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Vlingo for BlackBerry

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This stellar voice-transcription application does more than search the Web or place a call in response to your spoken command. Vlingo lets you get specific, searching Google or Yahoo and updating your Facebook and Twitter status. You can also launch applications, write notes to yourself, and verbally compose a text or e-mail message.

Added support in version 3.0 also lets you vocally kick-start activities through your Bluetooth or wired headset, and the app engages a robotic voice to confirm your actions by repeating them to you, such as "Calling Home." It's disappointing that the new premium service yanks e-mail from the free offering, though you can still text other Vlingo for BlackBerry users free of charge. The premium version benefits you by reading the contents of your message back to you, rather than having you view it with yourself. The move to audio confirmation is also a move to hands-free composition.

Vlingo's set-up is still a little laborious, but the step-by-step instructions help you program a fast access key on the phone, and the help file is a good, easily accessed reminder of what you can say and do. Vlingo's transcription may be on the slower side, especially if your connection is weak, but the application makes up for it by creating a voice recognition profile that improves with use, and by letting you preview text before you send anything to the public. Not to mention, it's got the best voice prompt package we've seen.

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    • 4 star: 2
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    • 1 star: 3
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Promising but disappointing"

    April 8, 2011  |   By orphu

    Version: Vlingo for BlackBerry 3.0

    Pros

    Excellent replacement for BB's built in voice dialing

    Cons

    Completely kills VZ Navigator GPS navigation on Storm 2.

    Summary

    If it didn't kill navigation, I would highly recommend it. However, being as the vendor is aware of this issue and shows little interest in addressing it, I can't recommend it for Storm users.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Only average"

    June 20, 2010  |   By jjhardesty

    Version: Vlingo for BlackBerry 3.0

    Pros

    Voice recognition is slightly better than the built in BB app

    Cons

    Cannot port from phone-to-phone. Voice recognition far from perfect.

    Summary

    Like most apps, the price is not exactly a budget buster, but I did not find the advantages of this app to warrant a second purchase for my new phone.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't switch between devices"

    May 23, 2010  |   By aleal1968

    Version: Vlingo for BlackBerry 3.0

    Pros

    Works ok at voice recognition, but could do better.

    Cons

    My biggest CON is that they will not allow you to switch your purchase between devices. I purchased this for my blackberry and am now switching to an Android device. They expect me to purchase it again. This WILL NOT happen. Only app to do this.

    Summary

    Works OK on the voice recognition. Could do much better and have not seen that the "learning" works. Again, they should not require you to purchase again to change devices. I will not buy this again or recommend to anyone.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "such a waste"

    January 17, 2010  |   By princeddie

    Version: Vlingo for BlackBerry 3.0

    Pros

    a good idea

    Cons

    loads of issues..

    Summary

    The slowing down in normal cell fone usage..battery issues...and a lack of customization
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buyer Beware"

    October 16, 2009  |   By cellbooster

    Version: Vlingo for BlackBerry 3.0

    Pros

    Works decent...not great

    Cons

    Unrealistic reinstall restriction if you upgrade to different BlackBerry 30 days or more after purchase. If you do, and either say goodbye to Vlingo or pay again...and again.....and.....again. Each time you switch phone (huh...bait and switch?)

    Summary

    Ok for the money, as long as you don't switch phones for a year......ridiculous and unheard of in the app world.

    I purchased 36 days ago for my Tour. Today I switched to a Curve. Surprise surprise! I can't reinstall. Vlingo policy only allows reinstall to a different model for 30 days or same model for a year (either way, must have same phone #). I will not waste my money a 2nd time. No warning (buyer beware) when u buy the product either. Goodbye Vlingo

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great app. A must have for the serious BB user"

    August 19, 2009  |   By afloyd4

    Version: Vlingo for BlackBerry 3.0

    Pros

    It works. That is the most important thing.

    Cons

    Price
    Only opens BBM, doesn't compose.

    Summary

    I was able to get a copy of full version at no charge. Even if I had to pay though I would have still bought. I do a lot of txt and e-mailing. This has made it a lot easier. It can take awhile as it learns so you may have to go through and fix certain words. But is gets most of it right. The ability to open so many applications has been great. If they added the ability to compose BBM I would rate it a 5 star

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