Managing Calls and Contacts

Control your calls and contacts with these handy online tools.

Aliza Sherman
October 25, 2008
Episode #026

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To better track calls that I've missed, I'm using SpinVox at S-P-I-N-V-O-X dot com, a voice-to-text service. Because I'm on AT&T, the service is actually being offered through UReach at U-R-E-A-C-H dot com, a partner with SpinVox. For $9.99 US, I can program my mobile phone to forward my missed calls to the SpinVox/UReach number and the voicemail message is converted to text. I've opted to have the text version of my messages sent to me by both SMS on my mobile phone and via email although you can opt for one or the other.

In the last few weeks, I haven't had to check voicemails at all. You'd be surprised how much time you can save eliminating that task.

Contact Management

For more basic contact management, you can try the free and simple Keepm at K-E-E-P-M dot com. You can import your contacts from your Gmail, Hotmail, AOL or several other accounts, edit each contact record and even easily share contacts with others as needed. Sometimes the really basic solutions just get the job done.

Or you can try Plaxo. Plaxo started out as a contact management system online and has morphed into a social network as well with their Plaxo Pulse feature where you can publish status updates viewable by your contacts or post links, videos, photos, and even publish polls.

If you subscribe to Plaxo Mobile Plus and have a BREW-enabled phone with data service, you can sync your contacts to your mobile phone. Or you can try Plaxo Premium for 30 days free. The annual cost of the Premium service is $49.95 and that includes contact duplicate removal and automated backup and recovery for your address book - but it doesn't include Plaxo Mobile Plus.