Voicemail inefficiencies… anyone got a better way?

In order to access my voicemail with AT&T CallVantage on my phone, I have to do the following:
1) Hit “***” then my 5 digit password.
2) Press 1 to go to voicemail.
3) Press 1 to LISTEN to my voicemail.

Also, leaving voicemail for friends isn’t much more convenient. Why isn’t there something like texting, but in voice? In other words, it’s 2am, I just had a great idea I wanted to share with a friend but I don’t want to wake her up. Why isn’t there any easy way for me to shoot her a quick voicemail without ringing her phone? (or is there?)

I know, I know, I’m being a total whiner lately, but it just seems to me that there are some great opportunities here for companies like Skype and even traditional telcos and cell phone companies.

P.S. — Others have also understandably ranted about how broken actually leaving voicemail in general is. Used to be, when we’d call a friend, we’d hear “Hey, I’m not home. Leave a message” [beep!] and we’d leave a message. Now we have to deal with “If you’d like to leave a page, please press 1. If you’d like to leave a voice message, please press 2 or wait for the tone…” Yeah, yeah, I know I can press * (or is it #?) or something like that to skip through that, but I think it varies by carrier, and I figure with my luck I’d accidentally hang up. Blegh.






One response to “Voicemail inefficiencies… anyone got a better way?”

  1. Kelly Avatar

    I think it is a mass conspiracy to make you use more minutes dealing w/ voicemail.

What do you think?