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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

Celebrate St Patrick’s With HulloMail!

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

In tribute to St Patrick’s Day this weekend, we’re offering you Twitter go-ers a chance to win 6 months’ FREE subscription to HulloMail SmartVoicemail, with a twist!

Only 7 lucky people will win (7’s a lucky number, right?) – one for each day of the week. To be in with a chance, simply log on to Twitter, ensure you’re following us (@HulloMail), and tweet or re-tweet our special St Patrick’s Day message, which will be posted on Twitter today! Make sure you do not change the tweet in any way, simply re-tweet, or it won’t count:

Celebrate St Patrick’s! Retweet for a chance to win 6months’ FREE subscription to HulloMail! #HulloMail #StPatricks

The competition will last from today’s date, 15th March 2012, until midnight on the 21st March 2012. Make sure you’re re-tweeting our special message during and between these days!

It only takes 5 minutes to participate, and ultimately, what have you got to lose?

Happy St Patrick’s everyone!

St Patrick’s Day Offer Terms & Conditions:

– Only 7 winners will be chosen, for each day of the week commencing 15/03/2012 until midnight (UK time) on the 21/03/2012

– Open for all UK, US and Ireland residents

– Any re-tweets after the closing date will not be counted

– The tweet must remain exactly as HulloMail provides, without any changes or removal of text

– The 7 winners will be announced shortly after the competition’s closure

– Acceptance of these terms and conditions is a condition of entry and the entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions

– The promoters reserve the right, at their discretion, to exclude entrants and/or the winner(s) if she/he does not comply with any of these terms and conditions

– There are no cash alternatives to prize

– There is no purchase necessary

– The promoter’s decision will be final and binding on the entrants and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection of the winners and/or the prizes

– The promoter’s accept no responsibility for any disappointment incurred of suffered by you as a result of you entering the competition or accepting the prize

– This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. You are providing your information to HulloMail and not to Twitter

– Events may occur that render the competition itself of the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and accordingly the promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion. The entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the promoter as a result thereof

– Upon winning 6 months’ subscription to HulloMail SmartVoicemail, the subscription duration will be added onto the end of any current subscription the entrant may have

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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Android catches up with iPhone and outshines BlackBerry

November 11, 2011 1 comment

We have recently witnessed an interesting transition with regards to the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android smartphones. As you know, these are our main supported devices at HulloMail, and there has been a shift with regards to ‘ranking’, as it were, amongst subscribers in the US.

One year ago, we observed the number of subscribers to Android beginning to increase. This has accelerated dramatically within the last 3 months – surpassing BlackBerry subscribers. The iPhone, however, has remained a comfortable constant and continues to be our app’s highest grossing device out of the three.

The following article depicts the shift in subscriptions with regards to BlackBerry devices in the US, and makes for an interesting read: http://bit.ly/rAQRT

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!

>Awards, Awards, Awards

May 18, 2010 Leave a comment

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It’s turning into a great month here at HulloMail. We ended April and began May with our BlackBerry App being featured app on BlackBerry App World, which resulted in a surge in registrations especially from our 83xx and 85xx users.
AND…
We’re pleased to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist for the Red Herring 100 Europe Awards, which honours the 100 most innovative and promising technology start-ups from across Europe.
Red Herring analysed hundreds of cutting-edge companies and technologies and selected those who they felt are positioned to grow at an explosive rate. The resulting two hundred finalists have been invited to attend an Awards dinner in Paris, France on 27 May 2010, where the Top 100 winners will be announced.
Andy Munarriz, our founder and CEO: “Since we launched HulloMail to consumers a year ago, we have seen a massive increase in appetite and downloads of our apps for BlackBerry, Android and iPhone. Ultimately, we have created a service that suits the way people want to interact today – quickly, without fuss and, ideally, for free. Therefore, to be recognised by Red Herring as one of the most innovative technology start-ups is amazing and I look forward to hearing the outcome of the Awards on 27 May.”
“This year was especially difficult,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “Despite the global economic situation, there were many great companies producing really innovative and amazing products that we had a difficult time narrowing the pool and selecting the finalists. HulloMail shows great promise therefore deserves to be among the Finalists. Now we’re faced with the difficult task of selecting the Top 100 winners of Red Herring Europe award. We know that this year’s crop will grow into some amazing companies that are sure to go far.”
Wish us luck next week!