I work full-time in an office of a half-dozen people (in Ontario, Canada if it is relevant). One of the duties in my current job is to reply to general emails to my company's main address and to check the general voice mail... if someone calls after hours or chooses not to be put through to an individual, they can still leave a voice mail on the main number, and the main email is info@[business].ca which gets maybe five or ten questions a day. At the request of my boss, I do these things a couple of times a day, including on weekends and holidays. I am fine with this and I understand the reasoning - sometimes people write or call with a time-sensitive question. This usually takes me ten minutes a day tops (once in while there is a bigger thing and it may be an hour on those days), but it seems not entirely fair that I do this with zero compensation for having to be available for work on my days off. How best to negotiate what might be a better arrangement for this? Or should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 21, 2013 -
When people call my cell phone and don't leave a voicemail, I tend not to call them back. Should I? Is there a pervasive cultural expectation of which I am unaware that one is obligated to return missed calls? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss
on Sep 30, 2013 -
I've just started a small business that involves some calling to get new clients. I have an 800 number via an online voicemail system for which I pay a small monthly fee.
I realize now that what I want to do is be able to call people and have my 800 number and/or biz ID name show up on the caller ID.
I have a good quality land line, a personal one for our house. Is there a way for me to dial a service which forwards my call as if coming from an 800 number and also gives call forwarding and voicemail service? [more inside]
posted by diode
on Jun 24, 2013 -
What's the best way to respond to a voicemail left from an unknown number that is very creepy, sexual, and potentially threatening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 29, 2013 -
Sometimes a celebrity or another well-known voice will offer to record a voice-mail greeting message as a prize or reward (e.g. "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" or the Veronica Mars Kickstarter). How have people used this kind of prize to best effect? [more inside]
posted by RogerB
on Mar 13, 2013 -
Need some solutions for temporary cell phone re-routing. Thinking Google Voice might be the solution somehow but looking for brainstorms. [more inside]
posted by amanda
on Oct 21, 2012 -
I have a new smart phone on Virgin Mobile. I could have ported to Google Voice initially, using a number on GV I already had, but chose not to. I'm now getting calls from the cell's # and my GV #. Should I port over to GV completely and have just one number? [more inside]
posted by diode
on Mar 24, 2012 -
So, my brilliant dad left a threatening voice mail for one of the many estranged women in his life. She posted it on YouTube with his full legal and professional name. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 9, 2012 -
What is the easiest way to download all of my voicemails from an iPhone 4S? I have a mac. The goal is to get the files themselves in a format that can be played back easily. Thanks!
posted by wooh
on Jan 30, 2012 -
How can get my professionally recorded outgoing voicemail message onto the iPhone 4s? In other words, I don't want to record over the iPhones built-in mic, I want to transfer my super good sounding existing sound file. Any thoughts? Thanks!
posted by largecorp
on Dec 23, 2011 -
Help me prepare and organize my business phone network utilizing a Landline/Fax (copper-USA), Iphone (AT&T), Skype, Google Voice, etc (other services?) as optimally as possible. I want viable international business line(s) I can easily express on a Business Card. PS, I have to connect with Fiji as cheaply as possible. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac
on Aug 8, 2011 -
Forwarding Verizon Voicemails to Google Voice (or an otherwise safe location)? [more inside]
posted by Lullen
on May 13, 2011 -
I've got a T-Mobile prepaid account on a jailbroken 1st generation iPhone and I'm using Google Voice. Is there any way to get my voicemail to work the way I want it to? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe
on Feb 15, 2011 -
A large part of my new job involves contacting various people and asking them for information. How can I convince them to get back to me quickly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 19, 2010 -
I hate voicemail. For my private cell phone, I use Google Voice, so I don't usually have to listen to messages, but can just browse them. At work, I don't have access to GV. What can I do instead? Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Sep 29, 2010 -
Is it possible to use call forwarding on the iPhone (3G) to route calls from specific known phone numbers straight to voicemail? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Asherah
on Jul 7, 2010 -
I use google voicemail on my Motorola Droid. When someone leaves a message that includes a phone number that is different from the number they're calling from, google does a good job of transcribing it. As far as I can tell, however, there's no simple way of calling back that spoken, transcribed number. Instead, I have to memorize it, switch over to phone and key it in (and forget a few digits and switch back and forth and crash the car etc). I feel like maybe I'm just missing something simple, but I'm coming up empty searching for an answer. Does anyone know if it's possible?
posted by The Dutchman
on Jun 28, 2010 -
I'm looking for a way for a dozen people to call the same phone number at the same time and get the same message, which I have as an mp3 or wav file. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed
on May 20, 2010 -
DIY IVR? Suggestions for jury-rigging a touch-tone phone menu system with output to a text file. For further information, please press [more inside]
posted by Iteki
on Apr 16, 2010 -
My daughter wants voice/speech recognition, including voice mail to text, while working in the field, office or home. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc
on Mar 26, 2010 -
I always hate my voicemail / answering machine message. I feel really lame whenever I say any of the little scripts I have heard or thought up. NEW VOICEMAIL MESSAGE SCRIPTS please! All ideas welcome, from simple to funny to irreverant. (Or even pre-recorded messages I could download, good songs, anything!)
posted by nomnomnom
on Oct 16, 2009 -
I don't want people to leave me messages. What's the best way to say this in my outgoing message? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist
on Sep 16, 2009 -
Is there an easy way (meaning minimal downloading of stuffs) to convert a voicemail into a ringtone? PC and non-jailbroken iphone (and I wish to keep it that way). Thanks.
posted by ilikecookies
on Sep 10, 2009 -
How can I rid my office phone of an (incorrect) persistent "You Have VoiceMail" alert? [more inside]
posted by stepheno
on Jul 22, 2009 -
A question for IT and telecoms boffins: Help me understand voicemail. Specifically, what would need to go wrong with a mobile phone company's voicemail server for it to randomly connect customers to the mailboxes of complete strangers? Is it more likely to be an isolated technical glitch, a systemic network security problem, intentional foul play, or something else?
posted by embrangled
on Jul 21, 2009 -
I'm an ATT Wireless customer and I just upgraded my phone (to Samsung Eternity). Everything works fine, except that people can't leave me voicemails. [more inside]
posted by mahamandarava
on Apr 25, 2009 -
I'm looking for a good personal voicemail service that can replace a home phone number. [more inside]
posted by dammitjim
on Sep 2, 2008 -
After being lied to repeatedly by my credit card company (PC Financial), I have two iPhone questions: 1) How do I get voice mails from my iPhone onto my computer? and 2) how do I record calls made on an iPhone? I have the 1.0 version of iPhone and an iMac if that makes any difference. Thanks!
posted by dobbs
on Jul 16, 2008 -
I am a verizon cell phone customer and just got rid of our landline. We are a family of 5. Three teens.
I hate getting voicemail. Should I cancel this feature on my cellphone? Do any of you run your life just fine without voicemail?
My kids all text me.
For example, a friend just called me and left a message to call her back. I do not want to call her back! If I did not have voicemail I would not be obliged to call her.
I know it sounds like I am mean but I just hate the phone.
posted by seekingsimplicity
on Jun 2, 2008 -
Some colleagues want to set up a voicemail system in the US for a small tech company in Australia and we need some intelligent, welcoming American female voices that sound at ease with technical jargon to do our answering messages. Any adult age. Slight accents ok. I haven't really been impressed with the sound of professional voice models - they're a bit too slick for our image. Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz
on May 20, 2008 -
Asking for a friend: Is there a way to recover a month-old voicemail message on T-Mobile? [more inside]
posted by rajbot
on May 6, 2008 -
Is there a service that will allow me to seamlessly embed a recorded voicemail into an RSS feed? [more inside]
posted by stuboo
on Mar 27, 2008 -
I live in a semi-rural area and am incredibly frustrated with my area's landline phone provider. The provider has a monopoly in the area and delays fixing constant faults for many weeks. I want to go completely Skype, wireless and mobile. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz
on Dec 31, 2007 -
I have a voicemail message on my mobile that I'd like to keep -- how can I get it on to my Mac for posterity? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi
on Oct 9, 2007 -