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How to Clone the iPhone's Visual Voicemail

One of the Apple iPhone's unique innovations has apparently already spawned its first copycat solution -- enabling all mobile phone service providers to replicate the popular offering.

Acision, the messaging company for over 300 network operators and service providers worldwide, has announced the launch of Visual Voicemail, a fully integrated, easy-to-use graphical multimedia interface they say improves the current mobile voicemail experience.

Visual Voicemail is powered by Acision's uOne convergence platform and has been developed in partnership with Action Engine.

Acision's convergence platform already powers three quarters of the world's videomail users, and Visual Voicemail combines Acision's IP Voicemail and IP Videomail with Action Engine's intuitive and interactive on-device mobile portal.

Visual Voicemail enables mobile phone operators to offer simplified and enhanced viewing, playback and management of voicemail -- essentially, similar to the Apple iPhone feature. Visual Voicemail will be available on a variety of Java, BREW, and Windows Mobile handsets.

Acision Visual Voicemail solution features include:

- on-device message access -- the user can play the audio of the message on the mobile phone's built-in media player.

- a visual interface that includes the date and time of the call, urgency and caller information as available -- plus, one-click return calling.

- full voicemail management, including message archiving and deletion.

According to a company executive, unlike the current Apple iPhone implementation, Acision's Visual Voicemail also supports advertising insertion, and forwards voicemail text alerts to any e-mail address.

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