Visual Voicemail… it’s about time!

One of the few (if only) things that have attracted me to the iPhone is the “Visual Voicemail” feature – the ability to see your collection of voicemails and play any message you wish.  As someone who receives a lot of voicemail messages, this is not just desirable, it’s borderline critical.

Case in point.

During our recent vacation, I received a phone call that I thought was from my wife at our condo.  I missed the call, but wanted to see if she left a message and time was of the essence.  Unfortunately, I had 9 voicemail messages that I needed to wade through first – and some of them were several minutes in length!  Doesn’t it make sense to be able to simply play whatever message I like without having to listen to (or skip through) 8 other messages first?  Absolutely… and it took Apple forcing this upon the network carrier before AT&T made their network function this way.

Let’s get with it, folks.  This is bone-headed, “duh” kinda stuff.  Our old corporate Comdial phone system – installed in 1999 – had this capability with a simple desktop app.  But most of our cell phones can’t do this 10 years later? 


Anyhow, I’m thankful to see that T-Mobile appears to be implementing Visual Voicemail sometime this summer.  I don’t know which phones it’ll work with, but it’s a step in the correct direction…


I’m also looking forward to their “Rhodium” phone! 🙂


1 Response to “Visual Voicemail… it’s about time!”

  1. 1 kevinleroy June 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    It is about time!! That’s one thing that I gotta give kudos to Apple on is forcing the carriers to change the way they think about Cell Phones and the Consumers. For too long the Providers have been the ones driving the Industry. For once, it’s now in the hands of the Consumers where it belongs.

    I would disagree with you about HTC Products however. Consistently those are the worst performers we have here at work. BB all the way! 🙂

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