Vonage Mobile Takes "Leave a Message" to a Whole New Level with a Unique Video Messaging Feature

First to Offer Users a Video Message Option When an Audio Call Goes Unanswered

Nov 13, 2013, 08:30 ET from Vonage

HOLMDEL, N.J., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vonage Mobile® has introduced a new video messaging feature that provides users with the option to easily leave a video message instead of a traditional voicemail when an audio call to another app user goes unanswered. Vonage Mobile is the first communications app to offer this option.

The number of people leaving and listening to voicemail has declined significantly over the past several years1 as people have become frustrated with the voicemail process and defaulted to text messaging. While texting is an effective way to get a message to someone, texts lack emotion. Vonage Mobile's unique video messaging functionality provides a fresh and convenient way to leave a message that brings a user's voice to life in a manner that is interesting and fun for the recipient.

"When you call friends and family, reaching their voicemail is disappointing, and leaving one can be ineffective," said Grady Leno, vice president of Product Management, Mobile Services for Vonage. "But there's something about getting a video message that peaks curiosity and compels people to view it, so your message can break through voicemail indifference and engage the recipient. We believe our video voicemail functionality will give people a reason to look forward to leaving and receiving 'voicemail'."  

A Closer Look at Video Messaging

Vonage Mobile users can leave video messages for friends and family who are also app users from anywhere in the world, even when time, distance and missed calls keep them from sharing life experiences in the moment. Vonage Mobile's video messaging feature also includes the ability to:

  • Create and send video messages when a video call is unanswered
  • Send video messages that are created in the app or from the phone's video library
  • Save video messages received to their video library 
  • Record messages up to 60 seconds long

About the Vonage Mobile App

Vonage Mobile remains one of the most comprehensive over-the-top (OTT) communications apps available for iOS and Android™ devices, delivering high-quality, free2 app-to-app voice, video and messaging communications across Wi-Fi and data networks worldwide.

Additional features include:  

  • Free2 photo and location sharing with other Vonage Mobile users worldwide
  • Ultra low-cost international long-distance calling to any phone in more than 200 countries
  • In-app purchase of long-distance calling credits
  • Seamless use of existing mobile phone identity and contact list
  • Hands-free calling using Bluetooth™

For more information about Vonage Mobile, please visit www.vonagemobile.com.

About Vonage

Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of communications services connecting individuals through cloud-connected devices worldwide. Our technology serves approximately 2.4 million subscribers. We provide feature-rich, affordable communication solutions that offer flexibility, portability and ease-of-use for both landline and mobile phones. Our Vonage World plan offers unlimited calling to more than 60 countries with popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and visual voicemail - for one low monthly rate. Our Vonage Mobile app is a free downloadable app for iPhone® and Android™ that lets users talk, text and video chat worldwide for free with anyone else who uses the app. Vonage's service is sold on the web and through regional and national retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, Kmart and Sears, and is available to customers in the U.S. (www.vonage.com), Canada (www.vonage.ca) and the United Kingdom (www.vonage.co.uk).

Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage® is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing LLC., owned by Vonage America Inc.

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1Vonage saw an 8% drop in voicemail messages left and a 14% drop in voicemail retrievals year over year (July 2012).  

2 Data rates may apply.