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View Poll Results: Which one do you prefer for your home landline (not mobile) phone?
Answering Machine 14 73.68%
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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Answering Machine or Voicemail?

OK, which one would you pick and why? I currently got both, but I'm thinking about dumping one of them.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 01:00 PM
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Neither! I have a pathological hatred of answering machines and voice mail (especially voice mail, not sure why).

I keep an answering machine on our business line, but not on my personal line...I figure that anyone who knows me well enough to need to leave a message also knows that the business line is the one that has a machine.

But as for the business, I prefer the answering machine as the lesser of two evils...if it breaks down, I know immediately, and my husband would never be able to figure out how to work remote voice mail (he can barely work the answering machine as it is), so it would be one more thing I'd have to handle.
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An answering machine operates for free for as long as it lasts, once you buy it. Voice mail you have to pay a fee each month, plus you have to make a phone call to get your messages.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 01:54 PM
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Answering machine. It sits RIGHT there, you know where it is, and you don't have to call someone just to access it. And you may forget your password or whatever it is. Of course you can't access your answering machine everyone, but really, why would I need to?

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 02:08 PM
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Voice mail if you have call waiting and you want the option of not answering an incoming call but having the person leave a message. Otherwise, answering machine is fine.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 03:44 PM
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Answering machine! Of course, I have voice mail on my cell, but I use an answering machine at home. I just have to look at it to see if I have messages, and push a button to get them, no phone call needed. Mine can also be accessed remotely, by calling from another number, so I can still check messages when I'm away.


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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 03:50 PM
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Answering Machine. I agree that voice mail is good for work and if you want call waiting. But I HATE call waiting!! I hate putting people on hold and I loath being put on hold, myself. And, I like to have my messages at the push of a button.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 04:34 PM
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I have answering machine because voice mail costs too much!
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting results. Voicemail was more of a better choice when all of what was available were tape-based answering machines. But now that there are digital answering machines, I think it's worthless to keep paying $5 USD monthly for the voicemail. I got a cordless phone with built-in answering machine and it feels kinda nice to be able to retrieve messages instantly from either the base or the handset, and I can still check messages from my cell phone when I'm away. Another plus, I can store a message forever, or until the memory is full, as opposed to just one week as was the case with VM.

You can see I already made my decision on which one I'm going to ditch. It's ironic, I would not have cell phone service without voicemail, but then again, there are no cell phones with answering machines.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 06:31 PM
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AM at home, VM on cell.
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