£2.04 a month or £17.10 per year
If you're anything like me, you run your life on half scribbled Post-it notes and frequently hear yourself saying: "Bugger, I knew I forgot something." Enter reQall, an online life management tool and reminder service for helping us deal with the day-to-day chaos of our lives.
ReQall lets you create to-do lists, shopping lists and notes, set up reminders and share these items with others. There are plenty of similar applications out there already. Most mobile phones have a to-do list feature, but it's only available on that phone and can only remind you at a set time with a set alarm.
What makes reQall such a good service is the number of ways of inputting and accessing details, and receiving those all-important reminders. There are options for accessing reQall via voice, web, instant messaging, SMS and email, and there are custom applications available for the iPhone and BlackBerry, as well as an add-on for Firefox. You can even create an RSS feed of your items.
ReQall recently released a paid-for Pro version of its service, which adds a few extras such as the ability to receive reminders via SMS and, most importantly, to add locations to your items.
The tool can also integrate with your calendar. The standard version integrates directly only with iCal, which can then be linked through to Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook, but Pro users can have their reQall items linked directly into Google Calendar and into Outlook via a downloadable plug-in.
Instant messaging can be done through Yahoo, Google Talk, Jabber and AIM, but you can select only one of these even if you use several of them. Once you enter your IM user details into your reQall account, you can add reQall as a contact in your IM and then add and share items and get reminders.
Most of the interaction with reQall is based on keywords. The system recognises words like 'buy', 'send', 'note' and 'remind' to help categorise new entries, and it can also recognise most dates and related keywords.
It can take a while to get used to the different keywords and how to best structure sentences, but the entire set-up is pretty natural and I found myself up and running in no time.
ReQall is most accurate when dealing with text but, if you're driving or walking or just don't have access to a keyboard, there is option of voice interaction, allowing you to add new items or request a list of outstanding reminders.
You can enter up to five different phone numbers which will be recognised automatically and linked to your account if you call from one of those numbers. You can also select a six-digit security PIN if you want to access the service from other phones. For some strange reason, if you have set up a PIN you'll have to enter it every time, even if you call from a registered number.
To call the service, there are several numbers for the UK, the US and Canada. The UK has a normal 0207 number as well as a toll-free 0800 number, although this is still charged from mobile phones.