Listen to email handsfree - Australian road rules on mobile phones and driving

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Q: How does it fit with mobile phone driving laws in Australia?

A: In Australia mobile phones must either be operated entirely hands-free or placed in a commercially-manufactured cradle if you want to place a call, or use the phone as a navigation or other aid. An email reader is not really an aid so we recommend Speaking Email be used in a hands-free manner in Australia.


See more info on the Australian road rules regarding mobile phones


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There are a couple of settings and preferences you may like to switch on if for best handsfree usage. 

  • Preference - Read next email automatically (already on by default)
  • Preference - Finish when reply detected (this skips to the next email when the end of the email is reached, including the start of a reply or forward thread or an email signature)
  • Account Setting - Play unplayed emails first (this means it will not read out the same email again ever - it will read out new emails or any emails you have not previously listened to)
  • Account Setting - Mark as Read when speaking (you may wish to turn this on to mark any emails you've listened to as "read" on your mail server - many people like to have them still unread when they get to their desk but its up to you)

What is Speaking Email?

An app for iPhone and Android that reads your email out loud to you. It intelligently extracts content from emails (minus the signatures, disclaimers and threads). And it lets you action your email - archive, mark-as-read, trash, flag, reply, or forward. It can be completely by voice command, or use the large on-screen buttons or full screen touch gestures.


Who is it for?

People with blindness or visual impairment. People who are busy and run out of time to get through their inbox. People who want to make productive use of time when driving between appointments.


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