The great thing about boundaries is that they force people to think of clever ways to overcome them. Take for example SpinVox, a technology company that turns voice messages into text and is now targeting US travellers, who are currently prohibited from using cellular-based voice services during flight.
With SpinVox, passengers can continue to receive their voice messages via email in a data-only environment and respond via email while in the air or additionally by voice and SMS text once on the ground.
The service is shockingly simple to use. Yep. I tried it. It took me just seconds to set up. Shortly after leaving a voicemail on my cell, the following e-mail arrived in my inbox (okay, I could have been a bit cleverer about my message to me).
You received a new voicemail from +17176261456:
"Hello Mary, this is a test. Let's see if it works."
- spoken through SpinVox
Unless and until the Federal Communications Commission - and Congress - come to their senses about the in-flight use of mobile phones, SpinVox is a handy dandy way to at least receive one's voicemails.