Now, don't get me wrong. I understand that people who provide useful services can't do it for free all the time, but I don't use Jott often enough to pay for it. So, I started looking for alternatives, and I'm glad, because I found reQall.
(Quick side note, I panicked too quickly, there is a free basic version of Jott still available. I'll compare the two in a later article.)
reQall works in several ways to help you remember and organize your tasks, ideas, and thoughts. The most straightforward way is to dial a number and record a message. A computer voice guides you through the process and then depending upon what you say, it transcribes what you have said and creates an appropriate list or message for you to access later.
So, in the example above, I would dial the number (1-888-9-REQALL) and then a computer will answer. It asks me if I want to "Add", "Share", or "Recall". I would say "Add" and then it beeps, just like an answering machine. At that point you record a message. What is so cool is that certain keywords get certain results. In this case I would say, "Note. Met Bob Smith at gym. He is president of Bob's Supply on King Road. He needs someone to re-write blah...blah...blah" Basically, anything you want to say for up to 30 seconds. (You can always call back if you need longer.)
Because I said, "Note", reQall really won't do anything with this message except send it on to me. You can set it to send a text message or an email, or whatever. Or, in this case, I'll go online when I get back home and get all the data.