If you get a lot of voicemails and you're fed up with how much time you waste keeping up with them, try visual voicemail.
Visual voicemail apps transcribe your messages so you can quickly read and prioritise them without having to spend minutes or even hours listening to every one.
In this article we've rounded up some of the most useful voicemail apps with a focus on those available in New Zealand and Australia.
Built by our team here in Christchurch, Vxt is a mobile app available in New Zealand on both Android and iOS.
Aside from being the first and only visual voicemail app available in NZ on both major operating systems, Vxt also uses speech recognition software trained on the unique Kiwi accent.
The transcriptions aren't perfect but they're better than the competition and allow users to get the gist of a message without having to listen to every one. Vxt also offers really useful features including automatic voicemail to email forwarding, contact-based greetings, integrations with other apps and more.
Vxt Free is great for those of us who don't get too many voicemails but prefer to avoid the frustration of wasting heaps of time dealing with the old systems provided by the telecom companies in NZ.
For small business owners, salespeople and others who get quite a lot of voicemail Vxt has paid plans which save buckets of time and make it easier to keep up with important contacts.
Interestingly, YouMail was first developed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2006 by Zeacom but isn't available for Kiwis.
The free version of YouMail allows you to receive up to 100 messages, separated by date and contact, which you can check on your computer and your smartphone.
Google Voice and YouMail standout as market leaders amongst a wide variety of similar apps. YouMail provides a bucket
Google Voice was released in March 2009 and in unsurprising fashion is by far the most prevalent voicemail application in the world with more than 10 million installs on Android alone.
It's biggest differentiating feature is that it provides users with a digital phone number to use for calls, text messaging and voicemail. Compared to the other applications on this list Google Voice provides much more of a wrap around phone system rather than focusing on just voicemail. Google Voice isn't available everywhere. At the time of writing Voice is available in Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., the U.S. and according to their support page "Voice will soon be available in Canada.".
Hi Voicemail was one of the first visual voicemail applications available to New Zealanders when it was released on iOS in 2014. As the Android version of their application has been in development for years, I wouldn't suggest holding your breath. If you have been waiting for a voicemail app for your Android there are options including Vxt, and Spark Voicemail. Hi Voicemail has a devoted user base and is available in New Zealand.
Spark Voicemail is the latest entrant into the New Zealand market with a visual voicemail solution. As the name might suggest Spark Voicemail is only available to customers on the Spark network. Spark Voicemail is available on Android and iOS devices, was developed by Australian company Norwood Systems and has received a mixed reception since release.