YouMail updates BlackBerry application-Improves performance and battery life

Posted on 17. Feb, 2010 by in BlackBerry

YouMail has updated its BlackBerry application.  YouMail Visual Voicemail Plus is a great free alternative to other applications which carriers charge for.  YouMail’s new application has a ton of new features, it appears to have a different alert system, no longer polls for new voicemails (battery life), and the UI has been redone. I have been using YouMail for a few years now and love having my voicemail sent to me as an audio attachment in an email.  In the past I have found their applications lacking, I hope the new updated version improved a lot.

New features of the application per YouMail’s email:

YouMail Is Much Smarter

  • YouMail can now detect new voicemail WITHOUT needing TXT alerts or “polling”, leading to better battery life and no hassle with TXTs. Instead, YouMail reliably detects e-mail alerts going to your phone – just go to application settings, turn off “TXT alerts” and “polling”, and turn on e-mail alerts.
  • YouMail can now make sounds, flash the LED, and vibrate for new voicemails, just like you can for TXT, MMS, and E-mail messages. Check out your profile settings (may be called Sounds) and you’ll find a new YouMail option– we’re now completely integrated with the BlackBerry’s built-in Notification service.
  • YouMail now gives you more greeting control: you can control what YouMail does with “unknown callers”, “blocked callers”, and “smart greetings”.
  • YouMail lets you try out our voice-to-text transcriptions with a single click from the application

YouMail Looks Much Better

  • We’ve made dates much easier to read – “today”, “yesterday”, “Mon 2/1”, etc.., and made it easy to see new messages by displaying the caller name in BOLD.
  • We’ve completely redesigned the screen that plays messages – which should make them easier to play and read.

YouMail Connects Better And Boots Faster

  • We’ve reworked YouMail to handle network problems much more efficiently, which will especially impact those of you with spotty coverage or unreliable WiFi connections. There is now much less data traffic, more efficient and less frequent authentication, and smarter connection attempts.
  • We now ensure that voicemail audio files on SD-cards when the phone boots up – so you can now upgrade YouMail without worrying about old voicemails having to all be downloaded again.
  • We now handled some relatively rare cases that caused problems downloading voicemails. Some Blackberry phones redirected our audio requests through other services – and this now just works. Other Blackberry servers only allow small files to be transferred – if you have this problem, just go to “Storage “ and choose the “chunk audio” option).

YouMail Has Better Troubleshooting

  • We now provide user-friendly information about the network and authentication status of the application – easily accessible from the about screen.
  • We’ve made it effortless for you to tell us if there’s problem – just click the “Send Log” button on the About screen, and it’ll create an e-mail telling us exactly what’s happened with your application. Just add a brief note about what you were doing, and we’ll be able to quickly diagnose any issue.
  • Enjoy – and don’t hesitate to give us feedback! We’re already hard at work on the next version.

Remember, you can download it now at: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/724.

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