11-08-2011 01:02 PM
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  1. netarc's Avatar
    Having recently migrated from the iPhone 3GS to the S2, I was blown away that there appeared not to be a native equivalent of the iPhone's "visual voicemail" feature (which downloads/caches voicemails to the phone for playback) on Android!

    I have a kludgy version of visual voicemail working with the AT&T Messages app, but, to be frank, that is one crappy app, not least because it forces consolidation of all your messaging (texts, phones, voicemails, etc), and to boot it appears to be a resource hog.

    I'm curious how other AT&T S2 users are handling voicemail, do most people just call the vmail # and read/manage voicemails over the phone, or is there an effective visual vmail equivalent?
    11-01-2011 05:09 AM
  2. Simba501's Avatar
    Having recently migrated from the iPhone 3GS to the S2, I was blown away that there appeared not to be a native equivalent of the iPhone's "visual voicemail" feature (which downloads/caches voicemails to the phone for playback) on Android!

    I have a kludgy version of visual voicemail working with the AT&T Messages app, but, to be frank, that is one crappy app, not least because it forces consolidation of all your messaging (texts, phones, voicemails, etc), and to boot it appears to be a resource hog.

    I'm curious how other AT&T S2 users are handling voicemail, do most people just call the vmail # and read/manage voicemails over the phone, or is there an effective visual vmail equivalent?
    Google Voice
    11-01-2011 08:21 AM
  3. titanoman's Avatar
    That's weird. T-mobile's S2 has visual voicemail.

    Sent from my SGH-T989 using Tapatalk
    11-01-2011 08:23 AM
  4. vientiane's Avatar
    That's right, I believe only iphone has visual voicemail (AT&T), but not others.
    I also use GOOGLE VOICE.
    11-01-2011 09:51 AM
  5. SteveISU's Avatar
    That's weird. T-mobile's S2 has visual voicemail.

    Sent from my SGH-T989 using Tapatalk
    Which ironically is coming to AT&T, so hold out if you can. lol
    11-01-2011 09:55 AM
  6. netarc's Avatar
    Which ironically is coming to AT&T, so hold out if you can. lol
    can you elaborate on that? what will they be calling this new service that's coming to them, or are you talking about as part of the T-mobile aquisition?
    11-01-2011 10:20 AM
  7. Chex313's Avatar
    Hmm.... At&t's Messages App seems to work perfectly on my wife's phone. Granted she only uses the voice mail tab, we use the free text app text+ for text's. Between ios and android.

    I mean we actually like it better then the native visual voice mail, since it transcribes into text as well as playing the message.

    If it hadn't worked Google Voice was the next choice. The At&t App was just dead simple to set up. I thought it was great that they even had something like this, would have hated for my wife to go back to calling in for voice mails again.
    11-01-2011 10:46 AM
  8. SteveISU's Avatar
    can you elaborate on that? what will they be calling this new service that's coming to them, or are you talking about as part of the T-mobile aquisition?

    T-mobiles S2 variant is coming to ATT in the form of their first few LTE devices. From the looks, it's a T-Mobile re-branded as an ATT. T-mobiles version, has VVM.
    11-01-2011 10:56 AM
  9. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    I like Google Voice, I can access it from anywhere and while not perfect the text to speech feature is nice.
    11-01-2011 11:09 AM
  10. planoman's Avatar
    T-mobiles S2 variant is coming to ATT in the form of their first few LTE devices. From the looks, it's a T-Mobile re-branded as an ATT. T-mobiles version, has VVM.
    It is a carrier feature not a phone limitation. Most phones can support it if the carrier does. I have heard some good things about the at&t app., have not used it though.
    11-01-2011 11:23 AM
  11. netarc's Avatar
    Hmm.... At&t's Messages App seems to work perfectly on my wife's phone. Granted she only uses the voice mail tab, we use the free text app text+ for text's. Between ios and android.

    I mean we actually like it better then the native visual voice mail, since it transcribes into text as well as playing the message.

    If it hadn't worked Google Voice was the next choice. The At&t App was just dead simple to set up. I thought it was great that they even had something like this, would have hated for my wife to go back to calling in for voice mails again.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad ATT offers [U]something[U] at least ... but my experience with this app is that it tries to do to much, and as a result does a mediocre job of everything. e.g., I've found in a couple of cases voicemails don't end up in the "Messages" app ... I heard the vmail when dialing in, but it never got downloaded for play locally.

    All told, the ATT Messages app just isn't as clean/reliable as visual vmail on the iPhone.
    11-01-2011 11:35 AM
  12. netarc's Avatar
    I like Google Voice, I can access it from anywhere and while not perfect the text to speech feature is nice.
    Can google voice be used to take vmails on your primary mobile #? That is, won't it only work if someone calls your google VOICE phone number? I need a vmail for my actual AT&T phone #, and I didn't think gvoice could do so (unless I port my # over to google or such, which I'm unwilling to do).
    11-01-2011 11:37 AM
  13. Dr Triffid's Avatar
    I use Phone Fusion's Visual Voicemail Plus. It's a free app, and to me, it's the closest to the iPhone VM setup.
    11-01-2011 12:00 PM
  14. maskedcarrot's Avatar
    Geez I am suprised no one mentioned YouMail.

    I use it on my Android phones on AT&T.

    Just go to Visual Voicemail For Your Phone | YouMail and sign up an account, then download the YouMail app and there ya go. Works perfectly.

    Plus you can listen to your messages online as well as on the phone.
    11-01-2011 12:08 PM
  15. SteveISU's Avatar
    It is a carrier feature not a phone limitation. Most phones can support it if the carrier does. I have heard some good things about the at&t app., have not used it though.
    So ATT only allows it at NC on the iPhone?
    11-01-2011 01:26 PM
  16. tunie's Avatar
    I use YouMail. Aside from visual voice mail (not free) I enjoy that I can assign different greetings for my contacts. They also make it very easy to block telemarketers. The only thing I don't like is that they make it extraordinarily difficult to download my contact list. Because of that, I enter the contact into my phone first and then again, into YouMail. Still a nice free service, though they do charge for VVM.
    11-01-2011 07:22 PM
  17. titanoman's Avatar
    I use YouMail. Aside from visual voice mail (not free) I enjoy that I can assign different greetings for my contacts. They also make it very easy to block telemarketers. The only thing I don't like is that they make it extraordinarily difficult to download my contact list. Because of that, I enter the contact into my phone first and then again, into YouMail. Still a nice free service, though they do charge for VVM.
    It is to free.

    Sent from my SGH-T989 using Tapatalk
    11-01-2011 07:36 PM
  18. sailador's Avatar
    Can google voice be used to take vmails on your primary mobile #? That is, won't it only work if someone calls your google VOICE phone number? I need a vmail for my actual AT&T phone #, and I didn't think gvoice could do so (unless I port my # over to google or such, which I'm unwilling to do).
    yes it does....when people call your primary numbers it just forward to google voice
    11-02-2011 09:48 AM
  19. maskedcarrot's Avatar
    I use YouMail. Aside from visual voice mail (not free) I enjoy that I can assign different greetings for my contacts. They also make it very easy to block telemarketers. The only thing I don't like is that they make it extraordinarily difficult to download my contact list. Because of that, I enter the contact into my phone first and then again, into YouMail. Still a nice free service, though they do charge for VVM.
    Yes it is a free service. If you pay extra you don't get the Ads. Actually you really onlt have to deal with the ads on the website, I hardly get them at all on the app itself.

    The weird thing which I don't understand, is why is it that AT&T is the only major US carrier which doesn't offer Visual Voicemail on their android phones. All the other majors do. AT&T is really lame sometimes and just doesn't get it.
    11-02-2011 02:19 PM
  20. netarc's Avatar
    yes it does....when people call your primary numbers it just forward to google voice
    So let me make sure I get this ... I'm guessing you are forwarding your primary AT&T phone number to google voice, and since you have gvoice installed on your droid and are signed in as yourself, the forwarded call to your gvoice number comes back around to ring up your phone? And then if you don't answer, it's the gvoice vmail which answers & records msg?
    11-02-2011 02:38 PM
  21. netarc's Avatar
    oops, sorry, posted the now deleted msg to the wrong thread!
    11-02-2011 02:40 PM
  22. LazrRocketArm's Avatar

    The weird thing which I don't understand, is why is it that AT&T is the only major US carrier which doesn't offer Visual Voicemail on their android phones. All the other majors do. AT&T is really lame sometimes and just doesn't get it.

    I think that's why they developed the ATT Messages App. Maybe they were trying to streamline the service for all of their android phones. The VvM is implemented by the manufacturers in conjunction with the carriers.

    I did read somewhere that the VIVID is supposed to have native VVM.

    I didn't care for the dual notifications you get with Messages app.
    11-02-2011 03:21 PM
  23. netarc's Avatar
    I didn't care for the dual notifications you get with Messages app.
    Exactly, that is my #1 beef w/thte ATT Messages app - wtf, I just want notification of voicemails - yet there's no way to disable notifications, or use Messages for voicemail only - pita.
    11-02-2011 03:33 PM
  24. miller7796's Avatar
    I gave up on Youmail a few weeks ago due to notifications never coming through. This is something I experienced on multiple devices and carriers and is a known problem according to their forums that has carried over through multiple updates of the app. I liked the Youmail interface more than Google Voice, but GV works like it is supposed to.
    11-02-2011 03:34 PM
  25. tunie's Avatar
    I've read a lot about people having notification problems and couldn't figure it out. Mine come through like clockwork. It's the contact management, or should I say, lack of contact management I can't stand. Still, I love it for the call control. I had a telemarketer calling me constantly. I sent a cease and desist letter, but that didn't stop them. I downloaded a greeting that makes them think they've miss dialed and they're unable to leave me a message. No more calls! I guess it's a love/hate relationship:-)
    11-02-2011 04:01 PM
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