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Here's a long shot

It was someone's homemade outgoing machine message that included some sound effects, and then a voice saying "just show me a rich geologist" followed by a different voice excitedly exclaiming "I'm the mayor!" I definitely downloaded this in the last five years, but I don't know where. Do you?
posted by blnkfrnk on Jun 11, 2014 - 4 answers

How to deal with hours worked on my days off

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 - 10 answers

Am I breaking some unwritten cell phone rule?

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 - 93 answers

How can I make calls that show my business name on the caller ID?

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 - 1 answer

how to react to a creepy anonymous voice mail?

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 - 9 answers

Best uses for celebrity voicemail prompts?

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 - 2 answers

Best/cheapest internet cellphone solutions!

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 - 6 answers

Avoiding the bitbucket.

Best way to archive voicemail from Verizon Wireless? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Oct 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Going abroad but staying in touch

How can I make sure I receive and can check voicemail while in Italy? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Sep 20, 2012 - 9 answers

two cell #'s, one person

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 - 5 answers

I've got a few hangups.

Should I ignore occasional--maybe accidental--hangups from a former coworker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 33 answers

I best not catch this flick on YouTube.

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 - 26 answers

What is the easiest way to download all of my voicemails from an iPhone 4S?

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 - 3 answers

Interesting voicemail message

Is this voicemail message a reference to something? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

take a bad outgoing voicemail message, and make it better

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 - 6 answers

Help me Pimp my international business phone network... OF DOOM!

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 - 1 answer

Voicemail Forwarding

Forwarding Verizon Voicemails to Google Voice (or an otherwise safe location)? [more inside]
posted by Lullen on May 13, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I get an iPhone, T-Mobile and Google Voice to play nicely?

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 - 4 answers

Is it that hard to just hit the "reply" button?!

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 - 7 answers

Give me a home, where my iphone may roam...

iPhone 4, visual voicemail, and roaming. Questions inside: [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Nov 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Voicemail transcription from landlines?

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 - 15 answers

How to have only an outgoing message?

How can I have a phone number play a pre-recorded message and hang up? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Sep 4, 2010 - 8 answers

iPhone fun.

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 - 4 answers

Can I call a spoken/transcribed phone number in google voice voicemail?

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 - 11 answers

12 people, 1 phone message

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 - 7 answers

For english, press 3.

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 - 5 answers

How can I convert voicemail into mp3s?

How can I transfer phone messages from my answering service onto my computer as permanent audio files? [more inside]
posted by ialwayscryatendings on Apr 1, 2010 - 3 answers

voice to text while on the go

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 - 4 answers

Believe it or not, George isn't at home!

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 - 52 answers

I hate the sound of your voice.

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 - 43 answers

Voicemail to ringtone?

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 - 5 answers

Help me access my voice mail!

How do I access my office voice mail from home? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Aug 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Stop lying to me, phone!

How can I rid my office phone of an (incorrect) persistent "You Have VoiceMail" alert? [more inside]
posted by stepheno on Jul 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Yes, I've asked the company. Officially, it's impossible.

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 - 9 answers

Verizon Voicemail callback

Verizon voicemail - Is there an option to return the call of the person who left the message? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Jul 1, 2009 - 5 answers

I upgraded my cell phone (ATT) and now people can't leave me voicemails.

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 - 8 answers

How can visitors leave a voicemail / audio message on my website?

How can visitors leave a voicemail / audio message on my website? [more inside]
posted by sinbarambam on Jan 14, 2009 - 6 answers

How to get a certain non-800 phone number to FAX & voicemail?

How to get a specific non-800 phone number to FAX & voicemail? [more inside]
posted by ggruschow on Dec 8, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me put grandma's voice on the computer!

How can we get voicemail from the cell phone to the computer? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Nov 24, 2008 - 21 answers

Free group voicemail solution for small groups?

Is there an easy, and free, way to send group voicemails and SMSs? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Sep 19, 2008 - 10 answers

Ready to go POTS-less. Need good voicemail.

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 - 8 answers

Why does my phone SMS me when I check voice mail?

Why does my cell phone send me a text message whenever I retrieve my voice mail? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Aug 15, 2008 - 13 answers

Real to reel...

Any way to save the voicemails on my iPhone to my macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher on Jul 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Two iPhone questions...

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 - 7 answers

Easy and cheap voice mail solution please!

My small business needs a permanent phone number with several easily customizable voice mail boxes. [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning on Jun 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Cancelling voicemail feature on verizon

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. Any ideas?
posted by seekingsimplicity on Jun 2, 2008 - 26 answers

Where to find intelligent American female voices?

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 - 13 answers

Undelete a T-Mobile voicemail?

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 - 6 answers

Voicemail to RSS Embed - What are my options?

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 - 6 answers

Going completely Skype, wireless and mobile?

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 - 7 answers

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