The days of “leave a message after the beep” could soon be a thing of the past. New Web services are giving cellphone voice mail a fresh sound with features that let users personalize outgoing messages for individual callers and eschew unwanted calls. I’ve been testing two such free services, YouMail and GrandCentral, that let you customize phone-mail features through wireless Internet communication. They’re like your voice-mail service on steroids.
NOTE: Iâ€™ve been using YouMail since the day I read this article. Not only can you personalize outgoing messages, which is more fun (and useful) than I expected; the service can email and/or text message you when youâ€™ve received a message. Another bonus: you can listen to your voice mail online.
YouMail was easy to set up, and itâ€™s a lot of fun to use. I canâ€™t imagine ever going back to the standard Verizon voice mail service that I was content with just a week ago.