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I don’t have Siri because I don’t have an iPhone 4s.   I don’t plan on getting an iPhone 4s just because I don’t have Siri -I’m going to wait until the next “big” iPhone release… I do, however, have the need to schedule appointments into my Apple Calendar via voice with my iPhone 4 AND THAT, in my experience, is fairly difficult to do without Siri…  I’ve been using a relatively simple solution that I didn’t think was so innovative, but every time somebody witnesses me using it they seem impressed; so, I’m going to pass along how I’m accomplishing this as a post here at MusTech.Net.

Vlingo (A Siri competitor) does a number of amazing things, but adding an appointment to your built-in calendar(s) is not one of them.  I also do not jail-break my iPhones (for a number of reasons) so I can’t use any of the off-the-market apps such as Sara either…

Here is the list of what you need to implement my solution with Vlingo:

  1. an iPhone
  2. Vlingo  (FREE iPhone app)
  3. a dedicated Gmail (or other non-used) e-mail account
The following is my solution, using the Vlingo app, to “voice” schedule an appointment:
  1. Add the new e-mail (dedicated for calendar) to your iPhone in the Mail Settings
  2. Create a contact, “ME”, on your iPhone and add your newly created e-mail account to the contact
  3. Use Vlingo to e-mail yourself an appointment in this way (Touch “Press & Speak” on the Vlingo app to start):
    EMAIL “ME”, SUBJECT “Administration Appointment”, MESSAGE “July 30th 2012 4:00 p.m.”
    *You need to say the above “message” with little pause or interruption…
  • Vlingo will now e-mail your dedicated Gmail account the appointment.  The subject text (above) will be  “administration appointment” and the message itself will become a CLICKABLE/TOUCHABLE TIME and DATE stamp.
  • Now, simply touch the link and you will be prompted to create an EVENT with the SUBJECT TEXT  automatically appearing as the TITLE of the EVENT and the START/ENDS times correctly filled-in.  Voila! –a pretty smooth alternative.

As another note, I have my main e-mail accounts turned off in the “Fetch New Data” section of the ADVANCED e-mail settings (i.e. I manually retrieve the e-mail from those accounts).  The exception to this is my calendar specific e-mail account.  I have this set to fetch/push those e-mails/messages to me every hour.  In this way,  I can be prompted to input (and remember) my e-mail appointments into my calendar.

Perhaps it’s not the best solution out there for non-Siri and/or non-jail-broken iPhones, but it is working well for me.  I welcome your thoughts on an alternative, better way, and/or other solutions for freely scheduling voice appointments with the pre-iPhone 4s’ in the comment section below.  Also, if this solution works for you too, I would love to know.


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