Why does Android still not have visual voicemail?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Mildredop, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    It's the area the iPhone wins hands down. Why didn't Android have a version? I'm sure there's apps, but why isn't it in the OS?
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    I don't even have visual voicemail on my iPhone and I never have. I imagine it's a lot to do with the carrier, rather than just a function of the phone/OS. I'm on T-Mob/EE in the UK, though I didn't have it with Vodafone either when I had my iPhone 4. :(

    Though if anybody can advise how I can get it, that would be amazing!
     
  3. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    If your carrier doesn't support it, you won't have it. In the USA it is pretty standard, but here in Europe we simply don't get it. I am with Vodafone here in Germany and we don't have it either.
     
  4. AppleMichael macrumors member

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    EE supports Visual Voicemail

    To activate this service just text iPhone visual to 150.

    http://ee.co.uk/help/phones-and-dev...ssaging-and-email/iphone-5---visual-voicemail
     
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Thank you so much for your assistance! Unfortunately it looks like I'm not eligible as I'm actually with T-Mobile but it uses the EE network. So I'll have to upgrade to an EE/4G plan to enable that. At least I know what I need to do now.

    Thank you again for your response. :)
     
  6. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    Android added visual voicemail (VVM) in 6.0 as per:

    https://source.android.com/devices/tech/config/voicemail.html

    I can only speak for Verizon, but using my Pixel on 7.1.1 it works fine.
     
  7. Solomani macrumors 68030

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    Odd. I have T-Mobile USA and I get visual voice mail. Not that I rely on it much.
     
  8. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Heh, T-Mob USA and T-Mob Europe are two different animals! We don't have anything close to a John Legere CEO over here. :(
     
  9. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So is it just that I use a Samsung that I don't have it? Or is it purely carrier? (I didn't have it on EE and don't have it on O2, two of the biggest networks in the UK).
     
  10. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    I think it's up to the carrier to support it. As per the link it says:

    Implementation
    The Carrier must provide a visual voicemail server implementing the OMTP VVM specifications.

    It looks like EE only supports it on the iPhone and Nokia Lumia 650.

    https://community.ee.co.uk/t5/Android/Samsung-S7-Visual-Voicemail/td-p/471339

    As far as O2, it looks like they probably only support it on the iPhone. I found a discussion for Android where the last post said they are working with Google to implement it.

    https://community.o2.co.uk/t5/Andro...l-Voicemail-on-Android-Marshmallow/m-p/937883

    Hopefully they will be able to add it soon because not having visual voicemail sounds inconvenient.
     
  11. Tig Bitties macrumors 68030

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    I have an iPhone 7 Plus on T-Mobile U.S. no Visual Voicemail here, I always have a little red notification on my phone icon, says voicemail, but I need to dial in old school to voicemail.

    Whereas my awesome Nexus 6P, has a Visual Voicemail app from T-Mobile, and it works like a charm perfectly. I looked in the Apple App Store, and no such thing from T-Mobile.

    Plus my Nexus 6P has Visual Voicemail baked into the Phone / Dialer app stock.
     
  12. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    Just use Google Voice as your visual voicemail. It's very reliable, free, and no need for any carrier plan changes or charges.
     
  13. burgman macrumors 65816

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    On my 7plus on Verizon when tap on voicemail icon there is a list of voice mails when I tap on one the transcribed text and option to play is right there. Yes it is baked in ;) maybe you have a "special" iPhone
     
  14. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I don't have it on any Android phone running 6.0.1 on T-Mobile.
     
  15. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    My wife has it on her US T Mobile S6. It is an app supplied by T Mobile but it works just about the same as on my iPhone (well, it doesn't have the transcription).
     
  16. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Yeah, in my experience it's provided via third party apps from US carriers and it's not nearly as good as the native integration (if available) on iOS. The AT&T version I've used is buggy as hell and took many attempts to set up initially.

    I've used the Google Voice equivalent in the past but found the Voice app and execution to be lacking as well. Has it improved with the newly overhauled Google Voice app?
     
  17. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This is US only, correct?
     
  18. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    Yes, you need an app on T-Mobile. I had the app and never used it. I thought people said visual voicemail was built into 6.0.1.
     
  19. grkm3 macrumors 6502a

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    I had it for a month for free on my gs7 on Verizon but now it's 2.99 a month.

    not worth it because I barely get voicemail.

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  20. Tig Bitties macrumors 68030

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    When I tap on the Voicemail tab in the Phone it automatically starts dialing a number for me to get my Voicemail, like some ancient way from ten years ago.
     
  21. burgman macrumors 65816

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    Again clearly you have a "Special" Iphone... Enjoy ;)
     
  22. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    Have been taking Google Voice/Hangouts for granted since 2011 with cloud voicemail, transcription, free unlimited inbound/outbound calls and SMS/MMS, WIFI calling, multi-line capability, access from PC and carrier free. Odd to see it's still a struggle for some.
     
  23. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    It's available in other countries too.
     
  24. DaveOP macrumors 65816

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    Nah, just not provisioned for iPhone Voicemail. I have to change all my users on Verizon when they go from Android to iOS with the proper features. IF you sim swap a lot between phones, not even worth the headache.
     
  25. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Have same problem on AT&T. I don't bother notifying them anymore when I switch since their Android vvm app is not worth the effort. Also means I'd have to reprovision when I go back to an iPhone or I won't have VoLTE or wifi calling.
     

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