YouMail is a visual voicemail client for iOS, which may sound strange considering that iOS has visual voicemail built-in, but this app does so much more than the system app does that it is probably more appropriate to call YouMail a personal assistant.
With the built-in visual voicemail left to rot by Apple for quite some time, YouMail have taken the opportunity to steam ahead with an ever increasing roster of features and upgrades.
There are three tiers of YouMail available, but the free version should more than suffice for most people. With YouMail Free, you can check voicemail on all your iOS devices and your desktop PC, which for me is a fabulous feature. It means you are not tied to your phone in relation to your voicemail, which is a great thing and something that many users will not know the value of until they have used it themselves.
You also get plenty of other features for free, including call blocking, simple caller id, a clever ‘smart greeting’ and the ability to actually share voicemails over email and social networks. You are essentially, completely upgrading the visual voicemail capabilities of your phone, for free.
If you subscribe to YouMail Premium, which is $5 a month, you get some great extra features, such as the brilliant voice to text, which is another thing that you wouldn’t know you needed until you had it and lost it. You also get a dedicated voicemail number, and YouMail’s Privacy Guard feature.
There is also a third tier, aimed at business users, that provides call routing, auto replay and auto forward services, rounding off the offering from YouMail.
If all this sounds complicated, have no fear as it really is all very easy to use. If you are simply looking for an upgrade to your visual voicemail, then YouMail is an easy choice as it gives you a lot of features in its YouMail Free priceband and you won’t ever have to pay a penny for them. With an intuitive interface that will make sense to you straight away, YouMail Free will be a great offering for many people. Those who want a little more can always plump for the Premium version, and companies are catered for by the business offering.
Overall, this is a superb visual voicemail app that offers up many features other, more expensive apps simply don’t have. With excellent customer support, an easy to use interface and an industry best suite of features, YouMail is an absolutely essential app for iOS.