Jott.com is a voice to text service that allows users to send emails and text messages, set reminders, organize lists and post to web services with their voice. Once an account has been set up, users access the service by calling an easy-to-remember toll-free number. The speech to text technology being used by Jott is without equal, allowing them to offer a number of capabilities that have never been possible before. The site has 3 membership levels, with the Basic level being free and ad-supported. Registration is required to use the site. Jott users can do something as simple as maintain a to-do list, or as complex as post an update to Twitter, all by simply using their voice. The voice recognition handles most words seamlessly, with spelling out recommended for more difficult to pronounce words and names. As an example of how the system works, to leave a to-do list item the user simply dials the Jott number. The system asks “Who do you want to Jott”. The user answers “Myself”, then leaves a message. The message is converted to text and an email is sent to the user with a link to the to-do list item.Show more screenshots »
Jott was founded by John Pollard in late 2006 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA. Use of the service has increased steadily since its introduction, and the site continues to add new features often. The Alexa traffic rank for the site is near 100,000. Jott was acquired by Nuance Communications in July 2009.
Not all competitors of Jott have a basic membership feature to try the service for free.
The site definitely has a Web 2.0 look and feel. The layout is clean and uncluttered, and navigation is intuitive. Navigation is via a convenient top menu bar with no more choices than necessary. Response time is quite good, with most pages loading in a few seconds at most.
Registration for a free Basic membership asks for first and last name, email address, phone number, password and time zone. You must verify your phone number by dialing the Jott phone number and entering a validation number that is sent to you via email. You must have caller ID turned on to do this and to use the Jott service.
Payment for premium memberships is handled securely and asks for all information except for credit card billing address. The site accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express. All three levels of membership (Jott Basic, Jott, Jott Pro) feature unlimited notes and to-do list items, 15 second message length, the ability to receive Jott notes and to-do list items via an RSS feed, and management of notes and to-do lists via email or the Jott website.
The Jott premium level adds the ability to add links to other services (ie. to post an entry to Google calendar or an update on Twitter) and gives the user access to Jott for Outlook, which allows voice access to Microsoft Outlook. The Jott Pro premium membership increases the message length to 30 seconds, and adds access to other apps such as Jott for Blackberry. Jott Basic is free, Jott costs $3.95 per month and Jott Pro costs $12.95 per month.
The Jott service is recommended to anyone who could benefit from the unique, easy-to-use organizational tools offered by the service. When used as intended, Jott could be a real timesaver for busy people. Even though the technology is advanced, the service is seamless and there in no special computer knowledge required. Jott is probably not for everyone, but since the Basic membership is free it is relatively painless to give it a try.