On 19 Jul 2013
Pretty big budget cut thanks to Patnet... Other ideas?,
I turned off the VM on my cell phone years ago, after my younger sister did so. I always went weeks without checking the stupid box - if someone I knew called and didn't get me, they sent me a text not a VM. And if someone I didn't know called me, I wasn't interested in hearing what they had to say! So the VM went a few autumns ago and it has made no difference to my life - except I don't have that stupid VM icon at the top of my phone anymore!
I think I'm ahead of the trend on this one, though - I recently went to the post office and told them to permanently stop delivering mail to my home. Think of back when you got spammed in your inbox and there were no real spam filters to help - your inbox was time consuming, chaotic, mostly filled with junk, and you avoided it, right? Well, my mailbox was the same as those early inboxes.
All my bills are automated with paperless statements so I don't make the long trek from my apartment to the mail box very often. I'm busy spending time with my daughter and living life. The post office insisted on filling my tiny little box with junk mail for "Current Resident" and after a few days they would collect all that junk and hold it at the PO, with one or two legitimate pieces of mail. When I went down and talked with them about possible options, they told me there was nothing I could do about all the junk mail that they delivered and I didn't want - mail that wasn't even ADDRESSED to me.
My apartment office collects my packages during the day, so I told the Post Office to discontinue mail service, I changed my "mailing address" to my work address with all my vendors, and the very rare piece of mail that anyone needs to send (even my Netflix one-at-a-time movies) goes to me at work - heck, the mail department even brings it to my desk! Has made a world of difference - no more junk mail, no more catalogs from my online stores, no more trips to the mailbox. If the Post Office had been more with the times over the last 20 years, I wouldn't have had to do that, but it is what it is and is working out great. And hopefully a bunch of paper that would have gone to my house is being saved.
Laughing about being referred to as a young-un, although I'm not sporting gray hair yet!
BACAH, I had forgotten about that ordeal!
I heard youts today don't even set up their voicemail on cellphones. So if you're using voicemail on your cell, I still put you in the uncool and unhip category.