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cadplan Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

I recently changed from an ancient Nokia N97  to an iPhone 4. A very useful feature of the Nokia was to speak the name of whoever was calling. If you are busy doing something and your phone is perhaps across the room it's handy to know if you need to drop everything and answer (poss client) or to let it ring on (poss person you don't want to respond to)

 

I was sure an iPhone could do this but I haven't found a way without possibly jailbreaking which I don't want to do.

Is thre a legit way?

 

thanks  AJ

  • 1. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    No such feature is built into the iPhone. There is an app in the app store, but it requires assigning custom ringtones to your contacts:

     

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autoringtone-pro-text-to-speech/id333264447?mt=8

  • 2. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    cadplan Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    thanks but it's not really what I'm after as I may have up to 100 business contacts in my address book so it wouldn't help. I can't believe Apple hasn't sorted this, like I say Nokia have had this function for years

  • 3. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    Tell Apple you'd like to see such a feature:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

  • 4. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    cadplan Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    cool, I just did that, now everybody do it!

  • 5. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)

    I've already done so but added that there should be the ability to turn this feature off. Most calls I get from sources I do not know only display the phone number so the telephone would just announce the telephone number which I think most people would find more irritating than some ring phones. And many people here would then complain it was violating their privacy and ask that it be turned off.

  • 6. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    cadplan Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Well all I can say is that the N73 only spoke the number of my named contacts which is logical, it didn't try to speak any old phone numbers that called in because there would obviously be no point. No Nokia have it sussed, Apple just need to do the same.

    AJ

  • 7. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)

    Ok, I thought you were talking about it using caller ID to announce it like one of my home phones did.

     

    If you are only interested in your contacts being announced you could use custom ringtones, which most smartphones have gone to, rather than a computer voice attempting to pronounce the name (which would take some pretty smart programming with some contacts I have). You could create your own ringtones that just have the name of the contact, or a song or sound if you do not want their name announced in public, and assign them to each contact. It is pretty easy to do and once you catch up with your 100 contacts just do it each time you assign a contact.

     

    Someone here already posted that they had an LG 4500 that did this and being curious I asked around about phones that have this capability. My clearly small and unscientific sample found that people with some people with higher end non-smartphones had this capability but none of the smartphone owners did. Might be a feature that was included in a sound chip used by both Nokia and LG that is no longer used.

     

    You've done feedback, you can try the app someone suggested, you can make your own ringtones, or you could go back to an older phone that has this capability. BTW did you have an N97 or N73?

  • 8. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    cadplan Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    that sounds promising but how do you make custom ringtones? Can you simply record a spoken word with the mic?

  • 9. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)

    Yes. I used an iPod Classic with a microphone attachment to do mine but you could easily use your iMac, although I would buy a microphone. From there record it, use GarageBand to convert and save it, sync it to your iPhone and add it to the contact. Much easier than it sounds here, had a custom one from a script for my mother (you can find it on Mac|Life magazine website), my brother-in-law's was his Honda lawnmower starting, etc c

  • 10. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)

    Here are the ringtones: http://www.maclife.com/aug2009win

     

    Here's how to make them in GarageBand: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1358

     

    One big advantage of this is when you have contacts for someone who doesn't call often. So for Dan Tonn I don't have just his name, I have "Dan Tonn, Income Tax CPA".

  • 11. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    cadplan Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks for the info, I may give it a try but I run my own business so the idea of having to take time out and record all my clients names then mess around to get them on the iPhone is not too attractive. Apple could do it so easily. Incidentally I made an error with my Nokia, it's an N73, so Nokia have had this speak facility for a long time now!

  • 12. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)

    Doesn't really take that long and I am assuming you don't work 24/7.

     

    Actually probably not as easy as you think and not a feature found on smartphones, but you've done what you can. Or look for one of the non-smartphones that are out now that do have this feature.

  • 13. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    cadplan Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    thanks but it's not a good solution for me, it would mean constantly keying in manually to include new contacts. A better solution would be the facility to be able to use the iPhone microphone to record me speaking a name and then saving that as a ringtone in Contacts, still far from ideal but I'm not sure if the Iphone mic could be used.

  • 14. Re: can an iPhone speak the callers name?
    Michaelw352 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    That's nice to know Nokia has that feature and every phone has something unique,but unfotunatley,the Apple iPhone does not offer that through there operating system,but the iPhone does have a voice dial system which is great.Jailbreaking offers things that can interest you with what all your iDevice can do,but I don't think it's worth it.The best thing to do is to recommend the idea to apple and see what happens in the generations to come in new Apple mobile operating systems.Good Luck!

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