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YouMail: Cell phone voicemail that you didn’t know you needed

youmail logoNext time someone calls you on your cell phone, freak them out (in a nice way) with a message like “Mark, good to hear from you…. finally…..”. YouMail is all about personalizing the same-old voice mail. It allows you to record customized greetings for your callers. Or you can use a few choice pre-recorded voice mails from their library - depending upon whether you want a professional one for your boss, or a loopy one for your friend (my favorite - Bart Simpson’s Don’t have a cow, man!).

youmail womanCalls can be either be picked up on the phone, or emailed to you. The nice feature of the emailed version is that you can store all of your voicemails forever, along with the rest of your trash mail, just in case….

I like the ditchmail feature. You can totally block out someone whose call you don’t want to answer - they don’t even get to leave a voicemail. Of course, one can take a separate tack and have the call answered with come ominous messages from the website like “Warning - this call is being monitored” or a “Not in service” message, in French!

One feature that would be nice to have is a “direct to voicemail”. For example, for phone calls that have a blocked caller ID, that you don’t want to answer. They would go through directly to your voicemail so the caller can leave a message and then you can decide whether it is worth listening to, or returning the call.

The revenue model for YouMail was originally to start as a free service, and then to branch into a paid subscription model or commercial supported model in 2007. The service is still free, and the website maintains there is no intention of making it a paid service.

Youmail has gotten a fair amount of mainstream coverage in Newsweek and CNBC. YouMail also got rave reviews on MobileCrunch when they launched their beta in September of 2006.

Irvine based YouMail has received funding of $1.9 million from the Tech Coast Angels.

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July 16th, 2007 Posted by Toni DasGupta | Technology, New Media, Startup | 4 comments