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Saturday November 11, 2006 12:00 am

Youmail: Individual Personalized Voicemail Messages

Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech

Gear Live reader “Emergency Trap” sent this in, letting us know how impressed he is with the free YouMail voicemail replacement service - thanks…er…Trap!:

I can tell Youmail is going to take off. It’s currently in a free Beta stage that couldn’t be more attractive. If you love your cell phone, Youmail is a fun customizable voice mail feature that adds another level of uniqueness to your phone.

At it’s core, Youmail is a service that re-routes your standard voice mail to their service which lets you assign multiple voice mail messages to specific numbers. It’s like assigning your favorite Barry Manilow song to your honey’s phone number. Their service is free and works with any cell phone, but they send you a TXT whenever someone leaves a message. You’ll need to check with your service plan to see how text messages are handled. You can set a default voice mail for all unknown calls, so don’t worry, your professional image isn’t at stake. One other feature offered is the “ditch mail” feature. They claim that if you get a call from someone you’d rather never hear from again, you can send a numeric code which will “give them a ditch mail, and you’ll never here from that person again.” You can access, record, delete, and manage messages from their site. Alternatively, you can choose to record and assign a new custom email from your phone.

I’ve signed up and found the voice interface to be clear and helpful. I’ve listened to a couple messages my friends left me, and they sound just as if I were using my service providers voice mail service. As of this writing, I haven’t gotten feedback from them on how my custom voice mail messages sound, but I listened to them on my computer and they sound fine-virtually indistinguishable from my service provider. I haven’t tried the ditch mail feature, and am a bit confused by it. I started wondering if they totally block that number or if they simply send some kind of default message stating that I don’t want to hear from them again. I’m counting on the former, but I have a feeling it won’t work for unavailable calls-which would really be great to stop telemarketers.

I don’t know how long this service will stay free. I’ll be surprised if they don’t start charging. The big service providers are already charging extra for customized ring backs, and other extra services. If it does stay free, then kudos to Youmail.

We are going to play with this service for a few days. If we are impressed enough, we will do a video review over on The Bleeding Edge. If you try it, let us know what you think.

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I wanted to thank you for posting my article about YouMail.  I thought it was a bit weak.  I really should have followed up on the “ditchmail” feature.  However, you printed it, and I’m grateful.  I’m still using the service on my personal cell.  I really like it and plan to stick with it.  On the picky side, I think some people might get annoyed with having to constantly delete the TXT messages.  I don’t get a high volume of calls on my personal cell, so It’s not a big deal for me.  You may want to think twice about using the service on your busy cells that accumulate lots of voicemail.  Thanks again-Jeremy Stratton from Emergency Trap

Quoting: “I started wondering if they totally block that number or if they simply send some kind of default message stating that I don’t want to hear from them again.”

Ditchmail allows you to record a unique greeting, just as you do with a normal YouMail custom greeting.  The only difference is after your greeting is played Ditchmail just hangs up instead of playing the beep and allowing the caller to leave you a voicemail.  Because you can upload any sound file as a greeting, imagine uploading the wav file,  “you’ve reached a number that has been disconnected” as a greeting to be played ONLY for your psycho ex.  Because Ditchmail hangs up the caller, you never have to hear their voice again.  (Also great for telemarketers!)

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