Many years ago I had an iPhone 3G. One of the few things I liked about iOS was visual voicemail. A few days ago I thought I’d see what was out there and found a nice solution.
Check your voicemail, write down any information you don’t want to lose. You will lose your existing voicemail messages.
Go to YouMail.com and create an account. It will send you a text message with a 4 digit code, write this down. This is your new voicemail pin.
Follow their directions to change your voicemail provider from your cell phone company to YouMail.com. For Verizon you dial *713478966996.
Login to YouMail.com and change your pin number. (My Account –> My Information –> Account Security –> Change Your Pin). I recommend a long pin number. You’ll rarely need this.. but be sure to save this code somewhere. I use a password manager for mine.
Change the website to require your pin (My Account –> My Phones)
Go to Settings –> Swipe over to “Applications” –> Select Phone –> Change the voicemail number to 347-896-6000 (this makes the voicemail icon on your phone call that number instead of the default carrier based one).
Call the voicemail and set your greeting preferences. YouMail.com has some options there, learn the system and put it how you prefer.
Install MagikMail. There are two versions, a free ad supported version and a $2 ad free version.
I shared some Tweets with the developer and asked if they preferred purchasing the product, so they get $2 right now… or use the ad free version so they get money over time. They said buying the app is preferred.
Open the application and enter your phone number and your long pin.
You’ll want to pin this app to the start screen so you have easy access to your voicemail.
You are good to go!