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Michelle
Michelle
2/27/2014 | 10:27:56 PM
Re: Looks good
@Carol I would be happy to have a spam filter. I don't get a lot of phone spam but it would still be nice to get less.

I wonder how often email spam filters are used to silently (and permanently ) ignore incoming messages from former friends or exes.
mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/27/2014 | 6:05:57 PM
Re: Looks good
There are actually a handful of phone number forwarding systems that allow you to block incoming calls based on phone numbers and whitelist/blacklist spam settings. Interestingly, not many telecoms offer these features. It's usually offered by various VOIP services. 
mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/27/2014 | 6:02:53 PM
Re: Looks good

I've never had good luck with voice dialing. You see it catching on?

I have never seen a voice dialer that was better/faster than my fingers. It works (sometimes) if you only have a few contacts that you dial frequently (and they all have distinctly different sounding voice tags). But once you know two contacts named Dave Something (or Jenn Something), the accuracy gets annoying.

Has Siri really "caught on" for anything other than its novelty? I'm not sure Google Now is that useful either... Maybe I'll be wrong. I do remember when Google had its 1-800-GOOG-411 service, and that was okay, but not exactly a replacement for dialing. Voice menu systems are really only useful when you can't use your hands for some reason (like maybe you're driving).

Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
2/27/2014 | 1:06:27 PM
Re: Looks good
Haha, good point, Carol. I wonder if there's reprocussions for a company that gets a bunch of spam ratings. Hopefully they would block that number for you. It's surprisingly hard to do on your own.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
2/27/2014 | 11:22:14 AM
Re: What Sparkle said...
Yeah, that was interesting and helps make it a much more integrated experience. I wonder how willing the handset makers are to doing stuff like this. Is is that the operators haven't asked before?
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
2/27/2014 | 11:03:49 AM
Re: Looks good
I don't use voice dialing myself -- I sitll use my VOIP phone in my office for most of my calls. But if I was remote a lot I would. I find it much easier to use my Bluetooth headset than holding phone to my ear. If my Bluetooth is unavailable, I much prefer the speaker. Again, I suffer from fat finger diseases.
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
2/27/2014 | 10:41:45 AM
Re: Looks good
Based on the description, this is something I would use immediately, espeically the spam feature and the frequent dialer buttons. 

You have to wonder, though, if the spam reporting feature wouldn't quickly become a popular way of gaining revenge...

 
DOShea
DOShea
2/27/2014 | 10:16:42 AM
What Sparkle said...
Also interesting here is the cooperative development between the carrier and the device maker to do something that for now seems fairly unique.

Ok, I confess, I just wanted to have a post with the subject line "What Sparkle said..."
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
2/27/2014 | 9:54:49 AM
Re: Looks good
Yeah, I really liked the look of it. And, they said the 10 names/numbers on the home screen get called 80% of the time. 

I've never had good luck with voice dialing. You see it catching on?
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
2/27/2014 | 9:48:19 AM
Looks good
From the photo, it looks like a larger "keypad" than others, which will certainly help those of us with "fat finger" disease. But with voice dialing beocming more prominent, I wonder how much uptake this will really have.


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