Recently I found a interesting thread about T-mobile charging for voicemail, and found I had fallen in to that very same trap, getting little tiny stealth charges every month. I was outraged, even though we are talking about less than £2 a month, paying £35 a month and would expect such a service to be free on any contract now days.
This encouraged me to seek out alternatives (purely on principle) to my T-mobile voicemail. Which I have to admit, as much of a muchness with other phone networks, takes too long to leave a message, takes even longer to retrieve them, and when you do, chances are you have to reply them a few times if it contained anything like a number or address. I stumbled across a company called Hullomail, who offer a multitude of services I didn’t even think I wanted or needed, but I couldn’t live without them now!
Hullomail is compatible with iPhone, Android (works best on 2.2) and Blackberry, also works on any major phone network in the UK. You install a little app, and it then asks if you want to create a account with Hullomail takes seconds, works on all our major phone networks in the UK, and is free.
So here is how it works and why I am in love with it.
- Shows a list of voicemails without listening to them
- 1 Second hangups no longer force you to spend 40 seconds retrieving, just delete!
- No more listening to a synthesised voice telling you which menu you are in, and how to listen or change settings
- No cumbersome new and saved voicemails, all just displayed in date order
- much more customisable, either just introduce your name, or a whole message.
Try it out, by searching for Hullomail in you app marketplace.
Consuming video through our phones has been a selling point for a little while now, but in this country nobody has really ever hit the nail on the head. I mean really really accessible TV that you just flick through the channels on a lunch break, or waiting for someone at the pub, and have a quick flick through a show you missed. (ok that last one is a bit anti-social, lets pretend I didn’t say that!)
I think this is very interesting, little bit of net neutrality issue if this service is not available to other virgin media subscribers on compatible handsets. Or is that why it is only on n8, as it is a Symbian 3.0 phone, and they can say “oh gee sorry, we forgot iOS and Android, we had no idea you might want this service as well” (VM is a big company, someone is bound to speak like that, leave me alone)
Today I had the pleasure of setting up a box full of HTC Desires and Samsung Apollos. Client is replacing his vehicle tracking system with a bunch of Google powered latitude phones. Have to tip my hat, the solution the clients booking system & capabilities of these phones is going to be awesome. Specially when you think of how much money is spent on vehicle tracking these days. Lot of fun watching 13 little icons around my office all being tracked, felt like something out of a movie!
The Samsung Apollo was surprisingly good for a budget alternative. I liked it, felt good in the hand, typing was easy on the touch screen and it made sense. Would be a nice first android phone for someone looking to spend less than £20 a month.
Speaking of contract costs, T-Mobile just reduced the HTC Desire monthly contract to £25 from £30 on standard domestic contracts(600 min, 500 text unlimited internet and flex boosters). This is to account for the HTC Desire HD that launched yesterday.
HTC Desire HD is pushing beyond the 4? screen and even less battery life. When is too big too big, and when is too little battery no longer practical? welcome your feedback.