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You miss a call on your cell phone.  Use YouMail to get a TXT MSG and/or an email alert instantly and listen online: www.youmail.com

YouMail is an alternative option to standard voicemail from your cell phone company (ATT, Verizon, etc).  They take your missed calls and give you complete control of the messages:

  • You can listen to your voicemails online anytime, anywhere.
  • You can still call your voicemail to listen like normal (eg. press and hold 1)
  • Turn on free transcription service to receive email and/or TXT of the transcribed voicemail message
  • Save your voicemails to MP3s to have forever
  • You have a complete voicemail history for review later
  • I like the greeting callers get. Your message (or one of theirs), then a BEEP. No long “press 1 for more options, or 2 for… blah blah blah”
  • Free, definitely worth a try by everyone, and you can turn off at any time

I can’t tell you how much I love this new service.  I just signed up yesterday and I forgot my cell today.  I checked my email from work and could listen to my voicemail there.

YouMail makes it dead simple to setup. Screen shots guide you through a 3 minute process.  I promise anyone can do this. :)

Please note, forwarding your calls to a new voicemail service will incur minutes used as the person is leaving a message.


4 Tricks for Your Phone

May 27th, 2008

Tired of pressing options (4, 7, 2, 2) to get a LIVE person on the phone when dialing a large company? www.gethuman.com is a list of user tested numbers and/or options that fast track you to a human. Extremely helpful when you’re frustrated. 😉 (You can always just try pressing zero a few hundred times, or screaming, either sometimes will take you right to someone (or hang up on you).)

Free 411
Stop calling 411 for $1 (or more) a call.  Try 1-800-FREE-411.  This free service, by Google, finds your listing and even offers to send a TXT message with the number.  Here’s a demo: http://www.google.com/goog411/index.html

Google’s TXT Services
Send a text message to GOOGL (46645) like, “Chinese restaurants, Times Square” or “Weather 29649” or “Define plethora” or “directions from 29649 to Atlanta, GA”  and you’ll get a text message right back.

Don’t forget about Jott.com.  I emailed once already about this (http://www.digitaloffice.com/tips/?p=9) and it really is a hidden jewel.  Dial Jott and it will send your transcribed chat to yourself or others. Easy for reminders!


Send Text Messages by Email

March 25th, 2008

We’re not all “txting” yet (properly known as SMS).  If you want to send a text message to the kids, a friend, or associate and don’t have twiddle fingers on your cell phone, just email the text!

Each cell provider has a different email address to EMAIL a text message. Here is a complete list of each email by cell provider: http://www.livejournal.com/tools/textmessage.bml?mode=details 

How To:

  1. Find out which email address to send to: http://www.livejournal.com/tools/textmessage.bml?mode=details
  2. Create an email to one of the addresses as specified in that link. If it says, number@txt.att.net, replace NUMBER with the 10-digital number. For example, 8641231234@txt.att.net.
    If your sending to a Verizon customer, use: number@vtext.com.
  3. Compose your email, but don’t write too much. SMS’ can typically only send/receive a max number of letters (about 160 characters).
  4. Send away! Your recipient should get your text message in a few seconds. 

Make sure you’re up on your lingo… see how many of these you know! 😉