Our $14M Series A Round and a Massive Product Launch 馃殌

Hey folks - we've got some news!

馃捀 $14M Series A to Redefine the Business Phone

We're thrilled to announce our $14M Series A funding round, led by Craft Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator, Slow Ventures, Kindred Ventures, Garage Capital, and a group of incredible angel investors.

This is a huge milestone for us as we continue on our mission to build the world鈥檚 most delightful, reliable, and smartest business phone platform.

If this sounds exciting to you, consider applying as we're hiring across the board.

Our CEO Mahyar reflected on today's milestone on our blog - check it out.

With this announcement, we are also launching our biggest product update yet. It's live on Product Hunt today 猡达笍

Here's what's new.

馃挰 Group messaging

You probably use group chats to talk to friends and family. Now you can communicate in groups on OpenPhone too. Save time and keep everyone on the same page. Plus, it's fun. Especially if you love sending GIFs as much as we do.

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馃憢 Direct messaging

Need help from your team? You can quickly DM your teammates right from the app to make collaboration faster for everyone.

You can now see when your teammates are online or away. Even better - set a custom status to share what you're up to. Maybe you're on a call with a customer or taking your dog for a walk.

If your colleagues aren't on OpenPhone yet, it's a good time to invite them 馃槈

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馃實 International calling and messaging

Many of you requested the ability to call and text people outside of the US & Canada. Good news - you can now call and text anyone in the world, at low rates. Enjoy!

馃搱 Analytics and reporting

How much time did you spend talking to customers last week? What's the busiest time of the day for your team? Get insight into these and more with OpenPhone analytics. Available as a part of our new $25 per user per month Premium plan.

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馃攳 Search

You can now find any contact, message, activity, or voicemail transcript easily. Try it out, it's pretty magical.

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鈿★笍 Integrations with HubSpot and Zapier

If you use HubSpot CRM, we've got more good news. You can now see a full picture of your customer interactions and sync data between both systems. Get early access 猡达笍

And through our Zapier integration, you can connect OpenPhone to thousands of applications you use. Airtable, Typeform, Intercom, Zendesk, you name it. If you hate manual work and want your tools to work nicely together, apply for access here 猡达笍

馃摴 Send videos, GIFs, and all sorts of files

We now support sending all types of files. Try it! If you love sending GIFs like us, type '/giphy' to pick the one that perfectly suits your conversation.

馃槏 Tons of UX improvements

As you'll be able to tell very quickly, all our OpenPhone applications look much cleaner and more streamlined. And we have a brand new website. There are lots of little details we've worked on to delight you. Here are some of them.

  • Give your phone number an emoji symbol to help you and your team distinguish it among all other numbers in your workspace. It's also way more fun!
  • Set an outgoing caller ID for your number to control what shows up when you call
  • To easily access the command bar no matter where you are in the web & desktop apps, type Command + K

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馃殌 Live on Product Hunt

Our entire team is available to answer any questions on Product Hunt today. Check us out and let us know what you think. We appreciate your support. 鈾ワ笍

Go to Product Hunt 猡达笍

馃檹 Thank you!

From the early days of聽OpenPhone, we've been incredibly fortunate to have awesome customers like you on our side. You're the reason we wake up every day to keep building and improving. We wouldn't be here without your support and we're excited to continue this journey together.

As always, we'd love to hear what you think. Let us know how we can make聽OpenPhone聽better for you.

New in iOS: Send files, videos, GIFs, contacts, and more

Using OP on iOS? It's your day! Check out what's new in our big product update.

Send GIFs via GIPHY 馃拑

We've integrated with GIPHY so you can find the perfect GIF for any situation. Want to wish your client a happy birthday? Or send a TGIF to a teammate? No problem! Just tap on the / button or type /giphy and search for the perfect GIF to express how you feel.

Who said your business phone should be boring?馃

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Send files, videos, and contacts 馃摴

You can now send and receive any and all types of content via OpenPhone. Want to share someone's contact information with a colleague? Or a quick video? You can even send a spreadsheet!

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Tighter integration with iOS 馃

iOS now recognizes OpenPhone as the communication app (about time!) so you will see OpenPhone show up as the option for sharing that picture you took or that file you have on your phone. Just go to your camera roll, pick any photo and then tap share. Hurray!

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More intelligent voicemail playback 馃帶

If you ever played back a voicemail or a call that you recorded on OpenPhone, you noticed they'll play over speaker. This isn't great, especially if you're in a public place or dealing with sensitive information. Now, OpenPhone will play via headphones or the speaker based on your selected media source. Thanks to Mallory for this suggestion!

Improved call quality (when your Internet isn't the greatest) 馃椉

We don't always have the strongest Internet connection so we've optimized the bitrate needed for calls. This will allow you to have a great call even on slower networks. Let us know what you think!

Deep-link to OpenPhone from your service 馃専

If you want to deep-link to OpenPhone from your service, you now can! For example, openphone://dial?number=4101234567 would open the dialer with the number you're passing on. Or if you want to draft a text message, use openphone://message?number=4101234567&text=Hello,%20buddy - get in touch if you'd like more info!

Bug Fixes 馃悰

  • In iOS 14 Apple changed how incoming calls show up. To be able to show you the name of the OpenPhone number on the call screen we had to come up with a clever solution. You will now see a tag representing the name of your OpenPhone number on that screen. We still love you, Apple!

  • In certain cases, contacts added via the web or desktop app wouldn't show up on mobile. We know how frustrating this can be. Fixed.

  • Sometimes you'd open the app and it would appear as if you're on a phone call (when in fact, you're not). Oops! That's fixed now.

  • Sometimes you'd get a Missed Call notification while OP is ringing. It wasn't our intention to play mind games, so we've fixed that.

  • Sometimes when you receive a message from a new contact while the app is closed and tap on the notification, OP would open the conversation screen that's empty. No more!

  • iPad users would sometimes get a crash when changing business hours or sharing a message in a conversation. Fixed!

  • Sometimes the checkmark below a sent message would overlap with the date stamp 馃槵 It's in the right place now.

  • Some of you experienced an issue with adding contact properties in the app. The app would become unresponsive. Sorry about that - fixed!


Get all these goodies in iOS 2.1.7 on the App Store. Update your app here 猡达笍

And do let us know what you think. You know how to reach us 馃槈

Text us at (855) 746 6304

New in Android: Enriched contacts, notes, delete conversations鉁

Android friends, we've good a big update for you today.

Here's what's new in Android 2.3.6:

Enriched contacts

  • We've revamped the contacts experience on Android, allowing you to add custom properties to your OpenPhone contacts.
  • You can also add internal notes to your contacts so you never miss a single detail.

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Google Contacts sync

We've made it easier to sync your Google Contacts with OpenPhone if you choose to do so. Check out Contact Settings right in the app.

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Delete conversations

You can now delete your conversations right from the app. Tap on the "More" icon inside the conversation screen and you'll be able to delete the conversation or block a contact.

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Drafts

Did you ever type something in a conversation and then have to switch to something else? You won't lose any of your drafts.

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Bluetooth connection

We've improved OpenPhone's connection with Bluetooth so that you can use any Bluetooth device for your calls. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Want to get all these? Update your app here 猡达笍

As always, let us know if you have any feedback. Text 855 746 6304

New in iOS: Snippets, GIFs, easier to block callers 馃鈥嶁檧锔

iOS users, we've got some updates for y'all today.

Snippets 鈿★笍

Tired of typing the same response over and over again? Then you should use snippets (or message templates). You can create, share, edit, and use snippets on-the-go now. And if you made a snippet with the web / desktop app, you'll be able to use it on mobile seamlessly.

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GIFs 馃拑

Love GIFs? You can now send both GIF and PNG images from the app.

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Easier to block callers and senders 馃檯馃徎鈥嶁檧锔

Hate spam? We do too! Save time by blocking a sender or a caller right from the conversation screen.

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Delete conversations 馃棏

You can now delete your conversations from the conversation list view via the "More" menu. Keep your inbox clean!

Oh, and by the way, this doesn't un-send or delete the conversation for your contact. It only deletes it from your end.

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Update your app to get all the new features 馃巵

Have feedback for us? Send us a text! 馃挰(855) 746-6304

Oh, and if you're curious to see OpenPhone in action join us for a live demo.

Admin dashboard is now mobile-friendly 鉁

As we've added a lot of useful features to the web dashboard, we've realized something.

Many of you wanted to use it on-the-go through your mobile browsers. This wasn't possible before. We had a blank screen.

Well, no more!

You can now launch your admin dashboard on your phone or tablet browser and do everything you expect:

  • Invite team members
  • Add phone numbers
  • View and modify phone number settings like auto-replies, auto-recording, and more
  • Set up integrations (Slack, email, Google Contacts, and more coming soon)
  • Make changes to your billing

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Check it out on my.openphone.co 猡达笍


Got feedback? Text us at (855) 746 6304 馃挰

New in iOS: Contacts settings, bulk select, and tons of bug fixes 馃挭

Today's 2.1.5 release has tons of improvements and fixes to make your OpenPhone contacts better.

Contacts settings 鈿欙笍

We've introduced a simple Contacts Settings menu with three explicit options for syncing your iOS contacts.

Tap on your OpenPhone account on the top left -> Settings -> Contacts to access them.

  • 馃檯馃徎鈥嶁檧锔 Don't sync your contacts at all (keep your iOS contacts completely away from OpenPhone);

  • 馃摬 Sync locally on your existing device (sync your iOS contacts with the existing device so that if someone calls or messages, you know who they are based on your iOS address book);

  • 鈽侊笍 Sync remotely (upload your contacts to OpenPhone servers so that you can see them when using OpenPhone web + desktop apps).

Bulk select for contacts 鉁

You can now select multiple contacts in order to share them or delete them from OpenPhone.

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Bug fixes 馃悰

No release is complete without bug fixes. Here's what we've fixed:

  • We had an issue on iOS with calls being dropped in some cases at the 10-11 minute mark. Sorry about that, it's solved now!

  • If you're a user with the issue of duplicate contacts from different devices, it's fixed. You can now disable contacts sync from one of your devices from the new Contacts Settings screen in the side menu.

  • If you're a new user and have multiple devices, you won't have your contacts duplicated between them.

  • Revoking access to the device contacts on iOS didn't remove them from the web app. This is solved now.

  • Rarely, you'd get a notification about a message without the content of that message. You'd have to open the app to see the content of the message. We've fixed this issue now. No more mysterious notifications.


Update your app here to get all the new stuff 馃摬

Have feedback for us? We're all ears!馃挰

Enjoy!

New in iOS: Put callers on hold + lots of bug fixes 馃槑

It's always a good day when we have an update both for iOS and Android users.

Here's what's new in 2.1.4

Put callers on hold (or call waiting) 馃

You can now put callers on hold. So if you're on an active call and have a second call coming in, you'll be able to either reject the second call or pick it up and place the original call on hold. Neat, eh?

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More details on how call waiting works (if you're interested in the nitty-gritty):

1 - If you are on a call that you've received, the second incoming call will give you the following options:

  • End the existing call and accept the new call
  • Decline the new call
  • Put the existing call on hold while you accept the second call.

While you have 2 calls happening at the same time, you can switch between them. Multitasking at its finest!

2 - If you are on a call that you've made, the new incoming call will give you the options to:

  • End the existing call and accept the new call
  • Decline the new call

3 - Call waiting currently only works on direct (non-shared) phone numbers. If you have a shared phone number and are on an existing call, your teammates will get other incoming calls to help you share the load.

Bug fixes 馃悰

This update includes fixes to the following bugs:

  • Sometimes the badge number wouldn't update after reading a message. So even though you read a message, it looked like you didn't. So annoying. Well, no more. Thanks to Jack for reporting this issue. 馃檹

  • On some devices, numbers typed through the dialpad couldn't be fully visible. We've optimized the dial screen to devices of all sizes. Enjoy!

  • Some of you reported an issue with sending screenshots through OpenPhone. Regular images were working fine. This is now fully fixed - keep those screenshots coming!

  • We also had a completely unnecessary 'x' button in the dialer that was there even if no digits were entered. We don't like clutter so that's removed now.


Update your app to get all the new stuff 馃摚

As always, let us know what you think and if you have a moment, we'd love an App Store review. We read and respond to all reviews.鈾ワ笍

New in Android: Inline reply, dialer improvements, bug fixes 馃専

Hey folks, we've got a big Android update for you today.

Here's what's new in Android 2.2.9

Reply from the notification itself 鈿★笍

You can now reply to messages directly from the notification.

If you have a quick reply for someone, no need to launch the conversation screen and open the app, respond right from the notification.

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Besides being able to reply from the notification directly, you can also:

  • Mark the conversation as Read
  • Call your contact

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Dialer user improvements 馃

We've made a lot of improvements to the dial screen to make your workflow faster.

  • Easier to switch between phone numbers if you have multiple OpenPhone numbers.
  • Contacts show up as you enter phone number digits in case we find a match in your address book.
  • Need to navigate away from the dialer screen? That's easier now, too.

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Bug fixes 馃悰

This update also includes fixes to these bugs:

  • Many of you told us the sound of the OpenPhone ringtone wasn't loud enough. We've made some optimizations on the ringtone to make sure it comes through loud & clear.
  • At the same time, the sound of pressing dialer keys was a little too loud which was distracting. Fixed that too.
  • If you log out of the app, you won't be getting notifications about new calls (sorry about that!)
  • We had a really odd issue where sometimes, audio playback on call recordings and voicemails could resume randomly while using other applications on your device. We were able to reproduce and fix this issue for good.
  • Much easier to tell when a message was received vs sent from the conversation view. Look for the "You:" prefix. Small change, but handy when you have a busy inbox.

Update your app to get all the new stuff 馃摚

As always, let us know what you think and if you have a moment, we'd love a Play Store review. We read and respond to all reviews. 鈾ワ笍

New in the web: Snippets, Google Contacts sync, Bulk actions, and more 鈿★笍

We're launching some of your top requested features today, folks. Here's what's new.

鈿★笍 Snippets

Tired of typing the same response over and over again? Or copying and pasting?

Create message templates for common questions.

Type / in the message box to access snippets and other hidden commands.

  • /snippets to insert, create, and edit snippets
  • /invite to refer your contact to OpenPhone

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鈽濓笍 You can share snippets with the whole team so that everyone saves time and your messaging is consistent.

馃懃 Google Contacts sync

If you use Google Contacts, you'll be able to sync them with OpenPhone in a single click.

You can sync contacts from multiple Google accounts, too.

If you need to revoke access to a Google account or resync your contacts we've got you covered.

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Connect your Google Contacts 猡达笍

馃攢 Forward phone menu options to external numbers

You can now set up an auto-attendant on OpenPhone with the option to forward calls to external (non-OpenPhone) numbers.

Calls can be forwarded to any US or Canadian number - landline, someone's cell number, an answering service, etc.

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Add a phone menu here 猡达笍

鈿欙笍 Bulk actions + Contacts settings

Since we've made it possible to bring a large number of contacts into OpenPhone, we wanted to make sure you have the tools to manage them easily.

You can now:

  • Share a list of contacts with your team
  • Select and delete a list of your contacts from OpenPhone
  • Delete all of your contacts from OpenPhone
  • Manage and delete contacts uploaded via CSV files

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Access your contacts settings 猡达笍

馃嵖 Live demo + Q&A

We've started hosting live demos to show you OpenPhone in action and answer your questions.

Want to get our best tips and learn some of the lesser-known features?

Join us next week 猡达笍

(And even if you can't make it live, we'll send you the recording)


Launch your web app to get all the new stuff 馃巵

We'd love to get your thoughts and always enjoy hearing from you. We're @OpenPhoneApp on Twitter and you can text us at (855) 746-6304 鉁岋笍

Our first-ever live demo + Q&A 馃嵖

If you're new to OpenPhone, want to see it in action or curious to step up your calling & messaging game, join us on our first-ever live demo.

Date: Thursday, July 2nd at 9:30 AM PST.

You'll learn how to:

馃鈥嶁檧锔廠et up OpenPhone to fit your workflow

鈿★笍Talk and text efficiently

馃憣 Stay on top of your professional relationships

馃幆 Share the responsibility for a phone number with your team

Register here 猡达笍

Hope to see you here!

ps - even if you can't make it live we'll send you the recording!