IRVINE, Calif., July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- YouMail, Inc. (www.youmail.com), a leading provider of cloud-based communications apps and services for smartphones, today announced it has reached the remarkable milestone of answering 1 billion phone calls for its users, including 500 million since September 2010.
The company also disclosed it has achieved another key milestone in its growth trajectory by receiving new funding that brings its overall total of equity and debt financing since 2007 to $12.5 million.
"I'm proud to say this call-volume milestone means that our Visual Voicemail Plus service has answered the phone on behalf of our users more than a billion times," said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici. "And it's all driven by consumer demand for feature-rich voicemail on their smartphones from a provider that treats callers well, and lets users have complete control over their voicemail."
"Our experience shows that telecommunications has already moved into the cloud," he added. "In fact, a wide swath of the population in the United States – more than 50 million people – has experienced YouMail by calling a YouMail user at least once."
The YouMail platform supports applications for smartphones such as iPhone, BlackBerry and Google Android devices, plus third-party applications developed for other mobile operating systems, such as Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 6.5 and WebOS, as well as for the iPhone and Android platforms.
"Our call volume and the increasing number of third-party messaging applications demonstrate that YouMail is a proven communications-as-a-service platform unique in its ability to scale, to support 'freemium' economics, and to support agile mobile app development," Quilici said.
YouMail will use proceeds of the latest financing to roll out a network of mobile applications and services, expand the platform and accelerate growth of Visual Voicemail Plus, its flagship service. "This funding will help us leverage our platform and our growing user base to rapidly deploy additional applications and grow significant market share in the smartphone communications app market," Quilici said.
Participating in the latest funding were VantagePoint Capital Partners, Siemer Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels, Quilici said. Further details were not disclosed.
Pat Gallagher, a partner with VantagePoint Capital Partners, said: "We invest in transformative companies that have long-term growth potential and sustainable differentiation. YouMail has built a sizable business on the back of a single communication application, which is why we're eager to help YouMail accelerate that growth and roll out a robust set of consumer applications on its platform."
YouMail, Inc., is a leading provider of communications applications and services for smartphones. YouMail's completely free flagship Visual Voicemail Plus application offers a true multi-platform, unified and social voicemail experience for its users on BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Web OS, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 6.5 platforms, and is being increasingly adopted by consumers and by carriers as either the default or recommended voicemail service. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., YouMail is backed by VantagePoint Capital Partners, the Tech Coast Angels and Siemer Ventures.