I stopped using this when Google Now became useful on my phone, and I could dictate reminders using it.
I found a way a while ago to use Google Voice to record a personal note, transcribe it, and email it to me. A recent Lifehacker post "Five Things We'd Like to See in Google Voice" lists that need as their #5 request, so I realized what I'd figured out is not common knowledge.
- In GV's Contacts, create a Group "Special Transcription"
- To avoid listening to my standard voice mail when I call, I recorded a short voice mail greeting for this group simply saying "Record note now"
- I added a contact with my own cell phone number as the only number, and made it the sole member of this group.
- In GV's phone settings, I edited the settings for my cell phone. In the section "Direct access to voicemail when calling your Google number from this phone?" I set it to No.
Updated: You have to click "Show Advanced Settings" link to see "Direct Access to Voice Mail" - Thanks @corgimas and @Daniel.
Update #2: Some people report not seeing this. I created a screenshot of where mine is.
Now I just called my own Google Voice number from my cell phone and it answers, says "Record Note Now" and beeps. I record my note and hangup. Google Voice transcribes the message, and from the settings I previously set in my Google Voice, emails me the note. And with the filters I setup in GMail, the transcription is forwarded to Evernote for me. I described how to do that in a previous blog post.
This is really handy while you drive. I previously had Jott for this, but when they switched to a paid model, I couldn't justify even their minor monthly cost for this. If I commuted by car daily, I'd probably re-think that and be able to justify their cost.