July 23, 2014

Watch What You Say: YouMail Adds "Social Voicemail"

Think twice before you leave a message with that fascinating story about what’s happening to the toenail on your pinky toe: it may end up on Facebook.

YouMail (and competitor PhoneFusion) has been providing visual voicemail for Android since long before a Google Voice app existed, and even now offers some features Voice does not. Now they’ve released a new version of their app that adds new social features that allow users to share voicemails to Twitter and Facebook.

“YouMail is leading the way in integrating voicemail into the age of social media,” commented CEO Alex Quilici. “Voicemail is migrating from a standalone experience into one that’s social and intertwined with the rest of a consumer’s daily communications.”

The update also adds a couple of other features:

  • Smart Reply, which lets users reply to a voicemail via email or SMS.
  • Epanded Caller ID, which displays Facebook photos of the caller and city/state info along with traditional caller ID information.

Full details are in YouMail’s press release:

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YouMail Launches Android Update with “Social Voicemail”

YouMail’s Digital Secretary Service Makes It Easy To Share Voicemail On The Go

IRVINE, CA–(January 11, 2010)–YouMail Inc. (www.youmail.com) today announced an update to its free Android Visual Voicemail Plus application that unlocks voicemail and makes it social.   The application now allows users to easily share voicemail not only through e-mail or text messages, but also by posting them directly to Facebook and Twitter.   These new social features make YouMail the most comprehensive and feature-rich visual voicemail service anywhere.

YouMail’s new update for Android (Version 1.8.2) includes:

  • Simple Sharing.   With just a couple of clicks, users can now easily post voicemail on their Facebook wall, and tweet voicemails using existing Android twitter clients, like HTC’s Peep.
  • Smart Reply.   YouMail automatically maps incoming phone numbers to e-mail addresses, so users can easily reply to an incoming voicemail with an e-mail or text message, either directly through the YouMail client itself, or through other messaging clients like Gmail – with the reply automatically including a link to the original voicemail to provide context.
  • Expanded Caller ID.   Whenever a caller leaves a message, YouMail now pulls and displays incoming caller photos from the phone’s address book and the user’s Facebook account – giving users truly visual voicemail.   YouMail also provides the caller’s city and state, in addition to their phone number and name.

The average U.S. YouMail user receives 50 or more calls each month they are unwilling or unable to answer. YouMail’s free service allows voicemail to be easily accessed, managed, and shared from any smart phone, tablet or web connection. Voicemail sharing allows users to instantly and effortlessly transfer messages to colleagues, friends, or family – addressing one of YouMail’s most common feature requests.

“YouMail is leading the way in integrating voicemail into the age of social media,” commented CEO Alex Quilici. “Voicemail is migrating from a standalone experience into one that’s social and intertwined with the rest of a consumer’s daily communications.”

YouMail is available to post-paid mobile users in the US on all major carriers including AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile. YouMail can also be used to unify a user’s mobile voicemail with their voice messages from VOIP service providers such as Google Voice, MagicJack, OOMA, and Vonage.

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