Ifbyphone's Voice Broadcast application for iPhones enables users to send recorded messages to as many recipients as they wish without using any of the users' calling-plan minutes. The Ifbyphone telephone application platform delivers the broadcasts either immediately, or at a future scheduled time.
The new Ifbyphone application will work with any iPhone running the v2 software, both the original iPhones and the highly anticipated new version. In addition, the Voice Broadcast feature will also work with the iPod(R) touch, providing access and capability to a wider audience.
"Sales professionals and others are sure to find this new capability invaluable," said Ifbyphone CEO Irv Shapiro. "For example, a sales manager who is leaving town can now schedule a voice broadcast to go out to his or her sales team while away. What's more, this is an ideal application for Mom or Dad. With a couple of clicks, they can send messages to everyone in the family."
After installing the Ifbyphone broadcast application, which will be available via iTunes distribution, the voice broadcast message is then created through a few fast and easy steps:
-- Select the Ifbyphone Voice Broadcast application on the iPhone.
-- Select the group of recipients from the iPhone's Address Book and enter the delivery date and time.
-- The Ifbyphone service then calls out to the iPhone so the message can be recorded. The call-back recording feature allows users to schedule messages even if they are outside of Wi-Fi range, since the voice message is recorded on the voice side of the network.
On the iPod touch, the user will select the phone number of a phone he or she wants to be called on to record the message with Ifbyphone.
"Since the voice broadcasts are delivered by the Ifbyphone telephone application platform, no iPhone calling-plan minutes are used, nor is there any requirement for the iPhone or iPod touch user to be online at the scheduled delivery time," Shapiro said.
The Ifbyphone iPhone Voice Broadcast application and the enhanced Ifbyphone Voice Broadcast API (Application Programming Interface) will be available to users and developers starting July 1. The application is free, but requires an active Ifbyphone subscription.