U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Cell Phones and Smartphones
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-13-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: DFW
6,882 posts, read 12,882,581 times
Reputation: 5330

Advertisements

Why I hate voicemail:

- I call someone in order to talk to them right then. If that's not possible, email is a much better alternative. See below.

- It's very time consuming to hear the same inaudible message over and over again to get what the other person is saying esp. when they're a fast speaker and/or have a bad connection.

- You can't scroll back like you would with, say, an MP3.

- The interface is very primitive (having to enter numeric commands rather than going into an app and hitting "play voicemail", "delete", "save", etc.)

If there's any sort of app that'll automatically download all voicemails, convert them to MP3, and forward to an email address, that'll be a huge lifesaver even if it costs a fortune.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-13-2011, 10:39 PM
 
24,497 posts, read 37,751,299 times
Reputation: 12881
Quote:
Originally Posted by ragnarkar View Post
Why I hate voicemail:

- I call someone in order to talk to them right then. If that's not possible, email is a much better alternative. See below.
If it's a perso
nal call (not for business), then most people just follow up with a text message rather than leaving a voicemail or sending an email. Heck, for personal calls, email followups are pretty much deprecated.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ragnarkar View Post
- It's very time consuming to hear the same inaudible message over and over again to get what the other person is saying esp. when they're a fast speaker and/or have a bad connection.

- You can't scroll back like you would with, say, an MP3.
Check with your provider. Verizon, ATT, Tmobile and Sprint allow you to rewind and forward voicemail. On Sprint, 5 and 6 are rewind and forward. You can see the remaining keys on page 101 of the following link:

http://support.sprint.com/global/pdf...htc_evo_ug.pdf

Quote:
Originally Posted by ragnarkar View Post

- The interface is very primitive (having to enter numeric commands rather than going into an app and hitting "play voicemail", "delete", "save", etc.)
I have an old phone (treo 800W) and even my phone shows all the option on the screen. It has Play, Fast forward, reqind, stop, etc buttons displayed on the screen. You don't have to use the keypad and can just touch the screen on thr appropriate buttons. I'm certain modern phones have the same.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ragnarkar View Post

If there's any sort of app that'll automatically download all voicemails, convert them to MP3, and forward to an email address, that'll be a huge lifesaver even if it costs a fortune.
I don't know this one.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-14-2011, 05:18 AM
 
10,814 posts, read 19,290,272 times
Reputation: 10368
I can'tstand all the crap I have to sit through before I can leave a message, especially the part telling me to hang up after I leave my message, are people that stupid that that needs to be said?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-14-2011, 01:13 PM
 
24,497 posts, read 37,751,299 times
Reputation: 12881
Quote:
Originally Posted by NHDave View Post
I can'tstand all the crap I have to sit through before I can leave a message, especially the part telling me to hang up after I leave my message, are people that stupid that that needs to be said?
Lol, I hear ya. I just hang up before it even starts and send a text. So much easier.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-14-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
5,884 posts, read 11,748,217 times
Reputation: 3951
text is easier and clearer
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-14-2011, 02:13 PM
 
1,826 posts, read 4,908,973 times
Reputation: 1690
Google Voice transcribes voice messages and texts them to you. It is usually pretty accurate, but a 3 minute "butt-dial" I received from a girl was translated from in-pocket noises to this:
Quote:
Hey hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello tom. Yeah. Hello, Okay, hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello. Bye hello hello hello hello hello.


Google voice becomes your primary number and then you can choose to forward calls to one or many other numbers however you choose.

Some wireless providers may include a visual voicemail service that includes transcribing voice messages into text messages as well.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-14-2011, 02:29 PM
 
9,238 posts, read 20,595,874 times
Reputation: 22392
I hate, hate, hate the Verizon VM message that comes on after the person's voice greeting ends. It goes on & on, something like "to leave a numeric page press ---. Begin recording your message at the tone. When you're finished recording, you may hang up, or press 1 for more options."

Okay, my buddy's voice just said to leave a message, so you didn't have to say that. Plus, I think that since, oh, say, 1983, we all know to wait for the tone. And who, who I ask you, ever hits 1 for more options????

I think I read that you can hit * when you first hear your friend's voice start yammering, and cut right to the beep. But I haven't tried it yet, as I usually just hang up.


Oh, and the WORST voice mail thing is when the friend you're trying to call insists on playing music for you, both before and after she yammers about leaving a message. My sister (I don't know what carrier she has) actually has a message that says in a robot voice "enjoy this music while we place your call." Then instead of hearing the phone ring, you get to hear obscure 80s songs.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-15-2011, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
37,591 posts, read 65,173,210 times
Reputation: 37922
It is such an old school revenue builder for cell companies. Verizon is the perfect example. I have a couple of "Options" I would like to explore with them......

They have 52-55 seconds of unnecessary blather, and then challenge you to leave a message in 5 seconds or less, just so they can tack on a 2nd minute to the bill.
Lame. Very lame.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-20-2011, 11:37 AM
 
242 posts, read 474,781 times
Reputation: 217
i personally LOVE the voicemails i get from my mom..."Hey, its me. call me back" LOL! i have caller ID...no need for that message, mom! she does it every time i miss her call!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-20-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: FL
1,137 posts, read 2,730,857 times
Reputation: 789
Never set up or use voicemail on my cell, texting much more appropriate and easier to use.
Had a job that would use up my limited minutes (250) and they thought nothing of it, am no longer working with them due to their lack of respect. Actually think it caused me to HATE my bosses!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Cell Phones and Smartphones
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top