Cell phone voice messages

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    Feb 05, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    Can anyone please tell me why certain cell phone companies feel the need to remind us how to leave a voice mail, after the person we tried to call just told us "Sorry I can't take your call right now, please leave your name and number, and I'll get back with you as soon as possibe"?

    Answering machines, and VM have been around for a very long time...and I think just about everyone knows how it works....and as far as "other" delivery options...WTF is that?

    I'm not tellin'...I'm just sayin'
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    Feb 05, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    LOL. Voicemail is little advanced these days. On ATT, you an either leave a voice message or send a numeric page or do some other stuff. I wish I could just turn VM off on my line. I tell my friends to leave a text message instead. It's faster that way, rather than me calling my VM to check messages.
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    Feb 05, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    Because they make money off of it. That's why. They charge you for those minutes. The longer the message, the more they can charge.

    This is just ONE example of how wireless carriers fuck you over with tiny charges and weirdly jiggered rate plans, that, for them, results in tens to hundreds of millions in additional revenue.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/technology/personaltech/23pogue.html

    http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/how-to-bypass-stupid-voicemail-instructions/

    http://www.takebackthebeep.com/
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    Feb 05, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    Ever wonder why per minute charges are so freaky high after your allotted plan minutes are consumed? Ever wonder why, when you get that freakishly large bill and you call to beg for mercy, the customer service agent seems so nice and waives those charges, but ends up convincing you to move to the next higher rate plan so this "unfortunate" thing never happens again? Ever wonder why the vast majority of cell phone users end up on plans where they pay for minutes that they rarely ever use up, simply because they live in fear that when they do use them up, they'll go bankrupt? Ever wonder why it was the upstart small carriers that introduced pay-as-you-go plans, and that ATT & Verizon only belatedly went along with them after dragging their heels for years?

    Oh, I could go on and on about how these two companies are the most evil, blood sucking, backwards purveyors of crap, who make the US the laughingstock of the planet when it comes to wireless, but that would make my blood pressure go up too high.

    * breathes deeply *

    * tries to calm down *