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Visual Voicemail for your un-sexy non-iPhone

February 10, 2008


When the iPhone came out last year, the first feature that caught my attention was visual voicemail. Well, alright! I drooled quite a bit at the multi touch interface, but visual voicemail appeared to be quite a genuine idea. However, for all its goodness, an iPhone is still out of my reach because of my current contract that runs for another year (and of course, the price tag).

So, when it comes to visual voicemail, what about all us un-sexy non-iPhone users. Fear not! A few days back, I came across this new visual voicemail service from Pinger (via Web Worker Daily). Pinger has been offering a free messaging service much like Jott, but I like Jott better because it uses speech recognition to transcribe my message (which can be a boon or bane, depending on your outlook). Recently, Pinger also started a free visual voicemail service. Currently, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Alltel are the only supported service providers.

The Pinger visual voicemail service collects voicemails from your mobile phone (if you use one of the providers above) and shows easy-to-navigate envelope information about each sender, plus the length of the message left, and the date and time the message came in. To sign up you dial 408-916-5008 from your mobile phone and follow the instructions. Note that Pinger’s service is free, but carriers may charge normal rates for phone calls, text messages and call forwarding.

Pinger lets you manage your voicemail account from the web, so you can access the messages and make your replies online. You can also reply to and forward messages directly from your voice mail without making separate calls, and, if you choose, you can store voice mails in perpetuity.

Mainly, the service is completely free, except for any charges from your service provider for call forwarding and messaging. Of these, messaging has become almost universal these days and an unlimited messaging plan doesn’t cost too much. Call forwarding costs, on the other hand, may vary between providers. For my T-Mobile account, call forwarding minutes are not counted against the regular usage minutes, so this doesn’t affect my usage in any way.

They also give you a telephone number with your area code to access (or send) your messages. This is nice, as I can just access my voice mail from a regular POTS phone if a computer is not immediately nearby.

The web user interface is pretty slick too. You can listen to the messages and even record messages to a group of people at once, right there in your Inbox. You can also enter notes next to each messages, if you want to store some information from inside the message for quicker access later on.

Bye Bye voice mail. Nice knowing ya!