Receive voicemails as SMS messages

If you get annoyed at how tedious checking your voicemail can be, this feature might be just what you’ve been looking for. Save time and stress by receiving your voicemails as text messages straight to your phone.

In Australia, this service is currently available to Optus and Telstra customers; it works by using a voice to text translation service that converts audio from a voicemail to a text message equivalent.

Optus Voice to Text
If you’re already with Optus and you’d like to receive your voicemail as text messages, it’ll cost you $6.99 per month. To activate Voice to Text, SMS the word ‘ON’ to 7746. To turn the service off, you can simply text ‘OFF’ to the same phone number. Each time you receive a voicemail, Optus will translate it to a text message, then text it to you. If the translation isn’t accurate, you can still call and check your voicemail as you normally would.

To use this service, you must have Voicemail activated. Visit Optus for help with activating Voicemail.

Optus also offers ‘Missed Call Service’, a free substitute for voicemail that will send you text message versions of 10-second voicemails. The drawback of this service is that you will not be able to listen to the original voicemail, so if it doesn’t convert accurately you won’t have any other option.

Read more at Optus.

Telstra Voice2Text
If you’re already with Telstra and you’d like to receive your voicemail as text messages, it’ll cost you between $5 and $15 each month, depending on how many messages you receive, with a fee of 40c for each message that exceeds your allowance.

To activate the service you can hop on Telstra’s 24×7 chat and ask them to turn it on for you, make sure you double-check the pricing with them, as it may vary depending on your service.

If you’re on a business plan, you may be able to give this service a test run with a two-month free trial.

Telstra also offers ‘Message2Txt’, a free substitute for MessageBank that will send you text message versions of voicemails. The drawback of this service is that you will not be able to listen to the original voicemail, so if the conversion isn’t accurate you won’t have any other option.

Read more at Telstra.

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