I hate voicemail


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Voicemail is dead. Please tell everyone so they’ll stop using it.

Oh, if only it were so! Voicemails are one of the most annoying time sucks in my work day.

I hate the phone. It is always an interruption. But if I don’t answer it, then there is that blinking voicemail notification staring me in the face, reminding me that I will have to listen long, rambling messages.

I would much rather quickly scan an e-mail when I have a few free moments and mental cycles, but nobody seems to listen to the part of my message that politely requests an e-mail instead of a voicemail.

I would love to just stop using voicemail entirely, but ours is not a profession where that would fly. Instead, I am thinking about using an assistant—or maybe a service like SpinVox or PhoneTag, that converts voicemail messages to text and sends them as e-mail.

A world without voicemail. Beautiful.

I decided to give PhoneTag a try for my trip to visit my sister in Alaska (hello from Juno!), and I am loving it.


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  • What about those who just leave the message “call me back”? Another advantage to email is that people will leave a message that’s to the point (and perhaps rambling) but certainly wouldn’t leave an “email me back” message. It’s too easy to go back and forth with voicemails that don’t provide any more information than the date and time of the call.

  • Glad that you are enjoying the service! It really is the cure to voicemail.


    James Siminoff, Founder

  • Sam, Dave here at PhoneTag. Glad to hear you loving the service. If you haven’t played with the entire system yet, you can log in to your account online and customize the service even more by uploading your contacts and tweaking your settings. Enjoy.

  • You’re not the only one who can’t get on with old school Voicemail!

    Just put my own thoughts up at http://www.nuance.com – would love to get your input.


    James Whatley

    PS – Drop me a note if you’d like to try SpinVox. Voicemail is just *one* of the cool things we do with voice-to-text.