Visual Voicemail w/OUT an iPhone - there's an app for that
Aug 17, 2009
The voicemail roll in. There's one from my mom. There's that telemarketer or is that a bill collector? My boss want something and WOAH, that girl is calling me back. Do I really want to listen to all of these in the order that they came in? The answer is no and I don't have to, thanks to YouMail.
When the iPhone came out, Visual Voicemail was the biggest thing that they brought to the table. I quickly hit the Internet and found out that there are 3rd party companies offering to upgrade the voicemail service offered by your phone company. I chose YouMail and here's what I think.
ANY Phone, ANYwhere Access to your voicemail.
With YouMail, you are not limited to calling in to get your voicemail. You can still do that, but come on, you have OPTIONS now.
Email - you can have YouMail send you an email with an MP3 attachment of your voicemail
Web - you can log into your account and manage your voicemail in a visual way
Phone Application - there are already applications for Google's Android, Blackberry AND the iPhone (hmmmm, an "upgrade" to Apple's service?). A Windows Mobile application is in the works as well
Voice to text - this seems cool, but I can't comment because this is a paid add-on feature that I haven't activated.
Are you in love with voicemail by YouMail yet? Wait...there's more!
Share & Spread The Love
With YouMail you can forward voicemails to an email address. This works for when some crazy woman threatens to kill you on voicemail...forward it to your lawyer and get that handy restraining order. Forward on that request from your client/customer that also happens to mention how amazing you are. The boss now knows too.
This really puts the YOU in YouMail. YouMail uses the CallerID information to see who is calling and gives you the ability to have individual messages for specific people or groups of people. You might mention that you can't answer the phone because you are out volunteering at that foundation that saves abandoned puppies to give to sick children for the women in your life. Yeah...that's a good plan. You can go crazy if you want - have a sweet message for your mom and do some smack talk on the the greeting that your favorite Ohio State Buckeye fan will hear.
I don't bother with recording too many special greetings, I let the power of YouMail technology wow my peeps for me. The same CallerID technology is used to have the automated attended use the callers name in the greeting! It IS as cool as it sounds, in case you were wondering!
Telemarketers get you down? Crazy ex phone stalking you. Well, use "ditchmail". You can leave whatever rude greeting you'd like and THEN...here's the best part...you can have it hang up on them without letting them leave a message. Brilliant! I haven't used this feature yet, but I giggle at the prospect of being ABLE to. Mwa-ah-hah.
Free For All The World - Except the "Now Network"
Oh yeah...this is great for ALMOST everyone. Sprint charges for forwarding the call to YouMail. That's all voicemail is, is forwarding the call to your voicemail provider.
The setup was very easy and the site includes step-by-step instructions in case it proves to be more than you can handle, but it really is easy.
So, come on ditch your boring old voicemail and get YouMail and then give me your digits, cuz I know you'll have a special greeting JUST for me and would never use that ditchmail on good 'ole JD. You wouldn't do that would you?
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Jeff Daly (dalydose)
Jul 13, 2009
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This is a 3rd party visual voicemail service that will work with any cell phone.
YouMail is an independent visual voicemail provider, providing phone users with a voicemail system independent of their traditional wireless or landline carriers. Standard features of independent voicemail providers include webmail-like voicemail access and voicemail-to-text transcriptions.
The company primarily marketed its cell phone greetings in 2007 from celebrities such as Katt Williams, but has since shifted to marketing voicemail transcriptions products in 2008.
YouMail is the standard voicemail that comes with all cell phones from Immix Wireless.