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Tagging your voice with NearSpeak for Windows Phone 8

NearSpeak is an interesting Near Field Communication (NFC) app for your Windows Phone 8 device that lets you record voice messages and store them on NFC tags.

There are a couple of neat aspects to NearSpeak. First, NFC tags typically lack the storage space to hold audio files. To record your voice, NearSpeak uses speech recognition to convert your spoken word into text. When played back, the text on the NFC tag is converted back to audio through NearSpeak's speech files.

The other neat thing is that messages can be automatically translated to the recipient's Windows Phone language. You'll need to purchase the NearSpeak translation packs and these packs range from $1.99 for 100 translated tags up to $4.99 for 350 translations. The cost is to help cover the web service used for the translation.

The only downside (and it's hard to call it a downside) is that you have NearSpeak installed on your Windows Phone to listen to the messages. If you happen to not have NearSpeak installed, the tag will send your Windows Phone to the Windows Phone Store where you can download the free app and listen to the message.

I can see NearSpeak coming in handy if you need to leave voice messages for your kids, wife or significant other when a hand written note won't cut it. It could be an easy way to leave business notes to colleagues or just as a reminder to yourself.

NearSpeak is a neat app that highlights the capabilities NFC brings to our Windows Phone and was the 1st runner up in the Lumia Geek 8-Week Challenge (opens in new tab) a few months ago.

Again, NearSpeak is a free app for your Windows Phone 8 device that you can find here (opens in new tab) in the Windows Phone Store.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

17 Comments
  • when is instagraph coming out?!
    please answer!!!!!! 
  • When moon blocks the sun.
  • cool, thanks. lol
  • When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east.
  • No answer here, dude, you were at the wrong spot......................
  • We have just had a good demonstration of a really great app, and all you can talk about is instragrap?.
  • When there are 2 Mondays in the same week.
  • I see many uses for this app. Leaving messages for the wife or kids when I'm out and can't contact them when I want.
  • Cross platform?
  • I could be wrong, but cross platform data transfers are not available with WP's NFC. So I don't think that will work.
  • Cross platform text transfer however... Could see this being possible already
  • I'd use this for "fun" things like a clue in a scavenger hunt or recording my WiFi password! :) For leaving messages in regular day to day life, I'd likely opt just to send it to their phone as an MMS. Otherwise, you need to write a note to tell them to tap the tag.
  • It would be fun for a treasure hunt, or ads / other commercial purposes, but for leaving a message the family - heytell. Hmmm, maybe you could use it to leave voice directions on how to cook something you put in the freezer...some very neat possibilities
  • Neat but useless. Use a Post-It Note.
  • Pretty good app, i dont agree with it being useless. If you don't have a post note? i have tags in my car\house on my work bag.
  • Pretty good if u want to leave secret message and u must use windows phone to open it
    I give 9/10 for this app
  • Where do I buy tags?