While we are talking about Skype and Skype voicemails, there is a (free) and way more convenient and powerful way to use Skype as you voicemail system; I've posted about back in August already. All you need is Orb (which I'm a huge fan of) and Orb's V4S plug-in. However, Orb has updated V4S again with another cool feature: send voice messages to any E-Mail or Skype contact!
Orb Networks yesterday announced a new version of V4S, the world's first software for free Web voice messaging, enabling users to send voice messages to any email or Skype contact.
"Voice messaging fills the gap between real-time voice conversations and text-based messaging solutions," said Ian McCarthy, vice president of product marketing at Orb Networks, the creators of V4S. "Sometimes you just want to send someone a message in your own voice."
From any Web browser (or directly form the Skype interface), V4S users can now easily create and send voice messages for free to all their friends, wherever they are. V4S voice messages can be played back from any device with a streaming audio player, including mobile phones and PDAs.
Thanks to E-Mail and SMS alerts, users of V4S get their friends' voice messages delivered to them right away, wherever they are.
"Orb continues to help consumers get the most out of their digital and broadband investments," said McCarthy.
V4S is the latest addition to the Orb platform, which gives users access from everywhere to their television, music, photos, and other digital content.
To use Orb and Skype together with V4S you need a "always connected" PC (best is a Windows XP Media Center) an Orb account (you can create fro free), the Orb software, running on your always on PC, a Skype account (which you can create for free also), the latest Skype client software running on your always connected PC as well and the V4S plug-in for Orb.
Now if I could add a "wish" to make it working even better? Please Orb, also provide a Windows Media Center plug-in that I a) get a notification of missed calls within the MCE UI and b) I can playback recorded voice messages and create new messages from the MCE UI, using my Media Center Edition remote and Bluetooth headset! Then it will be perfect, at least for me! ;-)
Cheers ~ Arne