MessageSling, a web service that allows people to receive voice messages as emails; SMS text messages or MP3 files, and also dictate messages in any of those formats. MessageSling is one of the companies participating at the DEMOfall conference in San Diego. The service aims to better the voicemail feature, making it more versatile.
MessageSling, a Worcester, Mass.-based company has joined the race, as a bunch of companies are covering similar services already. Jott and Spinvox for example, though MessageSling hopes to take the game away from them. Once activated, it turns your mobile phone into an all-purpose communication tool. Thus allowing you to send and receive messages in any format.
The service is particularly of use to people in California; where they’re no longer allowed to call while driving. Seriously, there’s a wide group of people who do that, in fact do their business through their mobile phones while driving on way to work, or the latter. So much so that CEO and founder Scot Junkin will be focusing the marketing efforts over the 15 States that have the mobile-(hands-free) laws in order.
While competitors might be a worry for MessageSling, Junkin shrugs it off by claiming that the range of supported formats by the service will allow the edge. More so, the ability to send, receive and organize messages all through the company’s voice interface. SpinVox being the closest competitor, not only converts voice messages to text, but also allows blogging through voice, while also updating social networks through the same.
Though MessageSling is carrier independent, this gives it an advantage over SpinVox. Thus allowing the service to work with any mobile carrier, and allowing you to transfer voicemails when you switch carriers. With that said, SpinVox can be used on all carriers through uReach.
MessageSling has a beta version up and running, with plans to release the full version early next year. As MessageSling is a privately funded service, Jukin, previously working as a software architect with Jingle Networks, states that he plans to go out for a seed round soon.