Voice SMS is a fast way to send a short message to another mobile subscriber that can be retrieved at the subscriber’s convenience. In that sense it is similar to an SMS text message. But Voice SMS is much easier to use. There are no keystrokes needed to compose the message. You just talk. When a Voice SMS is sent, an SMS text message is received saying “You have a Voice SMS. Click here to listen to your message.” One click and you’ are listening to your new message via a human voice. In some implementations, the phone reads “Dial *0* to listen to your message. A few clicks with the “Send” key are required, but it is still easy for users.
There are additional advantages for Voice SMS over text SMS. The text user interface on mobile phones is great if you use English, a European language, Kanji, or another widely used language. But once you get beyond the top twenty languages, there is little or no support in text messaging. And of course, text messages are of no use to people who are illiterate.
SSD-TECH’s Voice SMS service opens up another unique opportunity to the huge rural Bangladeshi community to communicate each other very conveniently. As not all the mobile phones supports Bangla Scripts, this service is providing them the best alternative possible.