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There's an abundance of websites offering remote interpreting services, over the telephone or VoIP.

See for instance:

These are just for illustration. I'm not affiliated with any of them and have not tried their services.

Before I do that I'd be interested to know what the community on this site thinks of such services, and whether professionals with the requisite accreditation are likely to sell their services remotely through websites of the sort.

asked 23 Jan '12, 19:23

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To me Babelverse is the one I'm most reluctant about. They started saying that through the internet they could provide interpreters instantly for catastrophe situations, such as 3.11 in Japan. And interpreters would get paid. But they they launched interpretation over the net for the state of the union speech where interpreters all over the world volunteered to do it. Since it was 3 am my time I could not listen in, but that whole thing sort of got me VERY suspicious to their objectives.

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answered 04 Apr '12, 02:37

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...I don't really know 1st hand, Vincent, I've never worked for or used any :-)... I do think there definitely is a place for them, locally unavailable exotic languages and dialogue/community interpreting spring to mind... but my spies tell me it's same old, same old, ie agencies trying to make most of their buck by putting a downward pressure on what they pay service providers as opposed to adding value. Cloud-based CI... that's another matter, I don't really think that ship has come into port yet... and probably shouldn't, for that matter. A FR company was in touch with me a couple of years ago and I was very unconvinced ;-). Am looking forward to replies to this one, though :-).

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