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Cam Hunt
@camh · iOS dev since it was called iPhone OS
I've spent the last year working on this. I'm so incredibly proud of the work we have done. I'm so lucky to work with Lauren and Austen, and I'm so excited for the future of Listen. My Listen number is (503) 360-9780. Text me!
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Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
Hi Product Hunt-ers, I’ve spent the last eight years working on text and voice products. We launched Listen today, our solution to the many ways our current phone numbers fail us. I hope you get as excited as I am when you try Listen. Thanks!
Neekunj@neekunjnshah
will there be international launch? i an based in india so will it support indian numbers in near future?
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@neekunjnshah We hope!
Soufian Malih@malihsoufian · Founder & product @ https://haash.io
@laurenleto fantastic! Can you please add one feature that everyday i wish my phone had?: Status. Basically I'll set my status to "meeting", for example, so that incoming calls from my inner circle receive an auto-responder, kind of "Soufian is in a meeting"
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@malihsoufian Yup! That's how auto-response works–we've been thinking about renaming it to 'Busy mode' though–status is also good!
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@malihsoufian Oooo but I like that inner circle twist...GREAT idea
Soufian Malih@malihsoufian · Founder & product @ https://haash.io
@laurenleto Awesome! Glad you like it. My wife sometimes worry when i'm not responding. that will help :)
Nathan Sudds@nathansudds · Founder,ActiveLabs & Coach, Coach.me
@laurenleto The question that I'm hoping you'll be answering with a yes is... can I receive a security verification text message from services like Google or whoever uses text to send a code to verify. The current virtual number services I use have this problem -- if you can fix that, I think a lot of people would be interested! All the other features you … See more
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@nathansudds Google works (just did this AM). Chase bank seems weird. Apple does not work. I learned this hard way and had to search everywhere for my RK after I ported my personal number to Listen. All other services I use work for text verification.
Nathan Sudds@nathansudds · Founder,ActiveLabs & Coach, Coach.me
@laurenleto Thanks for sharing your experience, Google is a good start --- I haven't needed Apple or Chase, I'm trying to remember the other services that I've struggled with before getting the text. I could get around it with Google by having them call with the code, but text is preferred and a lot of services don't have the call with code option. If I … See more
Uriel Rodríguez@urielo · Product Manager - Juum
@neekunjnshah @laurenleto Not available in Mexico numbers :(
Emilio Ramirez Eguia@emiliorami · Co-Founder & Ops, SOMOS
@neekunjnshah @urielo I second that... need support for numbers in Mexico =D
Jonah Price@jyonah · Just a guy who knew Ryan before SF
@laurenleto Lauren! Psyched to see you launching something again! (I miss the old days on bnter.) I know you just launched, but whats the timeline look like for an android app? :D
Nick O'Neill@allnick · CEO, Holler Inc.
@laurenleto Hey Lauren. I'm assuming you are using Twilio here. How are you covering the ridiculous costs of messaging and calls? What happens if you run out of money?
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@allnick We <3 Twilio and we're willing to invest the money because we believe it'll make us the money. However–if we ever got to point where we had to shut down, we'd allow users to port out their numbers. We're already working on tools to ease in porting phone numbers between carriers, GV and Listen. Part of our mission as a 'better phone number' is t… See more
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@jyonah Thank you! Not by end of year but hopefully early next year <3 Hope you're well!
Nick O'Neill@allnick · CEO, Holler Inc.
@laurenleto "Porting" is different than "forwarding", right? I just generated a new number with you guys. So should it shut down and I move over contacts that I used with your service I cannot "merge" them into my existing one. Sorry for all the questions. I wanted to offer a service tangential to this in the past but the costs were prohibitive. I want it… See more
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@allnick Yeah, porting is WAY different than forwarding. They are not even related. With porting–you own the phone number. You take it with you wherever you go. You can easily 'merge' it to a different phone service. GoogVoice lets you have two GV numbers. If your contacts are connected to you via a phone number and you can take that phone number anywhere–… See more
Taylor Hook@hook_taylor
@nathansudds @laurenleto The issue around verification is that they purposely lookup VoIP and Virtual numbers, then block those numbers as they are the most prevalent in malicious attacks on the app or platform. Not likely going to work universally for all services.
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@hook_taylor @nathansudds Totally, but hopefully we can prove legitimacy to point where it does work? For example, Google Voice is an accepted 'carrier' to receive verification codes from Apple.
James Hill-Khurana@jtvhk · Building things.
@laurenleto @hook_taylor @nathansudds Also, Twilio numbers can't usually receive shortcodes, which Apple, Twitter, and others use to send verification codes. :(
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Texting or calling a traditional phone number is still the best way to get in touch with someone (if you know their number) but it's still trapped in old tech. Love the idea of wrapping a phone number within an app to give people more control and features, but continue to support traditional means of communication for those that don't have the app (yet). H… See more
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@rrhoover woo! good insight. text ya later :)
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@laurenleto LOVE the auto-response feature. When will group texting be supported?
Parker Woodward@parkerwoodward
@rrhoover Your crazy for posting your number... Good thing Listen has auto-response When will it have call block for spam calls??!!! See more
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@parkerwoodward @rrhoover If you use Listen we have a default setting where contacts ring your phone 'like normal' (read: full screen) and people who are NOT in your contact book ring your phone as push notifications. So spam calls are in no way as intrusive when you're on your phone–plus you can mute them afterward and never see a call from that number agai… See more
Parker Woodward@parkerwoodward
@laurenleto That's cool...just hard to ignore all the robo calls, you can mute 1,000 and still get just as many calls, would be nice to mute one and then label as a robo call so other Listen users would benefit...food for thought :)
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@rrhoover Group texting is only a Listen-to-Listen user feature. We wanted to launch focusing on our 'phone service' features (so, Listen user texting or calling a 'non' Listen user) and now we'll be adding in our more 'social messenging app' features. These include: group texting, self-deletion on texts, end-to-end encryption, and adding messages to calls (… See more
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@parkerwoodward YES! we've definitely been thinking about this–quality of contact. If X amount of people on Listen have muted/ignored/never talked to that number more than X minutes–we can say with high confidence that it's spam. Carriers have no incentive to protect you from spam because more texts+calls=more $ for them.
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@parkerwoodward and this point about carriers is totally messed up and unfair and the exact reason why we want to take over phone numbers
Parker Woodward@parkerwoodward
@laurenleto it's definitely tough to take over someones phone number...but once you do its yours...and a feature like this for spam calls would absolutely push me over the edge...and shove fistfulls of dollars into your hands :)
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@parkerwoodward you can go into settings on iphone and forward calls to your listen #–so people call your personal number and it rings via Listen–it won't be a cure (yet) but it'll definitely help a lot (a lot of our beta testers did this)
Ram Srinivasan@ram_srinivasan
@laurenleto @parkerwoodward These features already exist as part of Truecaller - which has a robust, constantly updated database.
Parker Woodward@parkerwoodward
@ram_srinivasan @laurenleto Sorry Ram...I tired Truecaller, it didn't work for me
Mark M. Whelan FRSA@markmwhelan · Founder, Rapid Reasoning LLC
@rrhoover I am sure Tim Ferris would love this....
Ram Srinivasan@ram_srinivasan
@parkerwoodward @laurenleto Not sure why. It has worked wonderfully in both Android and iOS devices for me.
Cam Hunt
Maker
@camh · iOS dev since it was called iPhone OS
I've spent the last year working on this. I'm so incredibly proud of the work we have done. I'm so lucky to work with Lauren and Austen, and I'm so excited for the future of Listen. My Listen number is (503) 360-9780. Text me!
Joel Wish@joelwish · Founder @ Simple Contacts
This is so dope. Have thought for years this should exist and finally someone made it. Looks beautiful too!
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@joelwish Thanks! Most of our design work has been done by @camh–he's a triple threat: iOS, design, +drinking :)
Eric Friedman@ericfriedman · Head of Expa Labs
Working alongside the Listen team for the past 6 months, I am very excited for today's launch. I put my Listen # on my biz card and the idea of managing a phone number like a social stream makes a lot more sense in 2016 than the traditional carrier way that acts like a pop up when your phone rings.
Lauren Leto
Maker
@laurenleto · SELF
@ericfriedman thanks, E ROCK