Last weekend I signed up the new service called YouMail I have to admit that I was suspect of the domain name, however, it really is a cool free tool that does SUCH a better job managing voicemail than Verizon or Cingular In fact, this is a service that I always secretly wanted – but never found.

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After signing up for YouMail, you can manage your voicemail messages online (listen, delete, forward via email), you can set personalized messages for your different contacts (mom gets a nice one, my buddy gets a funny one), can you can even block certain people from leaving a message.

This service is totally brilliant and easy to use once you get past the setup process. You have to change a couple of settings in your cell phone (specifically your voicemail #), but they have decent instructions that walked me through the process. Their java control panel is really intuitive – you can record messages from it, manage contact settings, view incoming call history, and manage your voicemail.

I always thought voicemail was annoying to check on my phone – way more cumbersome to check than email. YouMail would be incredible if it was integrated with my webmail (and I could check them together).

Other features that would be nice:
- forward certain callers to another number
- better email features (like auto-forward to my email)
- transcribe my messages and send them to me in email
- work on a blackberry or treo

Overall though, I’m impressed and will continue to use it.

-CD