YouMail

YouMail announced this morning a new partnership with online retailer LetsTalk.com, which will preload the visual voicemail app on select Android and Blackberry devices sold through its site. In addition, LetsTalk.com will power the YouMail Online Store, which will be accessible through YouMail and will be custom tailored to your current carrier and plan. The announcement comes on the heels of a well-publicized tiff between YouMail and T-Mobile, which resulted in the app being yanked from Android Market early last month. Hit the break for YouMail's official announcement.

YouMail and LetsTalk.com Form Power Play

YouMail Online Store Powered by LetsTalk.com -- LetsTalk.com preloading YouMail on select Android and BlackBerry Phones

IRVINE, Calif.  – January 18, 2012 – YouMail, a leading provider of cloud-based, enhanced telecommunication services, and LetsTalk.com, a leading online retailer of cell phones, wireless devices, and service plans, have agreed to offer their services to each others’ customers.  As part of the agreement YouMail’s Visual Voicemail will be preloaded onto many Android and Blackberry devices sold through the LetsTalk.com website while existing YouMail customers will now have the ability to purchase devices and services online from LetsTalk.com.

YouMail’s new online mobile store (http://wireless.youmail.com) will be powered and run by LetsTalk.com.  Subscribers to the company’s unique Visual Voicemail service can purchase mobile phones, wireless devices and services from the online marketplace currently available through LetsTalk.com.  When visiting the online store YouMail users will automatically receive a custom view of the store that pertains to their existing carrier and device.

“YouMail interacts every day with its smartphone-based subscribers making it a valuable platform for delivering mobile services,” said Alex Quilici, YouMail’s CEO. “LetsTalk.com allows us to quickly offer our customers a compelling buying experience, complementing the  services we develop ourselves with other relevant ones they want.”

LetsTalk.com is now preloading YouMail’s feature-rich Visual Voicemail Plus application on many of the Android and BlackBerry smartphones sold by the company.   This provides LetsTalk.com customers with a simple “one-click” process for upgrading their basic carrier voicemail to YouMail.


“We’re pleased to provide a mobile store for YouMail,” said Dave Frame, Chief Marketing Officer of Letstalk.com.  “YouMail’s audience is mobile and smartphone savvy, making it the perfect audience to take advantage of our special offers by providing them with the ability to shop online, away from the pressure of retail stores. With YouMail we now have a valuable added bonus for our customers: a state-of-the-art visual voicemail service that’s only one click away.”

Quilici said this distribution agreement presents his company with an opportunity to further showcase its popular, free Visual Voicemail app to more consumers, more quickly.

Since 2009, YouMail’s Visual Voicemail Plus app has been downloaded more than three million times and had 75 million distinct callers interact with the company’s service.

YouMail’s Visual Voicemail application has numerous innovative and popular features, including:

-       Visual Caller ID, which visually identifies most callers with an appropriate image (such as a Facebook photo) and name, even when they’re not in a user’s address book.

-       Smart Greetings, which automatically greets callers by name with little or no setup.

-       Simple Sharing, which allows users to post interesting voicemails to Facebook and Twitter in just a few clicks from anywhere.

-       Any Device Access, which lets users pick up their mobile voicemail on phones, tablets, computers, or even through e-mail or text messages.

YouMail can be downloaded free of charge by smartphone owners on major U.S. wireless carriers. It currently supports iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices, as well as third-party applications developed for other mobile operating systems such as Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 6.5 and WebOS.

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About YouMail (http://www.youmail.com)

YouMail, Inc., is the leading provider of cloud-based enhanced telecommunication services.  YouMail’s completely free flagship Visual Voicemail Plus application offers a true multi-platform, unified and social voicemail experience for its users on BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, WebOS, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 6.5 platforms, and is being increasingly adopted by consumers and by carriers as either the default or recommended voicemail service.  WhoAreYou is the company’s completely free Visual Caller ID application for Android phones, which is revolutionizing the incoming call experience.   Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., YouMail is backed by VantagePoint Capital Partners, the Tech Coast Angels, the Tech Coast Angels ACE Fund, Siemer Ventures, and the CrunchFund.

 
There are 6 comments

jimmycinla says:

Last thing we need is Authorized Resellers making side deals and opening up handsets and pre-loading junk on them, this is the start of something bad, especially if its not removable.

(By the way, I use YouMail and have for years)

-j-

gravage says:

I love Youmail to death and it's one of the first apps I download on every new handset and tablet, but I totally agree with you. It should never be included without our consent. While I advocate for people to use Youmail all the time, I don't push it on them.

CeluGeek says:

I just saw that yesterday and it didn't leave me with a good feeling. Is it that hard to search for YouMail in Android Market? **Spoiler alert** It isn't.

UncleMike says:

This is definitely a bad precedent to set. Are they going to be selling these handsets as NEW?

tronthedon says:

Well, I guess I'll be ordering my phones from elsewhere then.

gale7273 says:

I really love you mail, I use the email notification to get my voicemails. Totally love it!!! Love how you can give certain people different voicemail messages. I have normal people set up for working with a client, leave a message. All my other peeps have special messages.