YouMail Makes Cell Phone Voicemail Fun

By Steve Castaneda on May 18, 2009 in Tools - 4 Comments

I have always dreaded that new voicemail symbol on my cell phone. It usually meant having to dial my voicemail account, enter my password, and navigate a cumbersome touch-tone interface to listen to my messages. This was before I found YouMail.com.

YouMail is a shot of steroids for your voicemail. It makes listening, retrieving and accessing your voicemail very easy. Plus it adds a lot of new functionality you are sure to enjoy.

YouMailThe application is very simple to setup. Navigate to YouMail’s (www.youmail.com) site and enter your cell phone number and voicemail pin in to get started. You will receive a confirmation text message. After you verify with a reply you are on your way. The web setup is very easy to use.  There are even video tutorials available if you need additional help.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Visual Voicemail
  • Customized voicemail messages for each caller
  • Voice-to-text Transcriptions
  • Ability to download voicemails to .mp3
  • Unwanted Call Blocking
  • It’s free!

The ability to create customized greetings is one of my favorite features. You can record or upload greetings for each contact. It is a great way to add a personal touch for the people you stay in touch with regularly.

If the caller does not have a personalized greeting you recorded, YouMail will actually retrieve the first and last name the cell phone number belongs to. The greeting will then use the first name information to greet the caller.

I usually get one voicemail a week where someone starts by saying “How did you know how to pronounce my name?”  There is also the option to use one of the many greetings available on the site.

There are of course some things that could use improvement. You have to manually add in each contact you want to setup a personal message for. Hopefully future releases will have the ability to pull your contacts in from Outlook or even a CSV file. Also, you receive ads in the text messages for new voicemail. I guess this is what they have to do to keep the service free.

If you are not happy with your cell phone’s current voicemail option, I would highly suggest YouMail. It is quick and easy to setup and it is free.  Plus it is good way to give callers a more personalized experience when leaving you a message on your cell phone.

Shane Pollock is part of the Greater Raleigh Realty Team, and is a resident of Cary, North Carolina. Greater Raleigh Realty specializes in Cary NC Real Estate and Greater Raleigh Real Estate Relocation Services.

About the Author

Steve Castaneda, Realtor has been in the real estate industry since Jan. 2005. He specializes in selling homes in Northwest Houston and spends his free time sharing his passion for technology by writing at TechForAgents and programming web applications. Follow him on Google or Twitter.

4 Comments on "YouMail Makes Cell Phone Voicemail Fun"

  1. Steve Castaneda May 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm · Reply

    Great post, Shane! I’ve been interested in services like this for a while. Google Voice (beta invite anyone?) is coming out soon, so I’m definitely going to compare the two.

  2. Shane Pollock May 18, 2009 at 5:55 pm · Reply

    Thanks Steve. I really like the service. Easy to use and easy to setup. I too have been asking around for a Google Voice invite 🙂

  3. Wisconsin Drug Rehab May 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm · Reply

    What’s Google Voice Invite?

  4. Shane Pollock May 29, 2009 at 7:49 am · Reply

    Google Voice is based on Grand Station (purchased by Google). It is a lot of features to really beef up your cell phone. It has similar features to YouMail, but also looks to add a lot as well. You can read more here – http://www.google.com/voice/about. It is only open by invitation right now. So you have to ask for an invite.

    Sign up on the link because it will be coming out soon!!

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