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Posted: May 26th 2009 1:07PM (Unverified) said

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Quite simple.

Voicemail.

Posted: May 26th 2009 1:27PM (Unverified) said

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I thought voicemail was for voicemail :)
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Posted: May 26th 2009 6:39PM (Unverified) said

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What about holding a meeting in SL? You have visualizing capabilities that go beyond your basic conference call, but then you have someone who can't get to a computer who wants to hear the discussion anyway and they can call in. Does this not work with group voice chat?

Posted: May 26th 2009 1:23PM Krystalle Voecks said

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I can see it being useful for those times when RL gets a hold of you and you don't find yourself near your computer. Traffic? Vacation? Late to a meeting? Need to relay info to friends in-world about a RL situation?

Just a thought.

Posted: May 26th 2009 1:28PM (Unverified) said

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As long as your friend is paying for Avaline and has given you their call-number.
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Posted: May 26th 2009 1:37PM Krystalle Voecks said

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Ah, then that's rather pointless if it's not just automatically connected to the world's voip servers. This is what Vivox is working on, so you could ostensibly call your guild if you're late to a raid, or want to touch base with them - and what I was originally considering. If both users have to have something special, -and- pay for it? I'm thinking this is more feasible in games like EVE, etc. instead.
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Posted: May 26th 2009 1:51PM (Unverified) said

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Wow factor.

To be the first to offer a phone number into a virtual world where you can phone in to a specific person (avatar)?

It seems to be about the technology, whether it's useful isn't really the question. Someone somewhere will find a use for it. Cell phones are not necessary, but they are convenient.

So I am a professor giving a lecture in-worl to my students scattaered across the planet in my virtual university classroom and my wfe needs to get a-hold of me. Or my boss, or my assistant or...whatever.

?

:)

It's about )Linden Lab) being first on the block to offer (apparently useful/needed/wanted) technology not known to be available anywhere else.

Well, that's my take on it.

I do remember last year's Linden lab survey to premium account holders all about this idea. I remember some of the questions asking the importance of this feature and what I thought (how strongly agree to strongly disagree) about it being free for premium account holders as a value-add and several other questions, including whether I'd be willing to pay for the service and how.

So this is something they've been working on and talking about (internally at least) for a couple years.

Okay - all just my own deductive reasoning. I could be so far off the mark I'll find myself floating away from the milke-way. :)

Posted: May 26th 2009 2:05PM (Unverified) said

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It could be useful if you regularly take voice calls for SL business, but don't want to give out your RL phone number to people...

... and you also have an irrational fear of Skype, or something.

So, uh, yeah. I dunno either.

Posted: May 26th 2009 2:10PM (Unverified) said

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Still, everyone calling you has to divulge their phone number.
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Posted: May 26th 2009 2:54PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Maybe you sit on SL all day and never want to run any other applications because SL takes up all of your memory. Now people can call you.

Then again... if SL is taking up all of your memory, you shouldn't be playing SL with graphics that high and you probably shouldn't be on voice chat. XD

I guess it really is all about the wow factor. Unless you have to call someone in-game to be like, "Hey, I'm going to be late to X event because I'm stuck in traffic," or something like that.

Posted: May 26th 2009 3:26PM (Unverified) said

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Sounds like basically a business line through Second Life. I am not sure how practical it really is. But if you are running an online business with a storefront in Second Life you can set up a "business line" without having to actually get a second phone line or cell phone. Perhaps large businesses with Second Life storefronts want to be able to have customers reach their in-game storefront directly. Not sure why I customer would want to speak with the in-game people as opposed to anyone else in the company.

Or it could be for people who live in their basement and don't get cell reception so their parents can call them when dinner is ready. :)

Posted: May 26th 2009 3:34PM (Unverified) said

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If you could channel the caller to a conference voice session in-world, then I could see a use for allowing those unable (or unwilling) to run Second Life to attend in-world meetings via a phone.

Otherwise, meh.

Posted: May 26th 2009 8:10PM (Unverified) said

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If a company or business person were to use Second Life as their main means of communication, they would probably topple in short order. I think you can file this type of service into "fluff", under the category of "What the fuck?!".

Posted: May 26th 2009 10:04PM shava said

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"Hi, Honey! Oh, yes, all those charges to this Linden Lab company on the credit card statement? They're a California software company. I've been logging a lot of minutes calling their tech support lately...."

I have to confess, my first thought was how people might use this to run "phone escort" services and such for folks who can't be there in pixels for the real virtual thing, and how that could be used to launder currency or anonymize business that people don't want to be clearly associated with (as providers or clients) through the Linden.

But then, part of my work is in computer security, and people pay me to think oddly about such things.

Posted: May 27th 2009 1:55AM (Unverified) said

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you know what is really odd about this is my mom's name is Avaline. I've never seen an Avaline before. My mom is 80. hehehe she'll be thrilled an app was named after her.

Posted: May 27th 2009 11:08AM (Unverified) said

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Maybe they think people get so into their role play that they refuse to stand up and walk over to the telephone when it rings?

Posted: May 28th 2009 10:51AM (Unverified) said

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Well, this reminds me of the huge and widely advertised Vodafone SL service that was introduced almost two years ago.
Does anybody remember it or know what happened to it?

Posted: Jul 11th 2009 2:19PM (Unverified) said

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Hey...why not outbound calls from secondlife into the real world? I know a guy that has realised this. You call from SL to any number world wide.
SL as UI for skype...cool stuff. And the rates are skype like.

Btw his technology allows not only SL->RL but also RL-> SL. A real immersive technology and maybe the next phone interface?

Oh yes, and conferencing could be made possible as well. So you could include SL participants AND RL participants without SL avatar (or offline) in conferences.
And that could be the real immersive killer app.

And it is not just a gadget. He already has a few hundred SL customers for his phone service.

Greets

CharlesDe Beaumont

Posted: Jul 11th 2009 3:09PM (Unverified) said

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Isn't that, essentially, Skype that you've described in essence? Seems to me that that specification doesn't benefit from having a virtual environment attached to it.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 1:03PM (Unverified) said

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Hi tateru,
You are basically right. But have you ever tried to do a product presentation just using skype?...hmmm....vor a simple videconference skype can be actually very good. but the virtual reality gives the possibility of real "touch and feel" meeting atmosphere.
i saw a prototype that had been imported into SL and you could walk around it, sit on it, use it...not possible with skype. (I use skype regularly for voice and video calls / conferences
Regards
Charlesd
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