When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, Apple also introduced "visual voicemail," which displays your incoming messages in a list. Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn't offer message forwarding. However, using a third-party service or application such as Google Voice, YouMail or Fusion Voicemail, you can forward your voice mail messages to anyone's email inbox. These services also include other features, such as the ability to check your email from any computer.
Fusion Voicemail Plus
Install the Fusion Voicemail Plus app from the iTunes App Store (see Resources). Launch the app and follow the instructions to set up a new account. Fusion Voicemail adds a "Fusion Voicemail Plus" contact to your Phone app's "Contacts" list, and you must call the "Enable FVM+" number to set up voice mail forwarding.
Launch the Fusion Voicemail Plus app and sign in. Tap "Settings" and create a voice mail greeting.
Tap "Messages" and tap the message you want to forward. Tap "Actions," tap "Forward Message," enter the recipient's email address in the lower text box and click "Send." You may also forward the message to another Fusion Voicemail Plus user by entering their registered phone number in the upper text box.
Install the Libon Voicefeed app from the iTunes App Store (see Resources). Launch the app and follow the prompts. A basic account is free, but you'll need to upgrade to the Premium account to forward audio messages. Activate forwarding by calling the "Activate Libon Voicefeed Voicemail" number in your iPhone's contact list.
Launch the Libon Voicefeed app, sign in and tap "Greetings" to create a voice mail greeting. The app enables you to create personalized greetings for specific people.
Tap "Info," tap "My Account" and tap "Edit." Set "Email notifications" to "Yes." Libon Voicefeed will send you an email message with an attached MP3 of each new voice mail, which you can forward using your iPhone's Mail app or your computer's email software.
Sign up for a Google Voice number (link in Resources), and when you're prompted to add a phone number, enter the number for your iPhone. You can also choose to use Google Voice Lite, which offers the service's voice mail features only but doesn't give you a Google Voice phone number. Porting your number to Google Voice is not necessary for using voice mail features and requires a fee.
Click the "Gear" icon on the Google Voice home page, and click "Phones." Click "Activate Google Voicemail on This Phone," and follow the instructions to send your iPhone's voice mail to your Google Voice inbox.
Sign into Google Voice, then click the "Voicemails" link in the left sidebar. Find the message you want to forward, click the "More" link below the message's transcription, click "Email," enter the email address you want to forward the message to and click "Send."
- Because these services actually replace the standard voice mail offered by your wireless carrier, you'll no longer see your voice mails in the "Phone" app. To resume using your carrier's voice mail, disable the third-party service.
- Your wireless carrier may charge for conditional call forwarding, which is necessary for using iPhone apps that offer voice mail. Check with your carrier for details.
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