[JMP-news] Multilingual Transcriptions and Better Voicemail Greetings

singpolyma denver at soprani.ca
Wed Jul 27 18:02:13 UTC 2022

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the latest edition of your pseudo-monthly https://jmp.chat update!

In case it's been a while since you checked out JMP, here's a refresher: JMP 
lets you send and receive text and picture messages (and calls) through a 
real phone number right from your computer, tablet, phone, or anything else 
that has a Jabber client.  Among other things, JMP has these features: Your 
phone number on every device; Multiple phone numbers, one app; Free as in 
Freedom; Share one number with multiple people.

As foreshadowed last month, the new voicemail transcription engine is now 
live for all customers who have transcription enabled (which it is by 
default).  This should improve speed and accuracy, and bring support for 
many more languages to the system.  Let us know if you notice any issues 
with the new transcriptions.

 From the beginning of the voicemail system we have supported a default 
text-to-speech greeting if a custom one is not set.  The name used in this 
greeting is sourced from the customer's legacy vCard if they have one set 
up.  We now also support modern vCard4 and PEP Nickname specifications to 
get this data, which should result in it working for many more people with 
many more clients.  Check the voicemail FAQ (https://jmp.chat/faq#voicemail) 
for details.

Many new JMP customers are also new to Jabber in general, and so our signup 
process usually suggests one or more free-to-use volunteer-run Jabber 
services that one can sign up with to get a working Jabber ID.  These 
services are best-effort by volunteers, and this month one of the ones most 
popular with our customers experienced an extended outage.  The best 
protection you can have against any kind of outage at your Jabber service is 
to have your Jabber ID be attached to a DNS name you control.  With or 
without your own name, we also include the option for any JMP customer to 
get an instance hosted by Snikket at no extra charge.  Please contact 
support if you have any questions about this.

To learn what's happening with JMP between newsletters, here are some ways 
you can find out:

* The chatroom (xmpp:discuss at conference.soprani.ca?join) remains the heart of the community.  You can also join from your web browser: https://anonymous.cheogram.com/discuss@conference.soprani.ca or from Matrix: https://matrix.to/#/#_bifrost_discuss_conference.soprani.ca:aria-net.org
* The blog (https://blog.jmp.chat), where you may be reading this. Can also be followed in a client like Movim: https://blog.jmp.chat/b/subscribe-using-movim
* The Lemmy Community: https://lemmy.ml/c/sopranica
* The Subreddit: https://reddit.com/r/sopranica
* On Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMP_chat

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of your week!

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