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Old 04-08-2009, 07:59 AM
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More and more I have people return a call with out listening to the message I left. I don't mind repeating myself but when I have left a question and then they do not have the answer and have to call back again with the answer it is a waste of time. Why have voicemail if you are not going to listen?
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I'm with you, f'n aggravating when people don't listen to your msg. Had a neighbor that gave up voicemail and just checked his caller_ID list. Worked pretty good, folks that aren't going to bother with their voice mail msgs should consider doing the same.
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I don't leave a message anymore because of that habit.
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Or when I listen to my voice mail it's "call me I have a question" . Well,leave the question and I will call back with the answer!
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I think VM messages should be short (therefore no real need to listen), email is for long detailed messages
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I call people back within 2 minutes of their call, so I don't listen to the voicemail most of the time.
The only time I don't answer the phone, is because I'm already on the phone.

It takes me more time to call and listen to the voice mail, which 90% of the time says "my name is ______ call me back, here is my number"
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I have instructed those that call me frequently to not leave a message if the message is call me back, as I will anyway. I think it costs 'minutes' to listen as well on some plans. Then I have another bud that don't call back unless you do leave a message.....
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Sometimes my BB gives me a missed call message long before I get a voicemail message...So I am guilty but only 'cus I didn't know there was a VM.
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What fries my ass is people who don't leave a message. The message "call me" is not a message!!! You called me. What do you want from me?

I listen to the message most times unless I know the person left a "hey, call me" message.
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My wife broke me of that bad habit......so now I listen to hers.
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post

More and more I have people return a call with out listening to the message I left. I don't mind repeating myself but when I have left a question and then they do not have the answer and have to call back again with the answer it is a waste of time. Why have voicemail if you are not going to listen?
Some people mistakenly think MY message machine is for THEIR convenience -- it is not. MY message machine is for MY convenience, for ME to use the way I want to use, should I choose to use it.

There is no end to the bitching you will get from some people when you turn off your message machine and they realize they cannot leave a message.
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If you want me to listen to your message before i call you back, you may need to wait a while (like until later this evening when i have the time) so I am able to listen to the other 15 vmail messages from others already on my VM that i have to listen to (or at least scroll through) before i get to hearing yours......you should be glad i just went ahead and called you back........

If you want me to immediately know whatever it is you need to tell me, send an email or text.

but thats just me.......;?
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
My wife broke me of that bad habit......so now I listen to hers.
My wife used to leave long messages but I just call her so she gave up
Old 04-08-2009, 01:36 PM
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i dont normally listen to my voice messages ... i pay for the cell phone and choose not to listen to your message .. if your important enough i might return your call .. thats the way i am





jeeses im an a$$
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I listen to messages on my phone and stop doing business with those that don't. If I call a vendor and have to leave a message requesting some information, I expect them to listen. If they call me back, say they see where I called, but did not listen to my message, I will give them another chance, but after that, I cut the strings. I don't have time for them to go check on the status of an item I have ordered after they call me back without listening to my message. I expect them to call me back the first time with the information I needed. If I did not intend on them listening, I would not have left a message.
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You get a live person everytime you call our shop. Instructions are, pass the call on to who it belongs to. If that person isn't in or is on the phone, we say so and ask if anybody else can help them. If not, we offer to take a message or give them the option of voice mail.

On the receiving end, please don't write a freaking book. This is X and I need to talk to you about Y is about all I am going to listen to. Plus name and number of course.

On the other hand voice mail is great to help screen the leachy telemarketers. They've actually started leaving voice mails, in book form I might add. The big PITA is having to listen to it to see if it's legitimate or not. I can usually tell in the first few seconds but it's still a PITA.

I started a contest in our office. Anybody who can sucessfully screen a sales call makes a mark on their pad. If they let one thru they have to deduct one. At the end of the month I buy the winner dinner. But, that's neither here nor there.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
My wife broke me of that bad habit......so now I listen to hers.
Same goes here, Dave. I told your wife that if I call, I will NOT leave a message, therefore she knows its ME!
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sorry...i have that habit

but here's the deal...all cellphones have what used to be called "caller ID". as you know, when someone calls you, your phone tells you who it was or what number they called from

i can call you right back, and you can tell me why you called then. i hardly ever listen to my voice mail, and i never leave v.m. messages
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If it has been longer than 5 minutes since you called I will check the message. If not I will just call you back provided that your name is in my phone. If all I get on caller ID is a phone number I will be looking for a message when I miss your call. If caller ID gives me a unknown or private number message then I will try to prevent you from leaving a message. I hate people that use *67 so that I can't screen your call. Ex girlfriends are usually the flagrant offenders.
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For me, it depends on who it is. If it's somebody I regularly talk to, I most likely won't listen to the message. The biggest problems I have with VM is the time it takes pushing buttons and following the menu to actually get the message to play. I think the cell phone companies do it just to get you to use the extra time that requires. The next thing is, if the number doesn't show up on caller ID, hopefully they will say their name and number. The problem with that is they say their number at the end of a long winded message, and say it so fast, you don't catch all of it. Then, you have to listen to the whole blabbering message over again, and try to get the rest of the number. I hate that!

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