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

Mar 04, 2008, 00:00 ET from SpinVox

    ATLANTA, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 For Media Enquiries: Ema Linaker SpinVox Global Consumer PR Director T: +44 (0)20 7965 2000 Lauren Monroe 5W Public Relations 212.584.4330 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.