My name is Andy Carvin, and I’m director of a project called the Digital Divide Network (www.digitaldivide.net). I’ve been trying to find an open source voicemail tool that would allow a person to call a telephone number, leave a voicemail, and have it posted to their blog as an MP3 file. (I’ve been calling this idea “mobcasting” for lack of a better way to describe it.) I’m very interested in the use of mobile phones as a way to post podcasts, and have been experimenting with tools that do this, like audlink.com and audioblogger.com. Unfortunately, both of these tools require you to call a long distance number for it to work. So I’ve started exploring open source pbx tools that can be installed on a local server anywhere in the world, so people can post voicemail podcasts with a local telephone number.
So my question to you is this: is Asterisk a potential tool for doing this? Has anyone developed a plug-in of some kind for asterisk that would allow a person to record voicemails and have them ftped and posted to a blog?
Even if the answer is no, I’d love to meet up with programmers who might want to take a crack at making this work. Unfortunately I’m not a programmer, so a lot of the technical details are over my head, which is why I need to find some people who know what they’re talking about.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.