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When calling a phone number one sometime falls on a voice mail. I sometimes prefer to leave text messages than voice mail messages, but some phone numbers don't accept text messages.

I am looking for an Android program that can take a written text as input and takes care of leaving a message on the voicemail through text-to-speech conversion. Free of charge. Less preferable but still OK: web service or Windows/Linux program. I'm mostly interested in the United States (i.e. both sender and recipient in the United States).


Some carriers offer this service, but it is not free:

Spring:

Sending a text message to a landline is just like sending a standard text message. Just create a text message from your Sprint phone and address it to a 10-digit phone number. Your text is converted to a voice message, which is automatically read to the recipient when he or she answers the phone. If the recipient does not answer the phone, your text message is stored as a voicemail, provided the recipient has voicemail service on their landline phone. Your recipient can also reply to your message. Effective July 1, 2014, each text message to a landline will cost $0.25. Customers will be required to opt-in before being charged for sending a text to landline.

Some web services offer this service, but I haven't found any free one:

MessageBird:

Easily integrate Text to Speech messages into your app, CRM software or website and send a voice message to any phone in the world, landline or mobile. 1000 SMS cost $17. Web interface or API.

  • Do you want it to text if the number accepts texts and perform text-to-speech otherwise? – RockPaperLizard Aug 20 '15 at 20:31
  • @RockPaperLizard Ideally yes but is it possible to test whether the recipient can receive a text? – Franck Dernoncourt Aug 20 '15 at 20:34
  • That would be my next question! ;) – RockPaperLizard Aug 20 '15 at 20:38
  • Many phone carriers (all the major ones in the US, as far as I know) offer this as a service to allow sending text messages to landline phones. However, I don't know any details about it - only that it exists. – Moshe Katz Aug 21 '15 at 3:24
  • Do you need a separate program to do this? I think many phone companies have such service already. I know Verizon (in the US) does, if you try to send a text message to a landline (for a small fee of course). The offer is in a reply to the original text message. – user3169 Aug 21 '15 at 3:27
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Asterisk has support for text messaging. Plug-ins capable of voice synthesis are available.

Admittedly, this solution will probably take some time to set up.

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