Stick a fork in it. Voice mail - that handy dandy leave a message system that is preprogrammed into all of our cell phones - is dead. A goner. Pushing up dasies. Making the final call from the horizontal phone booth. You get the idea. It is over.
Here's the deal - I don't know anyone who doesn't roll their eyes or smack their forehead with their open palm when they see they've got a voice mail. Possible exceptions would be iPhone users, who like to point out that they have visual voice mail (although it's not entirely visual - they still have to listen to it. The big plus in visual voice mail is you can decide which ones to skip with greater ease than the 'press 3' option).
At the end of the day, visual voice mail helps you do what you want to do with voice mail - ignore them, but with greater flexibility. I'm beyond prioritizing them. I'm ready to ignore them all.
I generally get two kinds a voice mail...the person who says "Hey, call me back...." OR the person who leaves an unintelligible message, sounding like they are talking under water - "I'm at glubbu bug glub with blubblub until glubphoo. What do you blubagroo ink should glooo? Call me back....".
Allow me to give you a synopsis of every voice mail ever left in the history of cell phones: "Call me back." Well thanks. I can figure that one out by looking at the missed calls log. I don't need to listen to you and press the delete button. Besides, 90% of the people I really need to communicate with on a daily basis would never leave me a voice mail. They text me, blackberry message me, or email me (and I'm working on a fix for that too....a different post, but let's say praise ye the Lord for filters and gmail forwarding...).
So today I killed my voice mail. Actually, I didn't even give it the dignity of doing the deed myself. I took out a contract on it. I had my assistant kill it for me. She called the cell phone company this afternoon and said "The voice mail....can you just turn it off? Yes. Off. He doesn't want it."
Awkward silence...finally, the customer service rep said "He's got a Blackberry and he doesn't want the voice mail?"
"um, yes...." she said. "It's not the strangest thing about him..." she thought (but didn't say).
Probably true, but at least I don't need to listen to glublba blu glub callgla me blubback anymore.