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Do You Still Use Voicemail?

I don't know about you, but these days I find my office voicemail more of a hassle than a help. It's such a slow and unwieldy method of communication! This Doghouse Diaries cartoon pretty much sums up my feelings (click to view a larger version):


Funny, right? But also so true. These days I strongly prefer e-mail, instant messaging, and text messaging, all of which are faster, more succinct, and much more convenient.

For the record, my iPhone's famed visual voicemail is a lot better, as it provides an at-a-glance overview of my messages and the option to play only the one(s) I want. Too bad few office systems offer that kind of capability.

What are your thoughts? Do you still find voicemail an important and useful part of your business life, or do you find that you're barely using it anymore? Tell us your VM tales in the comments.