The SpinVox 10-Point Guide to Polite Cell Phone Practices



    
    Voice to Text Service Keeps Subscribers Connected and in Control Without
    Causing Offense to Others
    

    ATLANTA, March 4 /CNW/ -- SpinVox, the leader in voice-to-text
technology, has used its expertise in mobile phone culture to identify
America's top ten most annoying cell phone practices. In an effort to foster
harmonious community living, SpinVox lists these antisocial habits and offers
helpful tips for more respectful cell phone usage.
    "Cell phones have become as necessary as our wallets and keys in our
daily routine," said Christina Domecq, SpinVox co-founder and CEO. "With such
a high level of integration into our lives and with so many people using cell
phones, it is important to always be considerate of others around us when
using them.
    "Eighty-two percent of all Americans report being irritated at least
occasionally by loud and annoying mobile phone users who conduct their calls
in public places, according to a 2006 study conducted by the Pew Internet and
American Life Project.
    According to a poll of SpinVox users, the following are the most cited
antisocial usage habits:

    Top Ten Cell Phone Usage Offenses and Remedies

    
    1.  The Offense: 'Loud Speakers' - People talking at a volume that's loud
        enough for everyone around them to hear. Your conversation is really
        not interesting to others, even if you're name dropping.
        The Remedy: Try finding a more appropriate location to have your
        conversation.
    

    
    2.  The Offense: 'Taste Blasters' - People that shout their musical
        preferences through their ringtones.
        The Remedy: Consider your environment and adjust the volume of your
        ringer accordingly.
    

    
    3.  The Offense: 'Chow Chatterers' - People that use their cell phones at
        the dinner table ...  eating and talking at the same time!
        The Remedy: If you need to take the call, consider leaving the table
        and finding a more suitable area to have your conversation.
    

    
    4.  The Offense: 'Spinal Tappers' - People with their speaker volumes
        'turned up to eleven', or having conversations in public through their
        speakerphones.
        The Remedy: Be courteous to those around you by adjusting your speaker
        volume and only using your speakerphone at home or in your office.
    

    
    5.  The Offense: 'Text Maniacs' - People that are constantly texting --
        during conversations, meetings, meals, etc.  That's just rude ...
        The Remedy:  If you absolutely cannot wait to generate or reply to a
        text, politely excuse yourself from whatever you are doing before
        texting.
    

    
    6.  The Offense: 'Check-Out Blockers' - People that are talking on the
        phone at the check-out station when they should be paying and
        collecting their things.  Those people waiting behind you are there
        for a reason ...
        The Remedy:  When it is your turn, put the cell phone away.  If you
        must continue your conversation, consider letting others skip ahead in
        line.
    

    
    7.  The Offense: 'Ring Cyclists' - People that let their cell phones ring
        and ring, rather than answer or silence them.  No one wants to hear
        the repeating bars of your "thong song" ring tone ...
        The Remedy: Have your cell phone in a convenient place where you can
        answer it quickly, instead of in a deep pocket or at the bottom of a
        handbag.
    

    
    8.  The Offense: 'Free Samplers' - People that select their ringtones in
        public by freely sampling each and every one ...  loudly ...
        The Remedy:  Be considerate of those around you and sample your
        ringtones in private -- other people simply aren't interested.
    

    
    9.  The Offense: 'Walk 'n Scrollers' - People texting or hunting through
        their contacts while walking.  A great way to multitask, but be
        careful who or what you bump into!
        The Remedy: Before texting or searching through your phone, consider
        stopping and stepping aside instead of walking.
    

    
    10. The Offense: 'Can Conversationalists' - People that take calls in
        public bathroom stalls.  Restrooms are for taking care of business,
        not taking calls ...
        The Remedy: Just don't do this.
    
    "SpinVox voice-to-text technology gives people more freedom and control
over how they express themselves and communicate with others," said SpinVox
CEO Christina Domecq. "In particular, SpinVox Voicemail, which automatically
converts your voice messages into text, helps you avoid some common cell phone
faux pas by allowing you to check voicemail messages efficiently and without
offense to others whenever and wherever you choose."
    Jeremy H. Greenberg, a New Jersey education consultant and SpinVox user
has been using the service to help manage his calls, increase productivity and
improve his cell phone etiquette.
    "I love NOT calling voice mail EVER! I also love checking messages at
meetings (discretely, of course), and the instant call back feature is cool,"
said Greenberg. "I have recommended SpinVox to my family and friends and
consider SpinVox to have really enhanced my quality of life."

    For more information about SpinVox visit www.spinvox.com.

    For Media Enquiries:

    
    Ema Linaker
    SpinVox Global Consumer PR Director
    T: +44 (0)20 7965 2000
    ema.linaker@spinvox.com
    

    
    Lauren Monroe
    5W Public Relations
    212.584.4330
    lmonroe@5wpr.com
    About SpinVox
    
    SpinVox(R) brought together the two most popular methods of communication
-- voice and text -- and created a new category of messaging called
Voice-to-Screen(TM). Its award-winning service is now making everyday
communication simpler and more powerful, creating new recurring revenues for
wireless, landline, cable and VOIP carriers as well as service providers and
web partners. SpinVox has already launched its service with Cincinnati Bell,
Sasktel, Telstra, Vodacom South Africa and Six Apart and announced deals with
Alltel, Rogers, Vodafone Spain and Skype. As a managed service provider any
network or service can rapidly and cost-effectively implement SpinVox.
    At the heart of SpinVox is its Voice Message Conversion System(TM)
(VMCS), which works by combining state-of-the-art speech technologies with a
live-learning language process. VMCS is being rolled-out across four
continents in four languages -- English, French, Spanish and German.




For further information:

For further information: Ema Linaker, SpinVox Global Consumer PR
Director,  +44-20-7965-2000, linaker@spinvox.com; or Lauren Monroe of 5W
Public  Relations, +1-212-584-4330, lmonroe@5wpr.com Web Site:
http://www.spinvox.com

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