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Every second spent listening to the incredibly slow droning of the voicemail lady is a second wasted. That's why we love visual voicemail, which allows us to see a list of our messages and who sent them. It's a feature that's only available tousers on contract with O2, however -- until HulloMail comes into your life.
HulloMail is available free for iPhones, Android phones, BlackBerries and smart phones that support push email, which includes most Nokia smart phones. We used the iPhone 4 version for this review, but we've also used the Android version.
Talk to the hand
We like to whip through our voicemails as quickly as possible, so we can get back to the soothing, impersonal interaction with our computer. So we love how HulloMail displays a quick list of VMs, which we can pare down without even having to listen to each one. That annoying ex still calling? That mate you're avoiding? That war-crimes tribunal trying to get you to turn up to some inconvenient trial in the Hague? Deleted without even having to hear a minute of their whining.
If you do want to actually listen to your messages, you can do it from the app, as well as call back. The user interface is straightforward and easy to use, and we found setting up the app with our voicemail simple, using the HulloMail Web site.
The main downside to HulloMail is that it's not integrated with the phone's dialler, as the native iPhone app is. That means you can't just hit the voicemail button on your phone to hear your messages, or launch the app to open the list of VMs. You have to open the app, just like any other, to get going -- but it's a small price to pay for such a useful feature.