You Can Text While Driving!? | A David Creation

Posted by | July 09, 2009 | Marketing Advice | 2 Comments

logo_VlingoWe all know it is dangerous to text and drive! We frown at those who still do such foolishness. We’ve been told to not do it and even state laws prohibit us from texting in the car! So why am I advocating we can still text while driving?

I’m not! I found an alternative!

I stumbled upon a handy little application for a smart phone called Vlingo a few months ago. It has its quirks but is a very helpful at times. It is a software program that is for “voice texting” not finger texting. Vlingo was designed for Blackberry, iPhone and other Smartphone devices to use voice to text technology. Voice to text has been out for quite a few years but has not been very well received by consumers. However, the latest version of Vlingo is well worth giving it a try if you do a lot of texting and emailing. The Vlingo Plus cost $17.99 and is virtually hands free. If you speak very carefully and with simple sentences, Vlingo is very accurate. The Plus version gives you access to Voice to Text emailing, text and to-do list. I actually really like the to task function. Sometimes I am driving, I remember something and cannot write it down. Now, I push a button while looking straight ahead and say, “Task: Pick up Coffee.” Done! It is that easy.

The program is not perfect, and I am not giving it a five star rating. However, it really is the best on the market and is VERY safe while driving.

CAUTION: I do advise that you avoid distractions while driving and always keep your eyes on the road, not your phone! If Vlingo is a distraction, don’t use it.

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.

2 Comments

  • Abdul Dhakarmu says:

    You should look into jott.com It is a superior online app and they have been doing it longer than Vlingo.

  • David says:

    Thanks, Abdul. I’ve heard of Jott but have not used it. There are so many little programs that cost $2.99 to $9.99 per month. If I used all of those programs, I’d have a monthly bill that competed with my cell phone bill! Jott looks great, and it has the features I wish Vlingo had originally when I started using it. However, Vlingo you pay a one time fee. It works well, not great. Hopefully Jott or another company will have a 1 time fee program! YouMail sounds similar to some of the features of Jott too. I love the Voice Calendar option on Jott…very cool. Thanks for sharing.

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