Alltel has magical feature that will let you read voicemail messages. Expensive, but should please people who violently hate voicemail. (Like, me, for example.) [NYT]


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  1. mater says:

    With callwave I have been able to do almost the same thing. It sends me a text of what the person said on the message. All for free.

  2. Insder says:

    Plus it’s free. Good thing I read both Consumerist and Lifehacker.

  3. UCLAJason says:

    There are similar services available from 3rd party’s for other cell phone carriers:
    These work by forwarding your calls to the youmail and grandcentral services so make sure your cell phone carrier does not charge you for those forwards!

  4. comopuedeser says:

    In this case, turning the VM to text is smart because it gives you a written record of the call an its content. Very important if anything is said that shouldn’t and you need proof of a person’s words later and don’t feel like finding a way to turn your VM into MP3s.

  5. STrRedWolf says:

    LiveJournal has that for it’s paid members. You post by phone a message, and it does a rough voice to text translation. Others can go and clean it up.

  6. RevRagnarok says:

    I think it’s extra (I don’t have it) but Vonage offers this feature too.

  7. Mr. Gunn says:

    You could just change your greeting to “I never check my voicemail. Either send me a text or call back later.” Ends those long rambling messages that never get to the point, too.