YouMail has long been a champion of smartphone users, offering visual voicemail on phones that lack it and better visual voicemail on phones that include it.
YouMail Business Edition takes the service up a notch by catering to professionals who might want an even better voicemail experience, both for themselves and their callers.x
In case you’re not familiar with it, YouMail (for Android and iOS) provides a scrolling voicemail inbox similar to the one made famous by the iPhone.
But it goes far beyond Apple’s implementation with features like transcribed messages, voicemail via email, visual caller ID, message archiving, and smart greetings: callers are identified by name.
Business Edition makes those greetings smarter still by adding your full name and company to the outbound message. For example: “Hi, Joe, you’ve reached Rick Broida of PC World, who is unavailable. Please leave a message.”
It may seem like a minor thing, if you run a small shop, it might make you seem like a larger one. If nothing else, it adds a boost to your professionalism.
Business Edition also offers storage space for up to 10,000 messages, support for multiple telephone lines, and an auto-reply option that sends a virtual business card to callers. It includes premium tech support (via phone and email) as well.
YouMail itself remains free and ad-supported, while the ad-free Business Edition costs $4.99 monthly. If nothing else, try the free version and see if you like the way it works before deciding whether to upgrade.
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For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.