We still have a good old fashioned land line here. Well, not exactly old fashioned- I mean we have call wating, caller ID, voicemail, and also a second number that we use for a fax (it’s not a second line, just a second number). We maintain a land line because:
- Our security system uses it
- Our power goes out not altogether infrequently, and it’s nice to still be able to make a call
- I work at home, on the phone all day and the land line “just works.”
- VOIP has a long way to go to come up to good voice quality in my estimation – when I talk to people on VOIP I can’t stand the latency, the voice quality, or the data loss.
Here’s what I really don’t understand. You can buy a gajillion different telephone systems for the home, with multiple handsets, etc. However, they all seem to come with answering systems. Now, most people I know that actually still have land lines use voice mail. So my first question is:
Who are all of these people still using home answering machines?
And my second question is:
Why the hell can’t I find a phone that has no digital answering system and has a voicemail indicator light?
If they can make phones that work with call waiting/caller ID/unique number, why the hell can’t they make phones that integrate with phone company voice mail systems? When I make calls for work, I turn off call waiting. When I get off the phone, I’d like to know if I have a voicemail waiting or not without having to turn the phone back on to hear the tones indicating that I have a voicemail. Is that too much to ask?
Thank you for your consideration.