Thursday, 22 July 2010

Holiday checklist: Sunscreen? Flip-Flops? Beach towel? HulloMail?

Following a survey from Post Office Travel Money which identified that hefty charges for using mobile phones abroad topped the list of "holiday rip-offs", HulloMail is offering holidaymakers a way to avoid such charges when jetting abroad for a break.  By downloading HulloMail’s free smart voicemail app in advance, it enables travellers to keep in contact with friends and family back home, at no cost. 
Before leaving the UK, users of HulloMail provide their contacts with a personal HulloMail UK number, which allows voice messages to be left without the need for calling them directly. Holidaymakers can then listen to messages using the HulloMail mobile app whilst roaming in a free WiFi location and can easily reply using a ‘Hullo’, which is a short voice message.  If friends and family are also HulloMail users they can also send Hullos directly to each other’s devices. 
When jetting off on holiday, you want peace of mind that you can make contact with friends and relatives back home, without racking up a huge phone bill.  HulloMail therefore recommends that before embarking on a break, holidaymakers download the free HulloMail smart voicemail and voice messaging app so messages can be sent and received, without incurring any charges. By accessing messages using a free WiFi spot either via the app or via your email, you can avoid unnecessary costs yet still update everyone back home on what a great time you are having by the pool!
Have a good summer everyone.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Next stop Ireland

Top o'the morning to ya!
Late last week testing began of HulloMail in Ireland.  We have managed to recruit a band of testers in the Republic who have kindly agreed to be our 'guinea pigs' in market.  We have given this intrepid group access to the Android and BlackBerry apps with iPhone to follow this week, so they can put the service through it's paces.
You have probably noticed that we have amended the HulloMail website recently to incorporate Ireland so all the details are there for when we launch the service shortly.
The Hullo Family are getting excited about filming their summer special in Dublin which will be available for launch, so watch this space.
You may ask why Ireland and not another country? Here at HulloMail we get regular requests to expand our service into new territories so that other countries can enjoy the benefits of HulloMail, particularly where operators don't support visual voicemail on any phones.
The decision was made to launch in Ireland first because we have strong links with the country and the potential user base is considerable.
When the service goes live in the coming weeks it will be available to all Irish BlackBerry, Android and iPhone users regardless of which operator they're with as all will be supported.  Unfortunately users on a pay as you go tariff will still not be able to use the service unless their operator supports unconditional diverts.
We will let you know how testing goes, but all is looking good so far.