So, I am up catching up on all the BlackBerry news from the past 12 hours or so and just happened upon this post over at BerryReview.com where they are talking about a free visual voicemail client for YouMail called VyMail. I am always interested in a free stuff so I decided to check it out.
After about 10 minutes of playing with VyMail, I can tell you that there is absolutely no reason to pay for Verizon’s Visual VoiceMail if you are a BlackBerry Storm user and all other BlackBerry users should be taking a look at this as well simply because it is one of the coolest free BlackBerry applications that I have seen in some time.
In order to user VyMail you must first sign up a free YouMail Account. You can get information on what YouMail is here but, essentially, it is a service that you can forward your mobile voicemail to which gives you a ton of really cool voicemail management features for free.
On you have a YouMail account set up, simply download VyMail to your BlackBerry OTA by visiting http://www.joekrill.com/vymail/ota/ directly from your device’s BlackBerry browser. You can also download this to your desktop to install via BlackBerry Desktop manager here. Once VyMail is installed, all you have to do is enter your phone number and your PIN from YouMail.
VyMail is just in beta, however, but it works as well as Verizon’s Visual VoiceMail. Additionally, YouMail has a ton of features that Verizon does not. PhoneTag should also be concerned about VyMail. VyMail doesn’t support transcription yet but I would guess that will just be a matter of time. Although there is a charge for voicemail to text transcription from YouMail, it is competitive in price and YouMails other features blow PhoneTag out of the water.
This is coming from someone who just said yesterday that PhoneTag is my favorite BlackBerry App of 2008. It still is, however, VyMail and YouMail are going to give the guys over at PhoneTag a run for their money in 2009.
There is a bug in BB Storm OS 22.214.171.124 that prevents VyMail from accessing the speakerphone when listening to messages. I’ve noticed, however, that things seem to be working in 126.96.36.199
This will eventually be a great little App. The only thing that verizons visual voicemail has on this is that the gui is pretty and actually uses the pictures of your contacts. I’d be willing to bet that they could add this in a future release.
Just installed it. Have been using phonetag for some time, and really enjoy the convenience of it! Youmail sounds awesome! It’d be great if they could come out with their own program. I’m having issues with the voicemail not going to the vymail program.
Thanks Joe. Great little app!
App launches but menu doesn’t display on 8703e. Probably just an oversight – no big deal.
Tried YouMail. There’s there real problem: the audio quality of messages is horrible to the point of being useless.
People should check this stuff out more before cheerleading.
Youmail does the voicemail to text as well. It is in beta
Has anyone found out how to auto sync the voicemail on the Storm without having to sync everytime you get a new voicemail notification.
Great app. I have been using it since yesterday and I absolutely love it. I haven’t had any problems with the quality of the audio from YouMail either.
Rene, I don’t have a Storm but on my Curve, under options you can change the sync interval. I just changed mine to one minute.
Yeah I had checked that already
But it would be nice if it auto synced instantly after u received a new voicemail
I just signed up and downloaded the VyMail app. Also, YouMail had a link to download their own app.
Can you post the link to the YouMail app? I don’t see it on their website.
I have the pin set in and everything and its still not working on my bold. And ideas???
Hi tyler, I have the bold as well. I got a email 2 the email address I registered with and I just followed the directions in the email. Don’t forget 2 actually download the app 2 your phone, its in the description in the topic above.
Is this totally free? No charge at all?
I have been using Vymail for about two weeks. I like it lot. Just as much as visual from verizon.
One bug (they may have fixed in the last two weeks) there is no notification when you get a new voice mail.
Never tried phone tag, but I love YouMail..
I love the YouMail service, but their app for the Blackberry Storm is very wonky. Doesn’t utilize the rotating view screen, and the scrolling is counter-intuitive when compared to the interface of almost every other BB app.
So I had high hopes when I clicked on this post- a new client for YouMail! …but now I think that YouMail pretty much used vymail for their official client. too bad.