Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hello Mr. Cruise...

Dear Vonage,

Your voicemail to text service is the bomb. I absolutely love it. For someone who has a case of teletitis, being able to check my voicemails from my email is just amazing.

However.

Your voice-to-text transcriptions of my last name have been less than accurate. I know I don't have a nice Anglo name like Smith or Jones, but really... Truong is a very common name. At least 27,000 Americans have this last name. That's around the same number of Americans who have the last name Hilton. It's more popular in the United States than Quincy (a name you transcribed correctly) and VanHook (another name you transcribed correctly).

Hmmm...

In the meantime, we've been very amused with our new names...

Hello Mr. Cruise...


This is just a reminder Mrs. Strong...




Your prescription is ready John Fruit....


Mrs. Smart, I need to speak to you (why, thank you!)...



Mr. Ron, I would like to speak to you regarding...


Yes. This are all transcriptions we have received. Thanks, Vonage for keeping us entertained. But, please remember to look outside the Western heritage to find your transcriptions for names. I'm tried of being a Scientologist... or edible.

This post was brought to you by Mama Kat's weekly writing prompt.  I think I was supposed to write a poem or something about the last person I spoke to on the phone, but since I don't actually like to talk on the phone, I wrote a letter to Vonage instead!

Mama’s Losin’ It

3 comments:

Diane said...

Too funny! I have a long hyphenated last name. I'm sure Vonage would have some interesting translations for me!

Simoney said...

Hahaha that's very funny!
We don't have a Vonage (or similar) service here in New Zealand but I am with you, in that I hate talking on the phone!
Wondering what my name would be transcribed as by such a service...
Hi Someone your car is ready to be picked up...
Hey Salmon wanna do coffee...

Could be a scream!
x

(Great post; oh and thanks for visiting my Brussels Sprouts post x)

Missus Wookie said...

Fun letter and I like your new IDs :)

I have similar problems with real people and my name... no idea what they'd end up with.

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