When you are finished, you may hang up, or press one for more options.

When you are finished, you may hang up, or press one for more options.

Yes, thank you.  Here in the 21st century, we all know what to do after leaving a voice mail message.

David Pogue examines these annoying voice mail tagalongs and droning menu options in ‘Take Back the Beep’ Campaign – Pogue’s Posts Blog – NYTimes.com

The conclusion is not surprising (they do it for money), but the magnitude is.

“If Verizon’s 70 million customers leave or check messages twice a weekday, Verizon rakes in about $620 million a year.” — just from the excessive windage.

2 Responses to “When you are finished, you may hang up, or press one for more options.”

  1. James Drury says:

    I can’t say too much since I used to work for a company that made voice mail products but one of my least favorite greetings is the standard “I’m either on the phone or away from my desk.”

    What? You mean you don’t know which one? Or maybe there is another option that you’re not telling me about, such as “I’m looking at my Caller ID and I really don’t want to talk to you right now.” Surely we can think up something better than “I’m either on the phone or away from my desk.”

    But I know that’s just me.