Jott Replacement? Two Best Options, One Winner?

Jott just announced they’re ending their service. I’ve been using Jott’s transcription for a number of years to take notes by phone, and have the notes transcribed into text. What I particularly liked about the service was that it linked to other services I use, such as Google Calendar, Evernote and Twitter, as well as letting you send messages directly to your contacts.

I’ve looked at two options:

  • Reqall seems like a cool service. They have apps for iPhone, Blackberry, Android, etc. Reqall seems focused on helping you remember things–hence the name. Reqall also connects to Evernote, Google Calendar, as well as Outlook, and even works for IM. It also has a free option, which Dial2Do doesn’t, and a lot of productivity-specific features.
  • Dial2Do is closer to what Jott did. In addition to mobile apps they also have the ability to connect to Evernote, WordPress, Twitter, and a lot of other applications. The cheaper of their two pricing options is $2.50/month, which isn’t bad.

So who’s the winner?

Not surprisingly, the two services have different advantages.

  • Free Memos to Self: Reqall — If price is a consideration, and if the main thing you’re looking for is memos to yourself (and a little help organizing your life) then check out Reqall.
  • Voice to Everything: Dial2Do — The main advantage of Dial2Do seems to be the ability to interface with a lot more applications, the way Jott did. For the full-featured version it’s only $5.99/month (as of April 2011) which is in line with what Jott was charging.

8 comments for “Jott Replacement? Two Best Options, One Winner?

  1. Jerry Weinberg
    April 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Dial2do has a new discount on their main page for displaced Jott users – 3 months free, and/or $35 for first year, and $60 per year, thereafter, for the PRO, but the special ends soon. To talk to Remember the Milk (RTM), I think you need PRO.

    I don’t see Dial2do (voice to text) into Requall? Use Google voice to it? Good luck!

    I am using Dial2do with Remember The Milk (RTM), and you can set up RTM reminders by voice and read them back later, also. The SMS text comes in on time for reminders, and can be set to alert via text, or I think email, in advance of the due time (selectable), or at the due time. (Seems to come in on time)

    I have not been able to voice a reminder to a list, though. They all go to the inbox of RTM, but do work. You can move them to a list, though, using the drop down box after you set up lists, or just leave them in the inbox. The text back when a reminder is set, to verify that it was transcribed correctly like Jott had, is not avaliable since RTM notes were assumed to come from RTM typed in tasks, originally. I’m asking for this.

    Example of a Dial2do voice to text to Remember the Milk…
    (After you sign up with RTM, and sign up and add RTM access to your Dial2do)
    Call the non-toll free number for Dial2do.
    It asks what to do, and you say, “Rember the Milk.” (I’ve asked for RTM of a phone key shortcut)
    It asks you to wait for a beep, and I say, “This is a message that I want to leave.”
    You can then hang up or say, “Due at 4 35 P M today.”, and it works.
    You can also call Dial2do, and say “Listen to Remember the Milk”, and it plays back oldest to newest (I’m trying to get that changed to newest to oldest, but it might already be available for all I know).

    It ain’t Jott, but the transcription seems to be as good or better, though it might take a little longer. Lets pay these guys, and see if we can’t hold on to them this time!

  2. Jerry Weinberg
    April 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    By the way, Dial2do can also read your emails to you and allow you to reply by voice.
    This can be handy, especially on the road.

  3. Jerry Weinberg
    April 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Woops, Looks like Requall does have voice support from smart phones, but not by calling in from a phone, like Dial2do does. More opportunity!

  4. Jerry Weinberg
    April 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Well, looks like you can call into Requall to add calendar entries, but have to email in todo’s, notes, and shopping lists via email with a pro account. But then, Dial2do can send email. Wow! Now I’m looking again. Jott shot us down bad! Bad bad Jott!

  5. April 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks Jerry, that’s really useful! I’ll definitely miss Jott but it may be that Dial2do will be able to handle some of what I used Jott for.

  6. steven c
    April 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    i want to replace jott for the ability to send an e mail to my smart phone with the transcription of the message from the caller. does anyone know of a replacement for this service???
    SC

  7. May 3, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Steven – you mean voicemail transcription? One popular choice is Google Voice.

  8. May 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve been with Jott since it was free. I just used the former-Jott-customer voucher for Dial2Do Pro. One of the main things I used Jott for was reminders with alarms. It was so nice to be able to add a date/time to be reminded about your reminder. 😉

    Admittedly, I’ve not spent much time learning D2D yet but it doesn’t seem like they have that exact function. But with the Pro version, I think I’ll be able to get similar functionality by integrating to my Google calendar. I also often sent Jotts to Evernote, so I’ll see how the D2D/EN integration goes.

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