Nobody likes voicemail. I feel like everyone around my age and younger finds them to be more of a hassle than there worth and everyone significantly older can’t even figure out how to listen to them. It’s an archaic system that should have gone out of style when landlines and answering machines did.

While you’re technically able to cancel your voicemail, it’s a process, and if you ever have to reactive it that’s another process in itself. The easier solution is to simply get No More Voicemail, an app available for iOS and Android that can bypass your voicemail entirely and leave callers no choice but to text you.

No More Voicemail uses your phone’s call forwarding functionality to send unanswered calls to a virtual number and that will simply ring until the caller decides to hangup. If they want to contact you, they can either keep calling or send you a text.

It’s a novel idea and I’m sure its the answer to a lot of people’s prayers, but a cursory glance at the Google Play store shows a rating of 3.7 stars and several complaints about it not working properly. To be fair, it’s new, and TelTech Systems deserves time to get the kinks worked out.

While No More Voicemail doesn’t exactly fit my needs, I’d be all over a selective voicemail app that allows certain callers – older, easily-confused family members – to leave voicemail while others are forced to text.

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