I get so tired of listening to the same voicemail messages. So when Youmail came across my radar way back in 2006, I was delighted to learn they were planning to consign the ‘hi please leave a message’ traditional nonsense to the dustbin.
Seriously, when was the last time you changed your voicemail message? Precisely. Sort it out! Call up today and change it to something a bit more modern. One of my colleagues hasn’t changed his voicemail message in 5 years. That is seriously OLD.
Better still, if you’re in America, get yourself Youmail.
1. Get your voicemail online and by phone
2. Set different greetings for different callers. GENIUS!
3. Send voicemail messages to your email (audio, I believe)
4. Keep your messages forever
5. Send unwanted ‘unknown caller’ calls directly to voicemail — I like that a lot!
6. They’ve got a ton of cool voicemail files that you can use (e.g. Psychiatric Hotline: ‘if you are obsessive compulsive, press 1 repeatedly’.)
Yes, you might not want your lawyer or your boss to get a rude or maybe even a funny message… but it can certainly add a bit of humour to the otherwise boring task of leaving a voicemail.
There’s a load of greetings to choose from, all with ratings.
E.g. “Garfield: The person you’re trying to reach is naked in a tub of jello”
I particularly like the idea of sending unwanted callers to the message “Your call cannot be completed at this time” with an AT&T/Cingular little beep at the front to add realism.
The Youmail service is free and they don’t intend ever charging. They recently got a good $1.8 million from Tech Coast Angels and Alex Quilici, formerly AOL’s VP of Voice Services, is now heading them up.
Shame it’s not a UK based service yet!
I wonder if Spinvox could be programmed to do something like this? 😉