Fake phone numbers are a beautiful thing, whether you make them up on the spot or give out the number to a service like the Rejection Hotline. Best of all, though, are the ones you craft yourself, like the one I gave to car dealers that fakes a full voicemail message.
If you’ve been affected by either Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, you don’t want to worry about far away loved ones trying to get in touch with you, on top of everything else. Here’s a way you can keep everyone abreast of your whereabouts and safety status in one simple step: put it on your outgoing voicemail…
If you’re having trouble getting calls through to your member of Congress, an app called Stance says it can help. You just record a message, and it keeps trying until it can deliver that message to voicemail. There’s a big caveat on that, though.
Android/iOS: Not everyone is a fan of voicemail. Some consider it a useless annoyance and prefer to text or email instead. If you’re in that camp, No More Voicemail will keep callers from leaving you a voicemail by taking away the option altogether.
Congratulations Google Voice loyalists. Your time has finally come. After years of languishing on the vine, Google has finally updated its phone service with a new look and some new features for its Android, iOS, and web clients.
Android: Few things are quite as annoying as a persistent caller that doesn’t get the hint. Fortunately, you can set certain contacts to always go to voicemail so you’ll never hear from them.
Google Voice is a great way to archive voicemail messages, but you must manually download the messages if you want to keep them long-term. Instead, try automatically saving them to your Google Drive.
Google Voice made Voicemail access a little more secure today, now requiring that you call your voicemail from a phone you registered with Google Voice. If you don't, you'll have to type in one of the registered numbers. You can also create a PIN lock that is up to 10 digits long. Read more here.
Once you delete a voicemail on your iPhone, it isn't gone forever. Depending on your carrier, you can still retrieve it for a few days (more or less). You just need to know where to look.
The next time you make a phone call and are greeted with a machine (voicemail or automated phone system) instead of a person, save some time and get straight to your message or the extension you need to dial with these simple phone tips.
Ever had that terrible moment when you realize, halfway through leaving a message, that you said something horribly stupid? This is a big bummer when you're trying to leave an important message, but as CNET reminds us, most cell phone carriers allow you to back out and rerecord messages.
If your phone is sending calls to voicemail before you can get to it, you can actually adjust how long it rings before going to voicemail. Here's how to do it.
Google Voice, among other services, provides a free phone number and voicemail services which is great if you need them for making/receiving calls and messages. Even if you don't, there are still plenty of creative and unusual uses for a free voicemail account. Here are some of our favorites.
It's become a mantra of tech-involved 20- and 30-somethings (and even teenagers) that you should only call when it's an emergency, otherwise texting is preferred. But what about voicemails? Even with Google Voice transcribing them, and iPhones making them terribly easy to find and listen to, should you ever leave one?
New web service Protocol.by helps you generate email signatures that link to your account at the service, and that contain the information your email recipients need to best contact you, and the order in which they should try.
Android, iPhone, Blackberry, webOS, and Windows Phone 7: Previously mentioned YouMail is a neat, free app (and service) that makes your voicemail truly visual by adding images of your contacts (and other useful info) to each voicemail message and lets you access your messages from anywhere.
Android: Even if you're on the Do Not Call list, you may still get frequent calls from businesses with your number or friends or family that won't leave you alone. Call Filter is an Android app that lets you selectively block calls from numbers you don't want to see, or block all numbers that aren't in your contact…
We mentioned Sprint's coming Google Voice integration when it was first announced, and many of you may have seen the changes roll out already. If not, though, you should be able to seamlessly port your numbers over today, as the change has gone live for all Sprint customers in the US. You can either make your Sprint…
iOS: Google may have their own official Voice app in the App Store now, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better app than the original GV Mobile+. Today's update adds push notifications, a redesigned interface, and even multimedia messaging.
Android/iOS: If having your voicemail transcribed, emailed, and available for visual review is the most appealing aspect of Google Voice, you might consider Yap Voicemail. It's free on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, it might do speech-to-text better than Google Voice, and pretty much anyone can set it up in 2 minutes.