View Full Version : Free services on your phone (TellMe)
08-07-2001, 01:34 AM
This place has been around for a while and is likely going to be out of business soon, but it's still very cool.
call 1-800-555-TELL (I know it works in the SF bay area and I think it is national)
Anyway, it is almost exclusively voice command and you can use the keypad if you really want.
Lots of cool stuff, like wake up calls, instant traffic reports on any freeway, etc. as well as things like newscasts. It is read by humans not voice synthesis so it is even better.
Also, if the audio ads bother you, just say "stop" and they will shut up. (If only people were trained as well)
08-07-2001, 01:19 PM
I think it is national - I used it a lot awhile back from home in Rhode Island and also when I went on vacation in March. One really handy feature they had for awhile was free two-minute phone calls; great if you're at a payphone and just have to make a quick call. Movie listings are kind of cool too. I do love the "Stop" and "Go Back" commands, they are wonderful inhuman features :)
08-07-2001, 02:49 PM
It is national. Just say 'phone booth' at the main menu for a free phone call. Also, say 'extension' to listen to user-created content.... uh.. what's their business model again? It all seems so 1999....
08-07-2001, 03:45 PM
but still the founder is pretty smart..
they were counting on toll free number rates to go down to 1 cent - 1/5 cent, and there they start making money..
the telecom doesn't seem to have done so yet..
they were recruiting at my school, and they're really smart guys....
nice thing to take advantage of till they go under =P
08-07-2001, 03:47 PM
oh, and their technology is pretty groundbraking..
as i know, they were the first to use voiceXML, and a lot of consulting companies are getting into that...i guess a lot of businesses like that technology, and wanna use that more....
so, that seems like that's their way to stay afloat...become a consulting company, and outsource their technology to other businesses that want to use it.
(again, from recruiting, i know that at least IBM consulting have gone into the voice xml thing..)
08-09-2001, 03:44 AM
You can even play audio blackjack with a Sean Connery impersonator!
Except for occasional problems with it understanding you on a cell phone, this is pretty cool
08-09-2001, 11:36 AM
The driving directions feature is very cool! I wished they had a yellow or white pages that would be helpful as most cell 411 information lines cost at least $1 a call.
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