While telephony has changed through the years – from landlines to mobiles to VoIP – voicemail has remained pretty much the same with plain vanilla functionality of receiving recorded audio messages when you can’t answer the phone.
Smart Voicemail aims to alter this perception, and attempts to be the next evolution of voicemail with status updates & availability to quickly let callers know why you missed their call.
Essentially an out-of-office or vacation responder for Windows Phone, Smart Voicemail adds a personality to the voicemail. You can set timed and quick status messages syncing seamlessly with your Google or Outlook calendar. The app features a nice, modern, and intuitive user experience with a conversation view and push-to-talk features.
Smart Voicemail's Voicemail Box service is currently not available for non-US residents. However, the app can be utilized for text and voice messaging until the service opens up. I’m also informed that for some users the confirmation text to register does not arrive. The Smart Voicemail folks are aware of the issue, and are working on it.
The app is available for free for Windows Phone 8 devices from the Windows Phone Store. Interestingly, the app was first on Windows Phone, but has now trickled to other platforms as well. Try it out, and let us know if you think if this could replace your traditional voicemail service.