With virtual communication becoming more and more popular, a lot of first-time meetings actually occur through email. As a result, phone numbers are typically given out in the message body or the sender’s signature. Previously, calling somebody you’ve only spoken to through email would involve combing through emails to find the number. However, a new startup called Morse has just released a product to remedy this inconvenience.

Morse will solve this potential issue by automatically searching your email account for phone numbers and adding them to your contact list. These means that the majority of the people you email with will be very accessible should you want to call them. At the moment, the service will only work for Gmail accounts due to its friendliness towards developers.

It’s a rather simple service to set up. All you do is give Morse access to your Gmail account, and it will do the rest. You can obviously have all of the data synced with your mobiles device so you can always have access to your numbers. Alex Blom, founder of Morse, says “I founded Morse because I’d always need to call a colleague, or a client as I’m running late, and would realize I’d never saved their data,”

Blom goes on to explain “I’d then spend 10 minutes scanning old e-mails trying to find where the phone number was mentioned. My habit of never manually saving data wasn’t going to change, so I needed a tool that did it for me”. This concept is actually not entirely new, but it is unique in the fact Morse will generally produce information that is considered more private.

Blom stresses that no data from your email account is stored so you won’t have to worry about privacy issues. He also says that they are hoping to get the service functioning on more platforms sooner rather than later.

Brendan Lynch
Brendan has been a technology writer for several publications and has published articles on several platforms. His true love is Android however. When he's not writing, he's busy working towards his Music Performance degree and using Android every step of the way!
  • Ok service is good idea but doesnt work and twitter account od stopped support. Thats sad

  • th3d

    Problem with this is that it will save numbers of irrelevant people, including customer support somewhere in Moscow or Siberia for that API we once bought. No thanx, its really no problem to add relevant and important contacts manually, and the chance of me doing that from an email is close to zero.

    Is it just me or does anyone else find it so outdated to use email privately? Thats like 10 years ago, in the late 1990ies and early 2000nds it was almost cool to give people your email adress, but now? I nearly never ever check my private emails, waste of time, i think last time was early october or late september. Communication happens in facebook, sms, phone and Viber, why on earth would i want to email the guys to have a bottle of brandy or 3? Not gonna happen. With the shift from computers to mobile devices email is gonna become more and more obsolete, its already down to the level where it could be described as “something boring that adults use at their boring work to communicate with boring people”.

    • Justin W

      I check my personal email on a daily basis because I’m very active in several online communities and forums, in addition to always looking for something to make my home computer build just a little bit better at a good price. In fact, I know several people who do similar things. I’ll admit, though, I’ve never given my email to someone and said “email me”, and I won’t because text is so much easier and quicker. I think this has more of a corporate target than a consumer target.

  • Aj

    Nah, im good without it!!