Voicemail

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Voicemail

A program that stores messages for missed telephone calls. Voicemail differs from earlier answering machines in that voicemail messages are stored on a computer network, while answering machine messages were recorded on an audio tape. Voicemail messages can thus be retrieved from anywhere.
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Currently the city has voice mailboxes for about 9,000 employees supporting a host of agencies and departments, including police, fire, child and family services, parks and recreation, the courts, public works, and city hall.
Yet another sizeable loss involved hackers reprogramming 2,500 vacant voice mailboxes to receive third-party-billed long distance calls.
Using voice mail, a caller can leave an accurate and detailed message on a voice mailbox if the party isn't there.
Green points out that a secretary would cost at least $1,200 a month, and the cellular phone and voice mailbox cost less than $200 a month.
He would disappear for hours in the employ of one or another, the spurned reporters redialing him incessantly, filling his voice mailbox with entreaties.
They can then decide if they want to pause the program they are watching and answer the call, or continue watching TV and let the call go to their voice mailbox.
Avaya's Extended Cellular 500 service, for instance, can bridge a student's cell phone to the campus messaging system, so that he never misses a call and has only one voice mailbox to check.
Aussie cricket bosses overruled their selectors by deciding Warne's string of lewd messages on a nurse's voice mailbox was one scrape too many.
With such advanced features as voice mailbox, telephone answering machine, Internet phone software, and background fax, the modems turn PC's into full-featured home office communications centers.
For example, the classified ads which use the voice mad system provide a phone number to a voice mailbox which respondents can call any time of the day.
Third-party billing to a voice mailbox can be avoided with billed-number screening, which alerts the telephone company that a particular line number is not to be used for charging phone calls to third-numbers or collect calls.
More commonly, the recording tells callers how to leave a recorded message in the office's "voice mailbox." These services often include the capability of allowing mailbox holders to phone their own mailbox by dialing a number code (password) to recover messages.