Mobile Scribe

August 16, 2005 in 3 out of 5 stars, A service, Productivity

What is it?

Mobile Scribe: Mobile dictation to email.  You set up an account and dial into a phone number, dictate a message up to 4 minutes long, and it will be transcribed and either emailed to you and up to 4 additional contacts or posted on secure website for you to download.


Who makes it?

Copytalk, LLC

Why is it the killerest?

Most people have become pretty adept at talking on a phone/cell phone in almost any situation, whereas pulling out a pen & paper is a little more cumbersome.  Also, this reduces amount of paper you have to keep up with, and better leverages your time by outsourcing transcription services to a 3rd party.  In my case, I meet with a client or get off a mobile phone call, dial up Copytalk, dictate important notes, reminders, etc. and receive an email of the dictation within a few hours.  I can then copy & paste into my CRM client records or print out hard copy, etc.  Very efficient

What could be improved?

Cost and formatting.  Cost is arguably a little steep although it offers an unlimited number of dictations up to 4 minutes each.  You have to "adjust" to spelling out uncommon words and lack of formatting to paragraphs, etc.  This, however, can easily be adapted to

How much does it cost?

$60/month unlimited use


Reviewed by Russ Thornton

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This is interesting. Good for those times when you need to remind yourself of something really important without a pen handy or for recording important points in meetings. Perhaps I can propose my company to look into this.

Posted by: PrincessE | Aug 19, 2005 12:18:31 PM

I tried out CopyTalk for a month or so, and it didn't work for me. I wanted to use it for capturing to-dos and ideas while I was away from the computer. It turned out that the recording time was too limited and that the actual dictation process was more frictional than I had hoped.

Posted by: patrick | Aug 27, 2005 10:54:40 AM

You should try the electronic virtual assistant, it is like copytalk on steroids. It logs contacts, appointments, sends emails, allows you to call in your expenses, mileage, income, etc and it is keeps it all categorized in your own personal online database. It is a sales person dream machine.
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Posted by: Curt | Mar 3, 2006 4:39:01 PM

Copytalk is only as good as the kids transcribing your calls with their clunky software and backwards syntax.

Your lack of paragraph formatting is directly attributed to the fact that 19 year old kids are doing the typing, and have no real understanding of the english language.

They don't hire geniuses over there.

They also must have revamped their pricing model 20 times in the past 5 years.

Posted by: Jason | Mar 4, 2006 8:25:10 PM

This service is simple and wondrously useful. I balked at signing up thinking it was going to be a glorified dictation service. When I tried it I loved it! Inexpensive and accurate. I researched the company and found the personnel helpful. It is most useful to me while driving.

Posted by: james | Jul 1, 2006 9:24:25 AM

This is a great service but...... even when stopping to spell many words, there are good number of misspellings. I would be hesitant to use this to send emails out to clients. Also, the timing of the email varies greatly. At times it takes 30 to 60 minutes, other times the lag is 5-10 hours. I also find that many emails I send myself are now not being recieved even though the log says they sent it and they are not getting caught in a spam filter. Am having difficulty getting any repsponse from customer service

Posted by: chuck | Dec 21, 2006 6:14:29 AM