I ran into the team behind DriveSafe.ly over at RIM’s App World event last week and they gave me a sneak preview of the Caller ID Reader app they released this morning. The new app reads the callers name and phone number out loud using text to speech when you get an incoming call. It even works with Bluetooth headsets and combines well with the DriveSafe.ly app that reads your incoming email and SMS out loud.
The app comes in both free and premium versions. The free version will read the incoming callers name from your address book or phone number but will prompt you with an upgrade message after every 3rd use. To remove the upgrade message the cost is $3.95 semi-annually or a $9.95 one time payment. You can pick up the free and premium version in App World or you can just pick it up OTA at www.calleridreader.com/d?b. You can also purchase the upgrade directly at www.calleridreader.com.
NOTE: When installing the Caller ID Reader app, you will be prompted to turn your sound profile to vibrate in case you have a CDMA phone (as these phones are only able to play one sound at a given time). On a CDMA phone, ringtones will cut off an incoming call being announced. Also, the first time a call is received, Caller ID Read will read out the number, not the name. After the phone call is over, Caller ID Reader will download the caller’s name to the phone from iSpeech cloud.
Check out the full press release below:
Incoming Caller’s Name Now Read Aloud with Caller ID Reader™ App
No More Looking at Mobile Phones While Driving to See Who’s Calling
Newark, NJ (June 23, 2010) ‐ iSpeech®, creator of DriveSafe.ly™, the award‐winning, free mobile app aimed to stop distracted driving, is announcing Caller ID Reader™ App. The new mobile application reads aloud the caller’s name or phone number of all incoming calls. Caller ID Reader™ is an easy solution for BlackBerry® and Android® device users to know who’s calling without having to take their eyes off the road or other tasks at hand. Caller ID Reader™ is compatible with most popular Bluetooth devices to make driving even safer by helping to stop distracted driving. Caller ID Reader™ combined with DriveSafe.ly™ promotes safe driving by reading aloud an incoming caller’s name or number as well as incoming text messages (SMS) and email messages.
The free version of the Caller ID Reader™ app reads the incoming caller’s name or phone number with an upgrade message every third use. The free version can be upgraded to Caller ID Reader™ Pro, which removes the upgrade message for $3.95 semi‐annually or $9.95 one time. Both the free and pro version are available on BlackBerry App World, Android Market, CallerIDReaderApp.com and other app stores and platforms soon.
“Caller ID Reader™ App is a simple way to eliminate the need to look at your mobile phone while driving,” says Heath Ahrens, iSpeech CEO. “With DriveSafe.ly™ reading out emails and SMS messages and Caller ID Reader™ speaking out the incoming caller’s name, there is really no excuse to look at your phone while driving.”
The use of wireless devices and their accessories while driving may cause distraction. iSpeech®, Inc. does not encourage or endorse texting while driving or the unsafe use of any device while driving. Use of devices should be discontinued if they interfere with your driving concentration. Additionally, the use of wireless devices and their accessories may be prohibited or restricted in certain areas. Always obey the laws and regulations on the
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