Verizon Wireless today introduced Visual Voice Mail, which, according to Verizon is “a new application that lets customers manage their voice mail on their phones. Available today on the Voyager by LG, Visual Voice Mail provides an easy-to-use display screen with one-touch access to listen to voice mail messages. Customers can also delete, reply and forward their voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions, making Visual Voice Mail ideal for busy professionals who want a more effective way to manage and respond to messages.”
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The oh-so-innovative Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail “allows customers to see a list of all of their voice mail messages with important information, such as date and time of receipt, as well as message duration, in order to prioritize and efficiently manage their voice mail messages directly from their phones. When a caller leaves a new voice mail message, the Visual Voice Mail application pops up, alerting the customer that a new voice mail message has been received. From the phone display, customers can select from a number of options, including call back, reply, forward, add to contacts, and archive message.”
Customers can store up to 40 messages for 40 days – double the storage capacity and nearly double the retention time of Basic Voice Mail. In addition, customers can create up to 10 greetings, as well as up to 20 distribution lists and 50 distribution members to receive messages.
“Verizon Wireless recognizes that voice mail plays a large role in how customers conduct business and manage the balance between their personal and professional lives,” said Mike Willsey, executive director for marketing, Verizon Wireless. “With Visual Voice Mail, we’re able to offer customers more options to help them better prioritize voice mail messages from family, friends, colleagues, and business partners in a more timely and effective manner. Visual Voice Mail eliminates the need to dial-in and listen to messages in sequential order, making it easier for customers to manage messages
Verizon Wireless customers can find the Visual Voice Mail application on the Messaging menu under option 6 on their Voyager by LG phones. Visual Voice Mail is available for US$2.99 monthly access, per line, plus airtime or megabyte charges and messaging fees, depending on a customer’s plan. Customers should take their Voyager by LG phones to any Verizon Wireless Communications Store to receive the free software update. Verizon Wireless expects to offer Visual Voice Mail on additional devices in the coming months.
Source: Verizon Wireless
You have to physically take your fake iPhone to the fargin’ Verizon store for a “free software update?” Do they reimburse you for the gas you wasted to get there and back? And then they have the gall to extort $2.99 a month from their suckers, er… customers?!
Can you imagine wanting an iPhone so much that you go get a cheapo, fake, crippled Lucky Goldstar mess, then drive to the store to update the horrible thing for the privilege of paying Verizon another $2.99 per month for what iPhones have always offered as an included service?
It’s like that upside-down and backwards, crippled fake Mac called “Windows PC” idiocy all over again.
Sometime we just have to shake our heads in amazement. The constant waste of time, money, and effort is sad to witness. These poor misguided people really need to stop, take a breath, and look at what they’re doing and paying for bad approximations. Just get an iPhone and a Mac already!