Elertify and Blurts have been two software that both use a pc and your BlackBerry, but work very differently. Blurts works with Bluetooth and Elertify works with usb connection. This review is covering Elertify only. Â Elertify will alert you who is texting, emailing, or calling you with text to speech on your pc!
The basic step is you install Elertify on your Windows PC and your BlackBerry so that when they are usb connected, the messages will come through. Elertify has the following description:
Do you work with your BlackBerry and a PC?
Now you can preview messages while you work on your PC with Elertify!
Elertify can display a popup message on your PC when you receive incoming Email, SMS and Phone calls on your BlackBerry. You can even hear who’s calling, texting, or emailing you by using the built voice synthesizer!
Elertify lets you choose which types of messages you want to receive: Email, SMS or phone calls.
You can set the popup display time and whether you want the voice synthesizer or a ringtone to play when you receive a message. You might even turn off the popups altogether and just listen to the voice synthesizer.
NEW! Elertify now supports sending and replying to Email, SMS, and PIN messages right from your PC! Just click on the popup message or select “Send Message” from the Elertify tray icon.
NEW! Download premium voices for use with Elertify with high quality voice synthesis!
Now you won’t have to look at your BlackBerry unless you really want to.
Forget about complicated Bluetooth configurations that drain your battery!
Elertify works via the USB cable and is for the PC only. Just plug it in an you’re good to go!
You must install both the BlackBerry and Windows software to use Elertify.
If you use your PC a lot, you need Elertify!
This is the description:
NEW! Send Email, SMS and PIN Messages from your PC!
NEW! Use Cepstral premium voices!
Popup Message with Sender & Subject
Voice Synthesizer or Ringtones
USB Auto Connect Option
Auto Run at Startup
Save Time – Stop checking your Berry
USB cable Charges your BlackBerry
No complicated Bluetooth setup
It’s cool – impress your friends!
Stay on top of your messages
Push Technology is fast!
I downloaded and installed this application to my BlackBerry Tour 9630 and my Dell Inspiron 1521 with Vista Home Premium. The download to the pc is easy in a zip file. You have to extract the files and then you can install. Click on the Windows file in the Elertify file, and click ElertifySetUp and you’re on your way. The easiest thing to do after this is to open your doc file in the Elertify file and open the BlackBerry doc and go to the download site it directs you to. Note: The address on the doc is wrong, it’s Elertify.com not Elertify for the jad download.
Download the app, install, and restart the phone and behold the app is working. You can have it start at startup, or AutoConnect. I choose AutoConnect, but not start at startup because I only have my phone near the pc when I’m home. I can’t at work. Â You need to start the app, click the end call button to get out, but do not close out of the app, or it will not connect to the pc. I plug my BlackBerry to my PC with the usb cord and it finds and connects. Now I put the app to work.
When my friends texted me, the voice came across: message from and it states either the name or phone number, and reads the text. Chris however is pronounced Chreese. But it all worked great. My email, it read who it was from and the subject. It worked great. I would like to see this app someday work with the messenger, since many of us BlackBerry dependents love our Â BlackBerry messenger. You can answer messages using the Elertify as well from your pc through your BlackBerry.
I can see a lot of advantages this product has for those who spend a lot of time hooked to their pc. You can decide what you need to put on priority from your phone.
Cons: The Application does not support messengers. However for the price, it’s very inexpensive and it does cover what it says. You can use other voices, but you must purchase the alternative voices.
Pros: Your messages are read to you so that if you’re busy working away, you can decide if it’s important or not, know what the text is about and who’s sending it. You don’t have to look at your phone every time it vibrates or buzzes. Â You could leave your BlackBerry on silent profile and still know who’s messaging you. Know who’s calling, emailing, pinning, and texting you without ever looking away from your pc. Being connected USB is secure as well, compared to Bluetooth technology. Plus you can keep you can keep your phone charged or charge it at the same time. That’s nice.
Overall, I really think for the price, and what it does, this application is a great asset. Especially since it’s on sale, the normal price is $5.99, but for a limited time (till Nov 30th) it will be on sale in the BlackBerry Sync Store for a whole $4.99. You also have a free trial, so there’s no reason not to at least try it. other than you don’t have a pc.
You can grab your copy of Elertify for $4.99 until Nov 30th, from the BlackBerry Sync Store here >
Compatible with OS: 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 touch and non-touch
Compatible with BlackBerry Devices:Â 71xx series, 81xx Pearl series, 82xx Pearl Flip series, 83xx Curve series, 85xx Curve series, 87xx series, 88xx World series, 89xx Curve series, 9000 (Bold), 9500 (Storm), 95xx Storm and Storm2 Series, 9630/9650 (Tour), 9700 (Bold)