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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Live Voicemail

Sometimes when your cell rings you don't feel like answering it. You hit Cancel and let it go to voicemail. Then you wait for the voicemail icon to show up, at which point you hold down the 1 until it dials your voicemail. Then you enter your 4-digit password. Then you listen to some robot. Then you hear what the person who called 5 minutes ago had to say.

Why can't it work like this:

Someone calls, you don't want to talk to them, so you hit a button on your cell to activate a Live Voicemail feature. Your cell goes into Speaker Mode, and you begin to hear your recorded greeting. You then hear, live, the caller as they leave their message. It would be just like an answering machine, and just like an answering machine you'd have the option to hit the Call button and interupt their message to begin a conversation.

The present voicemail system would remain intact, with Live Voicemail a new add-on feature that the cellular carriers could dangle in front of customers, an extra $4.99 a month. With mobile phones becoming commodities, the carriers are always desperate for new gimmicks. Why haven't they come up with this?

Blogger hipp-o thought:

cause most people arent misanthrops and answer their phone calls.

May 15, 2005 at 10:59 PM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous merkley??? thought:

dude, i do that all the time.
just answer the phone and say:

this is ______'s answering machine, please leave a message after the beep.
then you hit any button, which makes something of a beep, and then you just listen.

you'd be surprised how well it works.

good luck.

May 16, 2005 at 3:08 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mick thought:

merkley's solution is elegant; my luck it's a mesage I don't want to respond to immediately but has an important number in it that I can't conveniently commit to memory or paper! i guess that's why he wished us luck.

May 16, 2005 at 1:50 PM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous kelly thought:

i was listening to a local college radio station today, and someone was talking about this same issue. they mentioned this service:

i thought it was coincidental being i just read this in your blog ... thought about it enough to make it stick ... and agreed wholeheartedly.

i don't know about the service personally, but too much of a coincidence to not post on the blog of a total stranger whose life i read about daily.

May 18, 2005 at 1:27 AM - Comment Permalink  

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