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Get The Gist™

May 10, 2012 9 comments

HulloMail promotes convenience. What with the sending, receiving and sharing of your voicemails being an instant process, would it be possible to make our app even better? After hearing the feedback from our loyal consumers, we came up with a solution to make the receiving and checking of voicemails an even simpler process. This is an exciting moment for us all, as we can now proudly introduce our new and long-anticipated transcription feature, Scribe™ !

ImageScribe™ is HulloMail’s new transcription service, which has a fun and interesting product under its name –  Get The Gist™, which transcribes the first 10 seconds of your voicemails, using only machines (yes no humans), to give you the gist of what the message is about, before you’ve even listened to it. Ten seconds may not sound like a lot, however it only takes a few words to express a message, so Get The Gist™ has you perfectly covered. Picture how useful this will be where it’s inconvenient to pick up the phone, have a glance at your received message and … get the gist of it! Simple.

Available only to subscribers, Scribe – Get The Gist™ can be purchased via the in-app store for £1.49 for up to 50 messages, over 30 days. That’s $1.99 in the US and €1.59 in Ireland. As with other transcription services, Scribe™ aims for the most accurate transcriptions possible, however external factors have an influence and may affect the transcription of messages – a bad phone line for example.

Enjoy the new feature! It’s going to completely change how you experience your voicemail service, in a totally awesome way.

Natalie Bell

Welcome to The H-Factor!

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

My intentions regarding my recent excitable outbursts on various social media sites have been to create the element of anticipation, wonder, and perhaps even mild confusion. I do believe that I have succeeded – if not on the excitement front then at least on confusing a great deal of people. Either way, you are all interested.

The good news is that I have not lead you all astray, and there is actually something worth your time behind all this build-up.
I present to you the HulloMail H-Factor Christmas Singing Competition!

I know what you’re thinking. “What a long-winded title…” Well to be perfectly honest with you it is simply known as ‘The H-Factor’, but some room has to be made for description. I would like to stress that The H-Factor is nothing like The X-Factor – at least not in the sense of name, nor the sense of employing a rather [incredibly] intimidating [deluded] judging panel. This is merely for some festive fun! There will be no real ‘judgement’ beyond that of deciding which entrant wins the prize.

Oh, did I forget to mention what the prize is? It’s an iPad 2 WiFi, you know, no big deal …

This is, after all, a Christmas competition – therefore all you have to do is send us your best renditions of your favourite Christmas carols, sung by you, via Hullo message!


The competition begins today and will finish at midnight (GMT) on the 3rd of January 2012, so you’ll need to warm up those vocal cords and get singing sharpish! Your recording can be one of yourself, a friend or family member, your children, a hobo on the street – anyone you like! Whoever has the best entry will win an iPad 2 Wifi plus a free subscription to HulloMail SmartVoicemail for one year – two runners up will also win a years’ subscription each.

The winner and the runners up will have their entries posted on the HulloMail Facebook page, for everyone to hear! What are you waiting for? A bus? NO. So get singing!

UK & USA residents can send Hullos here: 7777888999
Ireland residents can send Hullos here: 777888999

Alternatively, everyone can send their Hullos to this email address: hfactor@hullomail.com
Just to make your lives that bit easier. You’re welcome, you don’t have to thank me *grins in a smug manner*

If you feel you need a reminder as to how Hullo messaging works, do not fear young squire, simply visit our website for help: http://hullomail.com/uk/sendhullos.html

Merry Christmas!

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Here’s your chance to flex your creativity muscles!

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

A while back, I thought I’d give my friend Joe a call to arrange to do something, as I had not seen him in what only could have been a million years – I can’t remember what I suggested, probably to go to the pub [standard]. Or cow tipping?
Anyway, his phone rings. And rings.

He then suddenly picks up: ‘Hello?’

Elated I reply, ‘Hey Joe! How are you?’

‘I’m good and how are you?’, he inquires.

I begin to answer, preparing to discuss possible pub crawling [cow tipping?] scenarios, until I hear this obnoxiousness down the phone:

“HA! Just kidding, I’m not actually here, leave a message”, followed by the familiar ‘beep’.

Needless to say I was hurt. Well not entirely hurt but I was mildly disgruntled to say the least. Yet somewhere, Joe was undoubtedly laughing to himself, thrilled that he had managed to fool me – on top of just about everyone else [as it turned out]. He personalized his operator voicemail message deliberately just to mess with our heads, knowing the affect it would have on his sober and significantly cow-less friends.

It does go to express, however, how much fun one can get out of certain voicemail features, which leads me to my point – here at HulloMail we’re always thinking of new ways to make your voicemailing experience a pleasant one, and believe there should be fun ways in which you are able to bring your own personality to the app.

Thus, I place emphasis on our Individual Greetings feature in the paid-for app! Those of you who have subscriptions to HulloMail SmartVoicemail are able to record unique greeting messages for each of your contacts – which they will hear upon leaving you a voicemail. When you think about it, this is incredibly useful for conveying a simple message that doesn’t need a lengthy phone call to describe, such as ‘Hey Bob, I’ll be in meetings all day today, will call you back this evening.’

Perhaps you will record a fun or silly message for a sibling? Then have a separate more personal recording for your significant other. Or maybe you will follow Joe’s example and relentlessly annoy your friends to the point of them wanting no further contact? [Joe now resides in Mexico. Whether this is due to his personal commitments, or that we chased him out with pitchforks and torches, is irrelevant].

You may be thinking ‘How is this any better than standard voice-mail services, where you can record yourself in a similar way, as Joe did?’ Well my answer to you, reader, is this: firstly, it just is. Secondly, this feature’s uniqueness derives from your ability to have a different greeting per contact – it’s more personal and a lot more fun.

Make the most of the feature and be creative! And Joe, upon your return from Mexico, we’ll go on a pub-tipping-cow-crawl…[??]

Natalie Bell

Anti phone-hacking voicemail upgrade, now available for BlackBerry

November 10, 2011 3 comments

As you all know [or may not know, and if you don’t know, where have you been exactly?] today is our dear friend James Murdoch’s ‘Day of Reckoning’, as Reuters aptly phrased in their covering story yesterday morning (read their article in full here: http://reut.rs/tYfgJC).
According to Reuters, Murdoch is set to face a special committee for questioning – with regards to the recent phone-hacking scandal in which his company has been involved.

It is in light of this [and for a bunch of other nice reasons] that we beautiful people of HulloMail wish to announce the release of Access Control for BlackBerry. Having already successfully introduced our anti phone-hacking component to the iPhone and Android apps, we are pleased to say that the BlackBerry app now encompasses the same qualities . As with the iPhone and Android, this new element for BlackBerry will provide you with additional protection against phone-hacking; employing a prevention and detection mechanism that renders all unauthorised attempts to access your private messages completely pointless.

Within the BlackBerry app, Access Control offers you the option of blocking all ‘call-in-access’ to your account, so that messages can only be retrieved from within the HulloMail app itself, and your email account. You can also decide if you wish to receive a notification for each time your messages are accessed, for easy monitoring. In addition, Access Control enforces PIN entry, if you prefer to call-in to retrieve your voicemails.

Please be wary of other third-party voicemail providers who do not enforce PIN entry with their service!

In short, all our supported devices now come with the protection you need. Your messages are safe.

Natalie Bell

>We took voicemail to facebook for Android now we’ve done it again with iPhone!

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

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Just two weeks after launching the Facebook share feature on the Android app, we’ve today announced we’ve extended this new feature to the iPhone.
Our iPhone users can, for the first time, easily share voicemails directly ontotheir Facebook wall from within the app. The messages can either be a voicemailthat has been received from a contact or a Hullo (an instant voice message),which can be recorded and immediately posted onto the popular social networkingsite for friends to hear. 
The FacebookShare feature is an extremely quick and easy way to share inbound and outboundvoice messages with friends so they can hear an important update or a classicmessage.  It also offers a new wayto keep in touch with friends online; now, instead of simply reading statusupdates, users can listen to what friends have to say and, in turn, hear theirtone of voice, expression, humour, sarcasm etc. 
Andy Munarriz, our founder and CEO, said: “With the introduction of our Facebook Sharefeature for the iPhone app, we are offering a completely new way for users toshare voicemails and voice messages with their Facebook friends. It adds acompletely new and fun dimension to both voicemail and the social networkingexperience. Next time a priceless voicemail is received, both our iPhone andAndroid users now have the option to instantly share it on their Facebook pagefor their friends to enjoy. I believe that voicemail will never be the sameagain.”
The new facebook share featureis included in version 1.2, which is available to download now via iTunes today!

>HulloMail joins BlackBerry Alliance Program and releases latest version of BlackBerry App V1.1.2

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

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London, UK – HulloMail™ (www.hullomail.com), voice communications innovator, today announced it has become a member of the BlackBerry ISV (Independent Software Vendor) Alliance Program.  Participation in the alliance program deepens the product development and marketing relationship between HulloMail, which develops and markets a free, advanced voice messaging application optimized for BlackBerryâ smartphone users, and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM).
“Membership in the BlackBerry Alliance Program demonstrates HulloMail’s continued commitment to growing the technical feature set specifically for BlackBerry smartphone users,” said Andy Munarriz, founder and CEO of HulloMail.  “HulloMail’s recently enhanced app delivers everything that a smartphone user wants from a visual voicemail service, plus the added bonus of our powerful new two-way digital audio messaging capability, Hullos. We are receiving great feedback from our UK and US users and we’re excited to be working closely with RIM through the alliance program to make our advanced voice messaging service key to BlackBerry smartphone users.”

 

As a BlackBerry Alliance Select member, HulloMail can gain access to additional marketing, sales and technical resources on the BlackBerry platform. 
For further information, visit www.hullomail.com or to download the latest release of HulloMail via BlackBerry App World™ go to: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/search/hullomail.
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About HulloMail’s App for BlackBerry Smartphones:
HulloMail offers BlackBerry smartphone users a free visual voicemail application.  Features include a centralised view and management of messages with push notifications, automatic downloading and Bluetooth® support, plus unique message syncing capabilities with email compliant accounts such as Gmail, MobileMe and Microsoft® Exchange that provides an enhanced level of integration, especially with Google contacts. 
The free app also incorporates the new Hullo technology, enabling subscribers to send short digital voice messages to friends, family and colleagues without having to make a call.  HulloMail believes that Hullos will dramatically change the future of voice communication as they allow users to converse back and forth with other smartphone users, domestically or overseas, if desired, for free.* 
* Your mobile operator may charge for sending a Hullo if you exceed your monthly data allowance or you are roaming.
About HulloMail™
HulloMail™ develops and delivers smart voice messaging services for the consumer and enterprise markets.  The technology is the fastest, easiest and most flexible way for mobile users to manage their voicemail from virtually any mobile device – and the only cross platform, carrier agnostic offering to deliver the power of free two-way digital audio voice messaging, Hullos.  For more information, visit http://www.hullomail.com.          
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