Bypass Voicemail Instructions

Like the preflight seatbelt fastening instructions, you don’t need to hear how to leave a voicemail each time you leave one.

I left my wife a voicemail the other day and was frustrated at how long it took to get to the beep where I could leave my 3-second response. I wondered if there was a way to skip by that.

Lifehacker’s uncanny prescience strikes again with instructions on how to skip right to leaving the message.

The executive summary is to hit one star pound (1*#), which covers all major carriers. The link has more details.


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  1. NY Times columnist David Pogue (@pogue on twitter) has recently kicked of a campaign to “Take Back the Beep” about just this. A link to his stuff was below the article to which you linked, and it seems to be picking up some steam. Knowing “1 * #” may solve much of the problem, but maybe it could get even better!

    Comment by DaveH on July 31, 2009 @ 6:13 pm
  2. Glad to hear Pogue is on the case. The more the better!

    Comment by Dan on July 31, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

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