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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday December 24 2014, @04:25AM   Printer-friendly
from the Televox dept.

Duane D. Stanford reports at Bloomberg that Coca-Cola's Atlanta Headquarters is the latest big campany to ditch its old-style voice mail, which requires users to push buttons to scroll through messages and listen to them one at a time. The change went into effect this month, and a standard outgoing message now throws up an electronic stiff arm, telling callers to try later or use “an alternative method” to contact the person. Techies have predicted the death of voice mail for years as smartphones co-opt much of the office work once performed by telephones and desktop computers. Younger employees who came of age texting while largely ignoring voice mail are bringing that habit into the workforce. “People north of 40 are schizophrenic about voice mail,” says Michael Schrage. “People under 35 scarcely ever use it.” Companies are increasingly combining telephone, e-mail, text and video systems into unified Internet-based systems that eliminate overlap. “Many people in many corporations simply don’t have the time or desire to spend 25 minutes plowing through a stack of 15 to 25 voice mails at the end or beginning of the day,” says Schrage, In 2012, Vonage reported its year-over-year voicemail volumes dropped 8%. More revealing, the number of people bothering to retrieve those messages plummeted 14%. More and more personal and corporate voicemail boxes now warn callers that their messages are rarely retrieved and that they’re better off sending emails or texts. "The truly productive have effectively abandoned voicemail, preferring to visually track who’s called them on their mobiles," concludes Schrage. "A communications medium that was once essential has become as clunky and irrelevant as Microsoft DOS and carbon paper."

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Pino P on Thursday December 25 2014, @12:42AM

    by Pino P (4721) on Thursday December 25 2014, @12:42AM (#129018) Journal

    Another friend only uses Whatsapp and doesn't use email or Facebook at all. Because of financial reasons, I can't afford a smart phone so Whatsapp is out for me. (It makes getting hold of him difficult.)

    Have you tried these?

    • Use Bluestacks or another Android emulator [] to run the WhatsApp client for Android on your PC.
    • Inform all the mutual friends of this situation and recommend to them to leave the WhatsApp-only user out of any social gatherings.
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  • (Score: 2) by Common Joe on Saturday December 27 2014, @10:54AM

    by Common Joe (33) <> on Saturday December 27 2014, @10:54AM (#129438) Journal

    I've looked into Bluestacks (which is the best of the bunch by a long shot supposedly). It is a bit invasive, though. Look at the uninstall process [].

    For better and worse, my friends are multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and international. Different groups use different things and everyone is kind of stuck in their ways. I'm part of nine different social online groups to keep track of all my friends and people I know... and that does not include Whatsapp. Adding yet another thing to keep track of is an awful thought to me and I have several friends telling me I need to join yet several other groups. I'm kind of sick trying to keep track of all of it. I don't want to pick and choose my friends, but the divergence of communication may make that necessary in the next few years. I can't tell my friends what to use as they will do what they want to do. I can only change what I do. Some will remain solely on Facebook. Others will remain solely on Whatsapp. Not sure what I will do yet.