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Revolutionizing Voicemail with VoIP

Updated on June 21, 2012
Voicemail and VoIP
Voicemail and VoIP

Traditional Voicemail Sucks

Voicemail has come to be an important part of people's telecommunication lives. They are analogous to the old-school answering machines that allowed people to leave messages when the owner either couldn't or wouldn't pick up the phone. They have become an invaluable tool for business communications. Given all the advancement in technology and smart phones, it's strange to see how voicemail has languished in the dark ages for so many years. For example, if you have an AT&T service and get a voicemail there's no way for you to easily transfer it onto your computer as an MP3 or a WAV file to store and playback later.

Even better however would be for the voicemail to be sent as an attachment to your e-mail address. This way you can always retain a permanent copy of it no matter where you are and what device you happen to be using at the time. There are third-party services that offer some of this functionality, but it's a pain to set them up and configure them. In addition you may be charged extra for doing the same. And voicemail storage is just one part of the problem. Navigating your voicemail messages using your phone interface can be a pain in the butt. It's not intuitive and it's not graphical. It is in fact the worst kind of interface possible in today's world.

There's a Better Way with VoIP

A VoIP system however doesn't come with all these old relics of technology. It's built from the ground up to be accommodative and easy-to-use. Because of VoIP call flexibility, there is no shortage of ways to get your voicemail messages in any format you want on any device you want. You can for example keep them stored on the central server be accessed through your administration panel. If on the other hand you require more immediate access to them, you can request them to be sent as an MP3 or a WAV file to your e-mail address. The choice is yours.

This is possible because VoIP is based on IP technology. It doesn't subscribe to the old ways of the PSTN system. This allows applications and programmers to respond quickly to the needs of customers allowing them to rapidly deploy features that are in demand. VoIP potability ensures that you can retain your voicemails no matter where you go and what device you happen to be using at the time.

Contact your SIP provider to find out what features they offer with regard to voicemails. If you like what you hear, you can get started in as little as 15 min. with no prior investment other than a working Internet connection. Of course, you can later enhance your experience by purchasing specialized VoIP phones that provide even more flexibility and functionality.

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