As we approach 2013, we are seeing the adoption newer technologies such as visual voicemail service. As the most well-known and popular option, Google Voice arrived with immediate fanfare a few years ago and brought with it the transcriptions of messages to the mainstream public. While Google Voice is away and by far the most popular, it does seem a bit limited to a certain extent for some users, so it’s only natural that different alternatives surface. With that in mind— YouMail aims to make receiving voicemail and transcriptions of voicemails just a little bit… “smarter” than other offerings from services like Google Voice.
For almost a year, Sprint has had the monopoly on full Google Voice integration. That monopoly may be in jeopardy. In an interview with CNET, Vincent Paquet, Group Product Manager for Google Voice, said “We are having discussions with other carriers about this,” but declined to mention which carriers.
Google Voice is a service that provides users with online and on-device visual voicemail, cheaper international calls, personalized greetings, text transcription, and more. Sprint’s integration allows Sprint customers to either replace their Sprint number with their Google Voice number, or replace their Google Voice number with their Sprint number without incurring the usual $20 porting fee (see screenshot after the break). Either way, users get full access to all of Google Voice’s features.
Unsolicited, unwanted calls. We all get them. They are the spam of voice calls. If you use Google Voice, you can already block unwanted calls, but not everyone wants to port their number to GV. For those folks, there’s YouMail, a visual voicemail app that can use your own phone number as long as you forward unanswered calls to their service.
Today, YouMail has announced that the new versions of both their apps, YouMail and WhoAreYou, now support one-click blocking of calls from unwanted numbers. Blocking a number causes calls from that number to no longer be visible or ring the phone. On top of that, blocked callers will not be able to leave a message, and they receive a greeting that states the number is out of service. Out of service numbers tend to get removed from spammer call lists. Bonus!
Full presser and download links after the break.
Is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus launch just around the corner? Who really knows, but Verizon just decided to release its visual voicemail app in the Android Market just in case. As most of you already know, the Galaxy Nexus was supposed to be virtually bloat free, lacking those annoying carrier add-ons that we all hate. Well, despite the fact that the Galaxy Nexus managed to acquire two of the Verizon apps, the useful visual voicemail is not one of them.
Today, Verizon released a specific visual voicemail app, Visual VM, for the illusive Galaxy Nexus because Ice Cream Sandwich comes sans such a feature. Google’s plan from the beginning was to have the carriers provide their own VVM app for the new operating system and I guess this is how Big Red is addressing it. Maybe this is a sign for an imminent launch and hopefully Best Buy’s latest leak of December 11th becomes true. If that were to be the case, then we could expect to hear an official announcement sometime between now and Monday.
To check out the Galaxy Nexus’ new visual voice mail app from Verizon, hit the market link below.
[via Android Market]
YouMail has been stirring up the pot recently. The visual voicemail service just received funding for hitting 1 Billion Calls, and has now confirmed that they have over 2 million users. For those of you that don’t know what YouMail is, it is a service that allows people who don’t have Visual Voicemail to use it on their phone. And for anyone that’s used VVM (Sprint users in particular) you know how wonderful it is. It took the company 3 years to get 1 million users, yet it took them only half that time to get to 2 million. Coming from someone who uses AOSP ROMs occasionally (where Sprint VVM is not there) you can bet I’ll be giving YouMail a look as well.
YouMail just announced that it has answered more than 1 billion phone calls for its users, of which, 500 million has been handled since September 2010. YouMail is compatible with Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry as well third-party apps that bring the company’s Visual Voicemail Plus service to Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile 6.5, and WebOS.
“I’m proud to say this call-volume milestone means that our Visual Voicemail Plus service has answered the phone on behalf of our users more than a billion times,” said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici. “And it’s all driven by consumer demand for feature-rich voicemail on their smartphones from a provider that treats callers well, and lets users have complete control over their voicemail.”
YouMail will continue to launch additional applications, expand the platform, and accelerate growth of Visual Voicemail Plus thanks to some additional funding by VantagePoint Capital Partners, Siemer Ventures, and Tech Coast Angels. Total equity and debt financing since 2007 is now at $12.5 million.
“This funding will help us leverage our platform and our growing user base to rapidly deploy additional applications and grow significant market share in the smartphone communications app market,” Quilici said.
Full press release and download links after the break.
j2 Global Communications, makers of the Onebox line of cloud-based virtual phone systems, announced today via press release that they will be offering businesses an exclusive 30 day trial of their services. From the press release:
Onebox Receptionist®, the brand’s most popular service, starts at $49.95 per month and includes: selection of Toll-Free and/or Local Numbers; choice of 2,000, 3,000, or 5,000 minutes per month; and up to 4, 10, or 20 extensions per account. Pricing plans differ by minutes and extensions.
Onebox key features:
- Auto-attendant and a customized, professionally recorded greeting
- Multi-level menus and extensions
- Voice-to-Text transcription
- Online faxing
- Call recording
- Conference calling
- Web conferencing
- Administrative tools for tracking usage and managing users
- Free apps for the iPhone®, Android®, and BlackBerry® mobile phones
The Android app, which can be found in the Android Market, offers the following:
- Show your Onebox number in the caller ID
from your personal phone.
- Read or listen to your voicemail.
- Search voicemail to text transcripts.
- Use the existing contacts from your
- Go mobile by accessing your message center
If you are interested in finding out more information about how to start a free trial of the Onebox service, visit their official website.