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axus

join:2001-06-18
Washington, DC

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reply to FastLearner

Re: $1.50 a min?

I think they are paying a person to translate the message. I can see how it's expensive, though $0.50 per minute should be plenty. If it's done with computer voice, it should be much cheaper.

patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
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said by axus:

I think they are paying a person to translate the message. I can see how it's expensive, though $0.50 per minute should be plenty. If it's done with computer voice, it should be much cheaper.

The relay operator is always a human, never software. The service would be impossible to use if it was software due to accents, bad/noisy landline phone or bitrobbed mobiles, asking the RO if they reached a male or female on the other end, etc.

FastLearner

join:2003-09-14
Arvada, CO

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That make more sense. I figured it was a machine translation.

equivocal

join:2008-01-23
USA

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reply to patcat88
It must be pretty obvious to the humans that 80-90% of their work is facilitating spam. What a demoralizing job. I guess they get into a mode where they don't think about the content. Data entry jobs get like that, and the guy who claimed to transcribe Morse code while reading novels.