On my Focus S, when I press the voicemail button it dials the voicemail service.

Do some phones skip this step, by automatically downloading the messages?


If you phone and carrier supports it, you will have Visual Voicemail enabled. I assume this is what you are talking about.

When it is enabled, you can swipe left from the Phone application to see a list of voicemails in your account. You can play or delete a single one from that screen. I don't think your phone automatically download them, but instead streams it over once you tell it to play a specific one. You can't really tell the difference though.

  • Hmm. Thanks for the pointer. AT&T's website says Visual Voicemail is included with Windows Phones on the 4G LTE plan. My phone has the 4G status icon. The instructions don't match up with the website: "look under Device instructions > Calling features > Voicemail to find out how to set up the Visual Voicemail feature on your device." There is no Calling features item. – Louis Waweru Jul 30 '12 at 16:04
  • A while ago AT&T changed there network to make 3G say 4G. Which phone do you have? If you phone supports LTE then you should have it. – user131 Jul 30 '12 at 16:08
  • Actually I found the Voicemail item, but doesn't talk about Visual Voicemail. I have a Samsung Focus S. – Louis Waweru Jul 30 '12 at 16:09
  • I don't have a reference but I think the Focus S won't get Visual Voicemail enabled until the Tango update ships. Since that is happening now, I would suspect once your phone updates you should see it. – user131 Jul 30 '12 at 16:11
  • The left-swipe gesture isn't active for me. – Louis Waweru Jul 30 '12 at 16:11

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