Jott tightens the screws

So we’ve written about Jott before.  Back when it was free, it was a great little service.  You could voice dial Jott, and leave a voice memo that would be transcribed and emailed – to you or anyone in your contacts list.

Excellent for those of you who still live and die by email, but you could also send the transcribed note to Twitter, or a blog. 

Just recently they left free beta and started charging for most of the most useful features.  Here is an article describing the transition.  I actually won’t be signing up, though, because I’m one of those “common and ridiculous” Scotsmen who still likes to be pelted with free stuff.

As for the business model?  It seems like cell carriers could implement the same features for competitive advantage and: pfffft – Jott not.

Jott’s Move From Free to Premium – Bait and Switch or Good Business? – ReadWriteWeb

As you can imagine, they overcame significant challenges along the way. While many users understand that Jott has to put food on the table, there were users who were shocked that a company dare ask for money. Personal note: this is both a common and ridiculous sentiment that has grown as more “free” things pelt us, but that is a conversation for another day.

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Published in: on September 17, 2008 at 1:59 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. […] Assembla Tightens the Screws So it seems that Assembla has decided that it really needs to make a buck or two (per user per month).  I hate it when a really good free service goes over to the dark side.  […]

  2. […] Assembla Tightens the Screws So it seems that Assembla has decided that it really needs to make a buck or two (per user per month).  I hate it when a really good free service goes over to the dark side.  […]

  3. […] A free alternative to Jott at Dial2Do There is a new post over a TechCrunch where they catch on about the demise of Jott.  That’s old news. […]

  4. […] is snapped up Jott, which was a good service when it was free, is being acquired by Nuance Communications.   Very few details about the deal are listed in […]


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