Once upon a time I unlocked my iPhone 3GS and used it on T-Mobile in order avoid AT&T’s more expensive service.

It was a decent experience, but two noteworthy flaws marred it. Number one; I obviously had no 3G-network access since the iPhone doesn’t contain the circuitry needed to piggyback T-Mobile’s 3G network. Number two; I had no access to Visual Voicemail.

Of course there’s no way to fix problem number one, that’s an inherent issue regarding hardware. Problem number two, though, is fixable.

In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to use the jailbroken version of YouMail to get real visual voicemail on your iPhone for free…

How to get visual voicemail on T-Mobile

Step 1: You need a jailbroken iPhone, so if you haven’t done so already, hop over to our jailbreak page and learn how to do so.
Step 2: Download YouMail from Cydia
Step 3: Navigate to your Phone app, and tap the ‘YouMail’ tab to setup your visual voicemail.

Following these steps will essentially bypass your carrier-based voicemail in favor of YouMail. You can visit YouMail’s website to learn more about the service. The core features are free, but there are some premium only features you can acquire for a small yearly fee.

If I was still on T-Mobile, I’d jump on this in two shakes of a donkey’s tail. What about you?

  • T-mobiPhone

    unfortunately, it doesnt work with flex pay or pre paid plans :/

    • What do you mean?

      • Ddev

        Pre pay plan doesn’t have the call fardwarding option.. N it sucks.. I have been trying for last one week, it doesn’t work..
        I called the coustumer service n they don’t provide that facility to pre-pay plans…
        Let me know if Guys have any other soln.

  • Dustin

    What about other carriers outside the U.S?

    • Unfortunately YouMail doesn’t work outside of the US. But there may be other solutions available soon.

      • Eric

        Does not work on my iPhone 4 with 4.3.3 JB on ATT. Pin wheel just keeps spinning as it tries to download VM. Any ideas?

    • Frankie

      Try HulloMail if you are outside the US

  • Ike

    Youmail is in the AppStore….is there a difference in the one Cydia has?

    • Darrin

      With cydias you can implement it in to the caller/phone app and it takes the spot of the voice mail button

  • Eric

    Does not work on my iPhone 4 with 4.3.3 JB on ATT. Pin wheel just keeps spinning as it tries to download VM.

  • I’m already doing the same thing with voxox, and its all free. The app is in the regular app store… gives you free voicemail transcription, visual voicemail, and way more stuff too. voxox.com is their website.

  • Frankie

    If any of you are based in the UK, try HulloMail, compatible with contract and pay as you go. I’m using it with T-mobile UK and works a charm!

    Ahh, is free in the Appstore

  • The one crappy thing about flexpay no call forwarding !!!

  • Rasta

    Jeff, I got this working and it looks great however, when I get calls the voicemails aren’t getting forwarded to my phone. Nothing shows up in my phone app. The only way I can see I have voicemails or listen to them is by going into the website.

    • Weird. Did you get any errors with setup? Are you on a T-Mobile post paid plan, or flex?

      • Rasta

        No errors at all. I’m on just a tmobile regular plan. Any ideas?

  • Christophe

    and for frenchies… any idea? hullomail is for UK or US only 🙁

  • MALdito

    How much does this cost?

    • MALdito

      I know it says its free, but is it just free to download and then you have to pay for the services? Would they charge you through your cell phone company? I would like to try this out but I’m not sure about how it works. Please respond!

      • Britta

        It’s free to download and use. There is no charge via your carrier. You’ll still be using your plan minutes when you access your voicemail. You can voluntarily sign up for paid extra features on the Youmail website, like high-quality transcription.

  • MALdito

    Thanks 🙂 !

  • surraaa

    Or you can just download it from the App Store….I’ve had this app for years.

  • Since it doesn’t work on flexpay, any idea on how to remove it from a jailbroken iphone 3gs? The VVM screen is still on the phone when i try to call my regular VM. And i get VM msgs a day late. Some1 plz help!!!

    • Anonymous

      Hey peache’Z let me know if you have fixed the problem contact me at jricalday@aol.com I idid the same thing and it did not work… now i cannot even listen to my own messages. Before I was able to press voicemail and it would take to voicemail without my password, then after downloading the youmail app, it mess it up and i need to call my own phone number, and now i that i call my voicemail i cannot listen to my messages at all. Does someone know how to fix this?? Please let me know you got my email on the first sentence. Thanks Javster

  • Is there a way to turn off the speaker when listening to the messages?

  • i download on cydia but doesny have anychanges on my phone app !!

  • Danni

    It did not replace the voicemail box on my 4s. ;(