ON Voicefeed: A Better Visual Voicemail

I get a lot of usage out of my iPhone because I use it for both work and home. One of the things that I rely on the most is the voicemail aspect of the phone, especially for work. I get lots of important phone calls and messages that I would love to make sure I save and store for later.

One of the things that I have wanted to do for such a long time is somehow customize my iPhone so that it can properly function as a work phone and a personal one as well. I don’t ever think I will truly get there, but I have been using ON Voicefeed for a little while and it is about the closest thing to help me with this conundrum.

What Is ON Voicefeed?

First of all, it’s not one of those apps that a lot of people are wowed by or excited about. Basically, it is an application for visual voicemail, which Apple made popular when they first came out with the iPhone. But there are things that are lacking in Apple’s version of the concept, and ON Voicefeed took advantage of that and made it better.

Setting It Up

The first thing you need to do is to download the iPhone app and setup an ON Voicefeed account. Once this is done, your contacts from your iPhone are imported into the app and you can also import your Twitter and Facebook friends as well. When this is all set up, you can now begin to start using the app to its full potential.

Homescreen

Homescreen

Voicemail is the main feature of this application and one of the greatest things about it is being able to customize it for certain people. For example, I can have a voicemail greeting that goes out to all my friends and family, and I can have a different one that goes out to people from work. For me, this was hands down the best feature of the application because now I can have different greetings, get all my calls in one place, and not feel like my work colleagues need to hear my personal greeting and wonder if they can leave a message or not and vice versa.

Using The App

Now that you have your voicemail greetings setup and your contacts in the app, you can now just sit back and let ON Voicefeed do its thing for you. If you have ever used Google Voice, you will notice that a lot of the visual voicemail features are similar. When someone calls and leaves a message you can set up notifications to where you can get an email or get notified from the app itself that you have a voicemail.

Messages

Messages

Another feature that I liked is that voicemails can be transcribed so that you can read them from within the app if you wanted to. This feature is still in beta, but it actually works pretty well and it was more consistent than Google voice, in my experience. Voice messages can also be listened to and you can also return phone calls as well as message the person you need to from within the app. You can also view them online at the ON Voicefeed website and interact with and setup your contact groups.

Voicemail

Voicemail

One last feature that is great to have, is that if any of your contacts have ON Voicefeed, you can text them from within the app for free. The only caveat here is that you are going to need to convince your iPhone toting friends to use this, otherwise this feature is useless to you.

Contact Page

Contact Page

Going Premium

Every feature that I have mentioned up until now is free to use, but as you know, these companies need to make money somehow. So ON Voicefeed has a premium subscription that you can buy if you so choose to. You can create an unlimited amount of voice greetings for your contacts, your voicemails are stored forever and you can get email notifications about a voicemail and listen to them right from within the email. All of this will cost you $9.99 a year to have, which could actually be worth doing and I am highly considering it myself.

Creating your greeting

Creating your greeting

Final Thoughts

I really like using this app and I have been using it as my full time voicemail application. The two features that really draw me to it are the customized voicemails and the transcription. These make life easier for me when it comes to using my iPhone for both work and home. The user interface could use a little work and the app is somewhat slow at times. I would like to see more than just one subscription plan that is offered to customers. I wish there was something in the $5 range, as I think that would attract more customers.

Overall, if you are looking for a good voicemail app, this one is good to try out to see if it will work for you. I would love to see the app continually be updated because I think this is a space that if someone really wanted to do something special, they could. Go and download it from the App Store for free and let us know what you think of it.


Summary

This is a visual voicemail app for the iPhone that you can create custom greetings for and get your voicemails transcribed.

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