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I'm new to all of this and have been reading the threads about unlocking ...
Visual Voicemail - is it possible to build a "local" app?
I'm new to all of this and have been reading the threads about unlocking and am about to get an iPhone. I was thinking about the visual voicemail which would be pretty cool but it is a feature of AT&T.
I'm not a coder so this is a question as to whether this would work and if there are any coders or the dev team think this is viable at all.
What if there were an app sitting in the background on the iPhone that answered your phone for you - say one ring before voicemail kicks in.
This app could then play an MP3 (or any sound file)
"Hi, this is me...Please leave me a message..."
The app then records the message as a sound file (mp3,m4a etc) until the conversation ends (or a time limit is reached). This sound file is now on the iPhone's memory.
The app once opened fully would list all of the recorded messages with details such as who called, what day/time etc. These could be played at any time (even in iTunes if you wanted) and obviously use fast forward, rewind, pause etc.
Along with this it could update the red button over the phone icon - it literally is just a count of the number of files in the voice message system. Once you delete them out of the system (or move them somewhere) the red button would drop the number.
Anyway, as I say - I'm not a coder at all and not sure if this is possible, but having seen some of the work the guys on the forum can do and have done I thought I'd ask.
So, is a local visual voicemail possible at all?
That would be one of the greatest apps ever.
I know such apps from Symbian Phones. They have such apps...
stupid idea, what if you turned off your phone? what if you out of reach?
Fair enough - it was just a thought.
If you turned off your phone or were out of service. As soon as you did reconnect/turn on/get signal the app could check your voicemail and "import" by phoning it and grabbing the data - you wouldn't get the details of the call (potentially) but you could grab the messages and have them back in your app.
As I said, it was just a thought - never mind.
Cheers to Majestic - I see Symbian already are on the way - my plan for global domination with this "app" is short lived.
Actually, this would be a very interesting experiment, although dialing in and retrieving might be a bit of a kludgy solution.
It might be interesting to see if it could be used more effectively with a service like Vonage, which already stores all of your voicemail messages online in a WAV format, and in fact even e-mails them to your mailbox (and thereby your phone by extension).
I have traditionally just used no-answer/busy transfer features to send my calls to my Vonage voicemail, which would result in my messages being e-mailed to me. This is a bit more of a nuisance with the iPhone, since you can't listen to WAV files from your e-mail (my E90 could do this), but it sounds like a perfect setup for an application to simply sniff for Vonage voicemail e-mails, and then retrieve the WAV file from the message and move it to the "Visual Voicemail" box.... No dialing out, or even trying to download stuff from web sites... Just look for an e-mail from a certain address, strip out the WAV file, convert it if required, and then dump it in the Visual Voicemail box on the iPhone.
That should be very easy to achieve in principle, assuming there aren't any mystical restrictions hiding in the iPhone code (like an encrypted Visual Voicemail subsystem), but I have neither the advanced coding experience or the time to attempt this right now, although I'd certainly consider such a solution worth real money for any adventurous coders that wanted to undertake a shareware project....
(This wouldn't even have to be Vonage-specific -- it could work for ANY voicemail service that e-mails the messages out, which many corporate services are capable of as well).
Besides beeing a happy iPhone/Turbosim user here in Germany I had a Nokia E60 before. Used the 10-Dollar-app AnswserMachine on the phone.
My providers voicemail feature starts after 8th rings or at no reach/phone shut off :So I set AnswerMachine to start after 6th ring. The app uses a recorded greeting message and saves voice messages including when/contact or phone # as a local soundfile aka kind of visual voice mail.
If the phone is off my providers vm kicks in.
The advantage is - besides having another nice app - over here in Europe at most providers you have to pay for calling your mailbox and retrievineg vm
i would love to see such an app for the iphone
just my opinion
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