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AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 will come with visual voicemail

Reader Jonathan visited his local AT&T store and not only discovered that all the sales staff had Nokia Lumia 900s, but also let him play with them.

While doing this he noticed some of the phones had Visual Voicemail enabled.

He writes:

Hi. I went to the local AT&T store today. All the salespeople had Lumia 900s and they let me play with them and explain the operating system to them. There are two things of note. First, the manger’s phone had visual voicemail. I saw it and it was there. You have a choice to use it or not. This, perhaps, collaborates with the inside word I got a week or two ago that the original delay was on Nokia’s side and had to do with voicemail. Second, they thought the phone was coming out April 1st.

One final thing that was promising: All of the employees were pumped about the phone…truly pumped. This is what WP7 has needed. For the first time, I am hopeful for the platform.

The news is consistent with the recent news from earlier this month that visual voice mail can be hacked onto current AT&T Windows Phones by provisioning the service from an LTE Android phone.  With the Nokia Lumia 900 being an LTE phone from the start the service should also be available.

One more little reason to upgrade to a Lumia 900.  Now if only AT&T could get their upgrade story straight…

Thanks Jonathan for the tip.

Hack to bring Visual Voice Mail to AT&T Windows Phones

We reported some months ago that, while Mango brought support for Visual Voice Mail to Windows Phone, AT&T was not working on implementing it, despite support by T-Mobile.

Now a hack has shown that Windows Phone already has all the right plumbing to make it work, and AT&T simply needs to allow Windows Phones to register for Voice Mail on their system.

For the hack to work the phone needs to be running Windows Phone Build 8107 which is likely the most complicated part of the hack (some instructions can be found here). One also need to borrow an Android LTE phone to register Visual Voice Mail on AT&T’s system  and edit the APN settings on your Windows Phone, but people who tried it report in this XDA-Developers thread  that it works pretty well.

The instructions are as follows:

1. Update your phone to 7740
2. Update to 8107
3. Insert sim card into an AT&T Android LTE phone 
4. Go to att.com and switch plan to Data Pro 4g LTE plan. If the website does not work you may need to call customer support.
5. Setup VVM on the borrowed Android LTE phone (make sure your  friend knows the VM password so they can re-add it when they put their sim card back in.)
6.Insert sim card back into Windows Phone
7. Call Voicemail
8. Wait for VVM to show up on phone (mine showed up after calling voicemail).
9. If sync error, edit the APN as follows

APN settings (delete the internet_line APN)
Create a new APN

APN Name: pta
Profile Category: internet (always on)
APN: pta
Auth type: None
Username:
Password:
Proxy address: proxy.mobile.att.net
Proxy domain:
Proxy port: 80

Before anyone goes flashing their phone with a 8107 ROM however there is a rumour that when 8107 does eventually come to AT&T Windows Phones, it will bring Visual Voice Mail support with it, and it may be safer to simply wait it out.

Read more in this XDA-Developers thread.

No Visual Voice Mail in the works for Windows Phone 7 on AT&T (yet)

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Bad news for WP7 users on the Premier Windows Phone 7 partner, AT&T.  Despite the OS supporting visual voice mail with Windows Phone 7.5 the carrier does not have anything in “in the works as of yet”.

While the AT&T customer rep seemed rather gleeful about this there does not seem much to celebrate for Windows Phone 7 users increasingly attracted to the carrier due to the seeming monopoly it has on high end Windows Phones in USA.

See the tweet here.

Thanks Gullygod for the tip.

AT&T confirms visual voice mail for WP7.5 once again

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We have seen a tweet from AT&T confirming that they are working on Visual Voice Mail for Windows Phone 7.5, and now we have a slightly longer Facebook message saying the same.

The message provides interesting detail, such as that this was only added to Mango at a late date and therefore not included in testing, and that there will only be a “small delay“, suggesting we will see this feature implemented this year still. Great news for AT&T subscribers then.

Thanks JP for the tip.

Vodafone Australia will not be implementing visual voice mail, tethering

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An employee on the Vodafone Australia blog has confirmed the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update will  not include visual voice mails and tethering.  Interestingly this is similar to Orange France, who will also not be supporting the two features.

Both also speak of an “initial release of Mango” and a “future update” which will enable the features,  suggesting to me Tango 1 will likely bring many of the features and it is already in advanced planning stages.

Via WPCentral.com

Visual Voice Mail on Windows Phone Mango demoed on video

We were the first to show screen shots of visual voice mail in Windows Phone 7, and now Pocketnow have uploaded this video showing it in action.

The service is well integrated with the call history and appears simple and easy to use, thought I think I would have preferred if deleting messages worked a bit more like email.

Read more at Pocketnow here.

Confirmed–Mango supports visual voice mail

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vv1In May WindowsPhone8 leaked that Windows Phone 7 Mango will support visual voice mail.  Now with the beta in the hands of developers the option for activating visual voice mail has been found in the dialler settings of the software update.

The feature does not appear on all carriers, with AT&T only supporting it on on iPhones and Blackberries, but some people have been able to get it work on T-Mobile USA.

With the Mango release Windows Phone 7 is rapidly closing in a feature parity with other major operating systems, and with Tango and Apollo on the way will hopefully leapfrog them in 2012.

Thanks lennard for the tip.

YouMail brings Visual Voicemail to Windows Phone 7

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Press Release: YouMail, Inc. (www.youmail.com) today announced that third parties have developed and released YouMail Visual Voicemail applications for Windows Phone 7, Windows 6.5, and Android. These new apps give Windows phone users a truly compelling Visual Voicemail experience, while giving Android users a new choice in interfaces and features for managing YouMail.

The Windows Phone 7 applications are  Magik Mail and Magik Mail Lite. These provide a feature-rich visual voicemail experience, similar to the official YouMail Android, iPhone and BlackBerry clients, including visual caller ID, easy message forwarding, a massive mailbox with the ability to organize messages in folders, and access to YouMail’s premium human-edited transcriptions, when enabled. They also support the ability to sign up for YouMail directly through the app. MagikMail Lite is free and ad-supported. MagikMail is a one-time $1.99 purchase that eliminates advertising on the handset application, supports a Live Tile, and provides push notification of voicemails.

Users of all of these applications have complete access to YouMail’s other features, including:

  • Manage voicemail from almost any mobile device, including through youmail.com on any computer, tablet, smart phone, or e-mail.
  • Setting up personal greetings heard only by specific family, friends, or co-workers.
  • Playing and using prerecorded greetings supplied by other YouMailers.
  • Blocking specific people from leaving voicemail.
  • Creating your own folders to help organize voicemail.
  • Connecting to Facebook, so that your friends’ pictures show up when they leave messages.
  • Easily posting messages to your Facebook wall, Twitter, or your blog.
  • Saving important voicemails forever, whether on the iPhone or computer.

All of these apps were built on top of YouMail’s public API at api.youmail.com, and run on top of YouMail’s massively scalable platform for building communication applications and services.

"We’re really pleased to see these new, third-party YouMail applications," commented CEO Alex Quilici. "These third-party developers have given users of Windows Phone devices access to the full YouMail visual voicemail experience, and Android users choice in how they use YouMail."

YouMail is available to post-paid mobile users in the US on all major carriers including AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile. YouMail can also be used to unify a user’s mobile voicemail with their voice messages from VOIP service providers such as Google Voice, MagicJack, OOMA, and Vonage.

References to Visual Voicemail found in Windows Phone 7 registry

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David K from MobilityDigest have been rooting around the Windows Phone 7 registry using some of the developer unlocked tools released a few weeks ago.

He notes that the Windows phone 7 registry is a lot smaller and less complex than the one for Windows Mobile 6.5, but still contained some interesting references to features such as VOIP, Clamshell devices and Visual Voicemail.

Of course these could be left overs from the Windows CE registry that forms the basis of Windows Phone 7, but with the registry otherwise so optimised there is some chance these features will activated with updates soon.

Read more at MobilityDigest here.

Klausner Technologies sues HTC, another Android handset getting them in trouble

htcscrumKlausner Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has filed suit against HTC Corp. for patent infringement under its U.S. Visual Voicemail patents.

The lawsuit is based on the unveiling by HTC of its Android-powered MyTouch 3G mobile phones, which use Klausner Technologies’ Visual Voicemail patented technology. Various other HTC models with the Visual Voicemail feature are already covered under Klausner Technologies Visual Voicemail patent licenses granted to certain mobile operators for their Visual Voicemail services.

Klausner Technologies currently has 27 Visual Voicemail patent licensees under its U.S., European and Asian patents, including major U.S. and European mobile operators, international cell phone manufacturers, cable/VOIP providers as well as other providers of Visual Voicemail services.

The suit has been filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas by the California law firm of Dovel & Luner.

HTC is already subject to litigation from Apple for patent infringement related to their other Android-based offerings.

Via PhoneScoop.com

Visual Voicemail for Windows Mobile comes officially to T-Mobile Germany

vvm Today at CTIA Wireless 2009 Communology announced that T-Mobile in Germany is the first customer to sign on to using their LiveMedia Visual Voicemail product. The German mobile communications company has developed a voicemail product modelled after Apple’s visual voicemail on their iPhone.

LiveMedia Visual Voicemail will first be available on a variety of smartphones sporting the Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile operating systems. “Mobile communications companies all over the world have shown considerable interest in visual voice mail and they’re looking for solutions that will enable them to deliver VVM services to a broad subscriber base,” says Communology CEO Thomas Kaehler.

Visual Voicemail (VVM) transforms voice messaging to a data service. It redefines how users access their voice mail messages. Instead of calling into a mailbox and going through the audio menu, VVM guides the user through an easy-to-use visual interface to listen to and manage messages right on their phone. They can also return the calls with a push of a button. The primary difference in the visual version of voice mail is that voice messages aren’t stored in an external server. They’re delivered to and stored on the phone via a push service using compressed files.

T-Mobile will roll out the VVM service to both prepaid and postpaid German subscribers on several  Samsung, Nokia and BlackBerry phones early this summer.

Visual Voice Mail for Orange France Windows Mobile users

As is often the case, Orange in France has created attractive mobile internet packages for the iPhone, better than what is available to other phones. Many French users signed up for the plans but without buying iPhones (easy to do online) and therefore able to continue using their more functional Windows Mobile smartphones.

Soon however these users noticed they were receiving strange text messages such as this:

STATE? Active;server=vvm.orange.fr; port=143; pw=”motdepassechiffré”; name=”336votrenuméro”

It soon became clear that this was the visual voice mail system, included in the iPhone data package, sending a text message alerting the phone to download the voice mail. It also soon became clear that the data could be plugged into any e-mail client that supported IMAP and that the voice mail could then be accessed as an .arm attachment on the phone.

User flap on the smartphonefrance.info went on to develop an application to take advantage of the discovery, and so Clementine VVM. See the video below of the app, currently on version 0.9 in action.

Read more about the development of the application at smartphonefrance.info and the Clementine VVM blog here.

One does wonder if Visual Voice Mail works the same all round the world where this is implemented, because if it is this app is likely to work well with only slight modification. Do any of our readers know?

Let us know in the comments below.