Is Google Voice a Threat to SpinVox and Phonetag?

I’ve been playing with my new Google Voice account now that my upgrade from GrandCentral is complete and so far I like it – it’s a good product and the improvements are great. I also like that the interface looks and feels more like Gmail and less like a webmail 1.0 interface.

I’ve been a Phonetag subscriber for over a year now and I think it’s a really good way to manage voicemail. The transcription is good enough and sufficiently fast to be useful. Now that Google is offering that service as part of an integrated Google Voice offering, does that signal the end of standalone transcription services like Phonetag and SpinVox?

I don’t think so. So long as you have to move your universe of contacts over to calling you on Google Voice to take advantage of the free transcription. While it’s an attractive feature and free if you’re willing to move to Google Voice, I’m not sure that everyone who wants voicemail transcription will jump on Google Voice to get it for free.

  • Jeff

    Who says you have to tell all your contacts to call your google voice number. Just setup conditional call forwarding from your cell phone to google voice. Then setup google voice to go straight to voicemail. Done.

  • I suppose that would work as well. I hadn't thought of that. Good point.

  • Folks questioned why we'd need Twitter when Facebook offers the status line feature as well as many many more. Turns out that that one feature is killer and ripe for plenty of innovation. Result is lots of oppties for both companies. Could be similar for GV vs Phonetag, et al.

  • Folks questioned why we’d need Twitter when Facebook offers the status line feature as well as many many more. Turns out that that one feature is killer and ripe for plenty of innovation. Result is lots of oppties for both companies. Could be similar for GV vs Phonetag, et al.