Before there was Email, there was Voicemail

While email can’t necessarily be considered a recent invention anymore, since it has been in use for quite some time now, years before there was email, the communication tool of choice was voicemail.

Voicemail still serves its own unique purpose apart from email, and even though other methods of telephone communication have become popular, such as text messaging, voicemail service is still in high demand around the world today. Voicemail allows people to leave messages for each other via the spoken word anytime day or night, thus virtually eliminating games of phone tag and those discouraging busy signals.

While email is great for sending files to another or sharing links, voicemail is beneficial in that individuals can relay messages wherever they are without the need to be near a computer. A lot of times talking is a lot quicker and simpler than typing.

However, the latest innovations in voicemail technology allow for individuals to combine their voicemail, fax and email messages all in one place. Since most businesses and organizations still utilize all three forms of communication, unified messaging was born, a concept invented by the company OpCom at AT&T Bell Labs. Through this invention, individuals simply need to login to their email inbox to discover newly received messages from all three of these forms. Interestingly, many small busineses still lag behind in this area and use conventional answering machines and fax machines, most likely being unaware that such possibilities exist.

So, while other messaging options have emerged since the invention of voicemail, it remains an important part of everyday life, especially for those in the business world. Rather than fading into the background, it simply has become integrated into the these new options, while improving with time.

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