial2Do, and one that’s common to applications like this, is that every service and contact you use has to be set up beforehand. If you decide “oh, I need to email John,” but John’s not in your contacts list, you’re out of luck. Same goes for adding to calendars, or checking email, or anything – whatever you want to do, it needs to be done at your computer.

My advice would be to set up every service you might possibly use (they’re simple and quick to set up), and add every contact you can (Dial2Do allows 100) – you’ll be surprised how often you use them, especially given how good the transcription is.

If Jott is any indication, Dial2Do won’t be free forever. For now, though, it’s a totally free, totally useful service that helps you get all kinds of things done with a simple phone call. Use voice-activated dialing, and you may never touch your phone keyboard again.

How do you, or how do you wish you could, get things done with your voice?

Photo Credit: PartsnPieces

  1. Harry
    June 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Interesting app.

    You may want to check out GoalsOnTrack.com, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and has time tracking. It's clear, focused, easy to navigate, worth a try.

  2. thematrix777
    March 8, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    So far it works OK for me. I tried a few commands and it heard them OK. Being handicapped, it's a great tool for me!

    I'll wait and see after a few days.....

    thematrix777

  3. phaoloo
    February 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

    It's really great to make me think of a day we can do all thing by saying. However, my country is not in the supported list.

  4. Gary LaPointe
    February 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I just started using dial2do, Jott went to pay only so I googled around to see what else was out there....

    It's pretty much similar to Jott but with language translation.

    I wish you could blog to more than one WordPress account but otherwise it's great so far....

  5. Chris
    February 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I have never seen an article regarding voice recoginition based software that doesnt mention the accuracy of the software. Meaning, if I say, "Hanging out at coffee shop until 6pm" will the machine post to my Twitter account "Flagging bout rat coughs hop until sex peem" and not give me a chance to hear it repeat it back to me? Will this program actually recognize what we REALLY say? Thanks for introducing this service, just think you should've mentioned this.

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