Irvine, CA-based startup Drumbi is today launching its new iPhone and Android app that wants to revolutionize the phone call. With Drumbi you’re now able to specify the topic of a phone call, as well as the location from which you’re calling before you place it. You can also designate the urgency of your call, so that when the recipient answers they’re well aware of the context and other relevant information you would have had to explain anyway. (via Drumbi: Reinventing phone calls by giving them a subject line - TNW Apps)
I like the notion of contextualizing phone calls with metadata, and tying that to the life stream.
Revolutionary? I like new features for phone calls (okay, I hate voice/phone, but bear with me) but revolutionize? I’ve had subject and also rich metadata for calls with Lync (formerly Office Communicator) for years. That didnt make a phone call annoying. And Skype chats escalated to voice more or less have meta data. So tell me how this revolutionizes the call?
Make voice asynch, that would change it. Add reliable video from a mobile (Skype sort of does, FaceTime fails mostly). Make voice more group-oriented, eg integrate with FourSquare.