EE has announced that iPhone 5 owners who are subscribed to one of its 4GEE plans are now able to use the Visual Voicemail service.

Using Visual Voicemail, EE customers can scan and manage voicemail messages straight from the iPhone's screen. This means users no longer need to call a number to receive voicemail messages, and can choose which messages to listen to first. Visual Voicemail will also show who each message is from, how long it is and when it was left.

To get access to the feature, customers need to ensure that they have updated their iPhone to iOS 6.0 or higher, and then text 'iPhone visual' to 150. The service will then be activated on the iPhone within 24 hours.

EE says that its Visual Voicemail service is completely free, and customers are able to switch it off by texting 'iPhone visual off' to 150 if they decide they prefer the old method of listening to messages.

Those customers on an Orange or T-Mobile contract, both now part of EE, are not yet able to use Visual Voicemail, although an EE spokesperson told CNET: "We're rolling out Visual Voicemail in a controlled manner starting with customers on the new superfast EE brand. We aim to offer it to Orange customers in the forthcoming weeks."

However, the spokesperson said that EE is "reviewing Visual Voicemail for roll out to T-Mobile customers at a later stage."

For O2 customers, Visual Voicemail is already available on iPhones subscribed to a pay monthly tariff.

There's no word yet about whether other UK iPhone operators will make the feature available soon, although Apple actually first unveiled the service back in 2007, so it's about time.

Here's Steve Jobs unveiling Visual Voicemail for iPhone at a keynote back in 2007 when the first iPhone was launched.

For more information about how to get the service on your 4GEE iPhone 5, you can visit EE's Visual Voicemail page.

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