How to receive voicemails as text messages

How to receive your voicemails as text messages straight to your phone.

Close up person recieving voicemail messages as texts

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 24x7 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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    Infinityoz
    25th Oct 2016
    11:01am
    Wow! What a ripoff!
    Sundays
    25th Oct 2016
    11:37am
    Obviously for the lazy person. I can spend $84 per year on other things
    musicveg
    25th Oct 2016
    12:43pm
    Yes totally rip off, why do they charge to retrieve messages when the person making the call has already paid for it? What about Virgin?
    particolor
    25th Oct 2016
    1:29pm
    OOOOOW !! The Pain :-(
    As Infinityoz said up the top there !! :-)
    My Bundled Communication's Bill has gone from $89.00 to $135.00 a Month in 2 years ?? And nothing has Changed whatsoever. Except the Service is getting Lousier < ( Is that a word? )
    18th of December is Rip the Plug out time for me ! As an old Age Pensioner I cannot afford this any longer :-) And yes, I have looked around With Telstra being the worst of the Bad !!
    Wow! What a ripoff !
    Old Geezer
    25th Oct 2016
    2:30pm
    I get it for free but the problem is that the message sometimes just doesn't make any sense.


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