YouMail and Grandcentral (recently purchased by Google, Inc.) are both incredibly powerful additions for your cell phone network (sorry no skype, vonage, or AOL numbers work here) that let you individualize messages for groups, freinds, family, single callers, unknown callers, and all of this is kept neatly in an address book. Now, iCant REALLY talk about Grandcentral yet as it is in beta, and like other web 2.0 services such as joost, or even gmail Waaay back in the day (like 20 months ago) YOU NEED, (drumroll) an invite.
So, I’m still waiting on that baby. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal seems to like it more than you mail, and with the visual voicemail, calandar, and contact integration, i can see why. it seems like Apple vCards 7 mail could be integrated, but with the 3rd party iphone app attitude, its a tough call. BUT, i still like YouMail. It gives you 100 times more phone power for your money and guess what, its FREE.
For instance i have Duke Nuke’m set up to say, something about how “He does two things, kick ass and bubble gum, and he is all out of gum” for my friend Greg, so when he calls he’ll be pretty damn surprised and likely laugh at the zany message on my normally business standard phone message. BUT guess what? IT still is for anyone else. So if a client or job calls me back, they will get my message meant for people that i don’t know. And if an old freind calls, same thing, any unknowncaller will get this top notch message. You Mail has many for the office, and are somewhat light on entertainment, simpsons, scarface, barbershop quartets, sex sounds, sultry message, messages in Italian, Russian, Spanish, Multi-Lingual Phone service personal names (mike, kathy, jenny, anna, etc.) and sports teams, like the packers, bears, etc.
Overall, YouMail is a good service, and if you spend time on your computer, a great alternative to answering your phone as it is a better screening service that keeps every details logged and mp3 ready for those drunk dials, and really, if you meet someone or know someone you don’t like and have their number, log it, and give them a “ditch” email, either one with humor, or one that says you must deposit 25 cents in order to continue a call. Which on a cell phone is impossible, they don’t tak 25 cents, its fun and convient, so check out YouMail, it won’t even cost you a dime.