Dial2Do: Hands-Free E-Mail, Texting, and More

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It's a proven fact: texting while driving is insanely dangerous. Same goes for reading e-mail, updating your Facebook or Twitter status, and so on. Do yourself--and your fellow drivers--a favor and keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.

Easier said than done, right? Actually, no: If you use Dial2Do, all the aforementioned activities are easily said and done. This amazing service lets you send text messages, listen to e-mail, add appointments to your calendar, and plenty more, all using just your voice.

Start by signing up for a free account so you can get a feel for how Dial2Do works. How it works is like this: Add the special Dial2Do number to your speed-dial, then call it when you want to do something.

If that something is, say, send a text message to Bill, you simply wait for the prompt and say, "Send a text message to Bill." Wait for the next prompt, then say what you want to say. When you're done, Dial2Do will transcribe your words into text and send them on their SMS way.

You can do likewise with e-mail, though in addition to composing messages, Dial2Do lets you listen to those you've received. It also works with a variety of third-party services: You can dictate Facebook/Twitter updates, add appointments to your Google Calendar, send a note to Evernote, listen to local weather, and on and on.

All this happens entirely hands-free. Besides safety, there's another perk: If your phone lacks a keyboard, you'll find that dictating text messages is a lot easier than pecking them out on a numeric keypad.

If you haven't tried Dial2Do, you're missing out. The aforementioned free account limits you to creating personal reminders (which are delivered to you via e-mail), but it comes with a 30-day trial of a Pro account. That's what you'll need for all the really cool stuff.

Dial2Do Pro costs $3.99 per month or $39.99 if you prepay for a year. I typically prefer free stuff, but this is one service worth paying for. Give it a try and see if you don't agree.

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