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EE has just announced that iPhone 5 owners on any of its 4G tariffs can now access the visual voicemail feature on their handsets.

The service, which is not to be confused as an actual visual voicemail, i.e. video – enables iPhone users to browse their voicemails on the handset’s screen and select the one they actually want to listen to.

Existing subscribers on 4G tariffs can activate visual voicemail on their iPhones by texting ‘iPhone Visual’ to 150, which takes about 24 hours. New customers, meanwhile, can have it activated in-store or online at the point of purchase.

Although the service isn’t available to Orange and T-Mobile customers just yet, 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."

Unfortunately, T-Mobile customers will have to wait a bit longer, as EE is still reviewing possible a roll out on the network “at a later stage”.

Debuted way back in 2007 with the original iPhone, visual voicemail is also offered to iPhone owners on O2’s pay monthly tariffs.

While the announcement will please EE customers, iPhone users on networks are bound to be slightly peeved at the five-year-old feature still not being available to them.

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