Cell Phones / Texting / Voicemail Sucks

This has virtually nothing to do with the purpose of this blog, but I just read this article on cell phone etiquette. I agree with most of it, but I think that the death penalty should be imposed on anyone who is yapping on their cell phone in a confined area. Immediate painful death …. by BEES.

Which brings me to my random issue of the week, why I refuse to have voicemail on my cell phone.

Even the best cell phone has awful sound quality. Not to mention, my stinking Treo can lock up for 10 minutes when I try and call. Plus, the sheer number of calls can overwhelm your voicemail. Finally, the fools who decide to tell me the history of the world on my voicemail just drove me over the edge. I canceled my voicemail. Why? Because everyone can text message now.

Texting is fabulous. You have 160 characters or less to tell the recipient what you want to say. If you can’t boil it down that much, then why are you calling them? You obviously haven’t thought about why you are calling, and/or you are destined to waste 10 minutes with “whats up lately?” banter.

Also, I got sick of friends who would call my damn cell phone at 2:30 PM on a weekday and ask “hey, whatcha doing?” IM WORKING YOU STUPID ASS! Would usually be my answer. But, you know, one shouldn’t leave a friend hanging who might actually NEED you. So, then I started getting 10 voicemails a day from my so-called friends, who can’t seem to grasp that WORKING does not mean “catching up on the phone.” If I yap for 10 minutes, my work doesn’t disappear! I just get to go home 10 minutes later that night.

Enter texting.

No yapping. No nothing. No sitting there listening to “your next message was received at 2:22 Pee Emmm”. None of that. 160 characters of “what do you want and why?”

Everyone should get rid of voicemail. Its time has passed.

Text me.

2 Responses to Cell Phones / Texting / Voicemail Sucks

  1. […] Via Randazza’s Academic (In)Sanity: “I got sick of friends who would call my damn cell phone at 2:30 PM on a weekday and ask “hey, whatcha doing?” IM WORKING YOU STUPID ASS! Would usually be my answer. But, you know, don’t want to leave a friend hanging who might actually NEED me. So, then I started getting 10 voicemails a day from my so-called friends, who can’t seem to grasp that WORKING does not mean “catching up on the phone.” If I yap with you for 10 minutes, my work doesn’t disappear! I just get to go home 10 minutes later that night. Thanks, you prick.” […]

  2. marc says:

    hey guys,
    check out http://www.youmail.com
    it’s a free cell voicemail service that lets you personalize each greeting for different callers. So you can leave that message that says “Dude, if you’re calling during the day i’m working!” and only that friend gets it. you can also check your voicemails ONLINE so no more $$$s to telco.
    The best feature is DitchMail, yup, play a recorded message and then hang up on unwanted callers! there are pre-recorded greeings or record your own. the best one is the “du, du, du, this number has been disconnected.
    check it out, it’s free. really, no catch. Works with all cell phone services.

    MJR Note: I don’t usually approve comments by unknown persons, and certainly not when they are posted to promote a commercial product. However, this seems pertinent to the posting, and I have no connection with the poster (this blog is 100% non commercial). Therefore, I have approved this one. I would like to hear some objective feedback on the service.

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