SERVICE: Use a Google Voice number for reminders

http://www.macworld.com/article/147288/2010/04/googlevoice.html

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Send Yourself Voicemails After Calls to Remember Important Info

I have created a Gmail account and gotten signed up for Google Voice on that account (btw, don’t set it to your cell phone number for this setup.)

Once that GV account is in place, I enable the Do Not Disturb feature which sends incoming calls straight into voicemail.

I also have the settings such that it sends a Speech-to-Text translation to an email address on my Blackberry. Further, I set up my phone to speed dial “Q” (Quick Msg) so, as soon as I get done with the call, I dial Q and go straight into VM. I leave an articulate VM of the details I just committed to and almost instantly, upon completion, it feeds back to my Blackberry signaling that I have a new msg.

I DON’T look at the msg so that when I get back online, I can pull up the Unread msg (or listen to the voicemail attachment) and update the appropriate calendar entry or whatever is necessary to follow-up on the commitment.

Even if the translation isn’t verbatim, that’s fine because it’s usually pretty close and that should be PLENTY to serve as a reminder that I can act on. It’s really a great system, very simple and free. Not too shabby.

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I have it setup, but I have to play with it a little.

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