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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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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

>NEW for December 2010, Ad-supported and paid-for HulloMail Applications

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

>You will have received an email this week announcing some slight changes to our HulloMail applications, so we thought we would take this opportunity to provide you with a little more information.
We’re committed to providing a free service and to continue to do this, this week, we are introducing advertising to our popular Android, BlackBerry and iPhone applications.  The advertising is visual and not audio, and will be included in the central message list and the message detail screen on the Android and iPhone.  For the BlackBerry, the ads will only appear on the central message list due to the lack of a message detail screen.
We understand that not everyone wants advertising so we’re also introducing ad-free, paid-for versions of all our apps. These apps will contain no advertising and will be the first in-line to receive new features planned for 2011 such as enhanced group messaging, further personalisation options and message management tools.
The price of the ad-free app is £3.99, $6.99 or €5.49 for the year depending on your country, which is the equivalent of just pence or cents per week!
This week the ads will be turned-on automatically so to keep using the free service you don’t need to do anything.  If you have already decided that ads aren’t for you then you need to delete the current version of the app from your phone, search for HulloMail Smart Voicemail in your app store, purchase it and install in the usual way –  signing in with your normal account details.  You will notice that the paid-for, ad-free versions of the applications have a different icon.



Any problem you can find the answer in the FAQ section of the website or contact support@hullomail.com who are always happy to help.

>The International Data Debate

August 10, 2010 2 comments

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From reading recent news articles, it would appear that the team at Research in Motion (RIM) has had a busy few months working with international governments in a bid to avoid data bans on their BlackBerry devices.
In particular, RIM has agreed to allow both Indian and Saudi Arabian security agencies to monitor data that is being shared by its device. So, is this a trend that we will see expand to other countries over the coming months and what does this mean for you?
We take the use of such devices for granted, however if this trend was to grow, does it make voice a more compelling medium of communication?   After all, if you are concerned about having your data tracked, perhaps the appeal of simply picking up the phone to make a quick call will become more popular?
Is a world, depicted in George Orwell’s famous novel, 1984, becoming more of a reality and in some cases the norm?  The reaction to these latest stories has been moderate; does that mean we are changing our view of privacy in this data-driven world? Maybe it’s time to return to the ‘private conversation’.
It’s an interesting topic and one that I’m sure people who regularly travel overseas will be monitoring.

 

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>HulloMail extends Voice Messaging App to all BlackBerry Curve Smartphones

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

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HulloMail™ (www.hullomail.com), voice communications innovator, has today announced that its popular voice messaging app is now supported on the whole range of BlackBerry® Curve™ smartphones, including:

  • BlackBerry® Curve™ 8300 smartphone series
  • BlackBerry® Curve™ 8500 smartphone series
  • BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone
By downloading the app from BlackBerry App World™, BlackBerry® smartphone users can now have voicemails pushed as audio files directly to their handset and send and receive instant ‘Hullo’ voice messages with friends or family, for free, both locally or internationally.

Andy Munarriz, founder and CEO, HulloMail said: “Having listened to consumer feedback, we are pleased to announce expanding our support for all models of the popular BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones. People can access the app for free by visiting BlackBerry App World. Check it out!”

The availability of the HulloMail app coincides with the recent rebrand of the service, which includes an overhaul of the look and feel of HulloMail on BlackBerry smartphones.



About HulloMail™
Formed in 2008,HulloMail™, the voice-messaging innovator, offers consumers instant voice messaging and modern voicemail applications.

The HulloMail technology, used daily by over 35 million subscribers worldwide, has been developed with an emphasis on extensive product research and consumer-led innovation. HulloMail’s services offer a quick and easy way to manage, send, receive and share voicemails and with the new Hullo feature, provide free, instant voice messaging to mobile and email.

Mobile Operators can accelerate modernisation of voicemail-based services while greatly reducing capital expenditure by utilising the HulloMail Cloud Application Managed Service Suite.

For more information, visit http://www.hullomail.com.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

 

>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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The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.
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