Create a "cheat sheet" like this to let friends access your Wi-Fi easily
When friends come to visit, it’s increasingly handy to let them connect their smartphones and tablets to your Wi-Fi network. Whether they want to share amusing YouTube clips, download the latest and greatest apps/games you’ve been discussing or just access web and email, Wi-Fi usually makes it quicker than relying on the mobile phone network. There’s another benefit if they’ve got an iPhone/iPad and your house has an Apple TV as part of your audio/video setup. By connecting their Apple gadget to your network, they can beam their choice of music, videos or photos to your TV/hifi wirelessly using AirPlay. It’s really simple and makes media sharing much more immersive than passing someone’s iPhone or iPad around.
Apple revolutionised voicemail with the iPhone. Rather than the traditional approach of calling your voicemail service and listening to each message in turn, “Visual Voicemail” brings the ability to see voicemails in a list (like an email inbox). At last you can tell at a glance who called you when, and listen to your messages in the order you want rather than the order they were left. Even better – since the messages are downloaded onto your phone – you can listen to them even if you’re out of coverage and unable to dial into your voicemail. This is fantastic for areas of poor reception where calls can be hit-or-miss – for example the office where I’m spending most of my days at the moment.
Sadly, VisualVoicemail is not offered by Orange UK (my mobile provider). Vodafone UK users are similarly out of luck. Only O2 (the original and erstwhile-exclusive UK iPhone purveyor) bothered decided to upgrade its systems to offer VisualVoicemail. Naturally, Orange and Vodafone keep this quiet and still charge full-Apple-whack despite their second-rate voicemail service.
Maybe one day the cheapskates/laggards will get around to supporting VisualVoicemail. In the meantime, thankfully, there is a workable alternative in the shape of HulloMail – essentially an app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other smartphones. It’s even free-of-charge, if you can put up with ads and limited storage – otherwise pay a few quid for the ad-free version. It might not be quite as slick-looking or as snappily named as the original Apple offering, but it’s available. It works. I like it. Read all about it.
PS: It was Orange that prompted this post. They sent me an iPhone survey from their Better Together community, asking if I’d heard of Visual Voicemail and if I’d use it. Too right. Bring it on. At least I’ve got HulloMail in the meantime…
My iPhone 3GS doesn’t speak English as I know it. The “Favorites”, “Airplane Mode” and “Carrier” menu items to my mind should be “Favourites”, “Flight-safe Mode” and “Network”. Odd that my iPhone knows how to space UK telephone numbers correctly (I know few people who do), and how to correct my spelling in text messages, but lets itself down with its own menu terminology. Ho hum. At least the upgrade to iOS4 is free – bring on 21st June. When my third-party apps can multitask, I’m bound to get more done 🙂
Sorry if you lost all your data recently, it was my fault. The Google app on my iPhone had stopped working, so I deleted it in order to reinstall. Here’s what my iPhone asked me…
I pressed “Delete” and in a flash it was gone, with all your data too presumably. I must say, you seemed to restore all your data with lightning speed – because my next Google search worked fine. Keep up the good work.