Monday, October 27, 2008

Add Emotions to your Message!

VoiceSMS is a voice messaging platform that enables the sharing of asynchronous short voice messages between users. VoiceSMS does not require an end-user to download a handheld software client, does not require users to sign-up for a new service or plan, and is available in numerous languages. This allows VoiceSMS to be immediately available to all of the subscribers (pre-paid and post-paid). Forget typing and sending just text messages. Now you can record your message, song or just voice, in any language of your choice and send to a friend. Airtel recently launched this unique "talk and listen" Voice SMS service across India.

Here is how it works: to send a message, the user dials "*" followed by the recipient's number, and leaves a message up to 29 seconds long. The service then sends an SMS notification to the receiver, who dials "*0*" to hear the message. The service is charged at 75cents per SMS. Airtel customers, on receiving a Voice SMS, could hear it free of cost for the first time. The voice SMS can be stored in the archives too. To retrieve it from the archive, the user would have to press "*1*" for which he/she would be charged 75 cents per message. When the message is sent to a non-Airtel number, the user can retrieve the voice SMS by dialling a 10-digit number that he receives on his mobile. This will be an outgoing call for him, charged according to the rate plan. The voice SMS service will be available for Airtel customers in India and can be sent to all mobile networks in the circle.

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