Monday, July 27, 2009

Old Phone, New Tricks

NY Times tech columnist David Pogue gave a presentation earlier this year revealing some cool new things you can do with your cell phone. The best part is when he ranted about the insipid recorded instructions that still come with voice mail:

When I call to leave you a voicemail message, the first thing I hear, before I’m allowed to hear the beep, is 15 seconds of instructions. "To page this person, press 5." Page this person!? Oh, sorry, I didn’t realize this was 1980! "When you have finished recording, you may hang up." Oh, really!? So glad you mentioned that! I would have stayed on the line forever! And then when I call in for messages, I’m held up for 15 more seconds. "To listen to your messages, press 1." Why else would I be calling!?