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Leaving messages
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Like them or loathe them, phone Messages can be helpful and at times crucial. So let's work out what they are good for and how to deal with them!


 
 


Internet tip!
Machine is amusing and gives a good example of the sort of long outgoing message people used to leave for callers! Find it here: http://ow.ly/ObXk303GLLx

The history of telephone messages

When the first machines to record telephone calls if nobody was available to take the call - telephone answering machines - were introduced in the USA in around 1935, they were popular with Jewish families who were unable to answer their phones on the Sabbath due to religious restrictions: despite the fact that they were about 95 cm high! The first 'Ansafone', a far more popular machine, was sold in the USA back in 1960, when few could have envisioned the voicemail culture of today... or is already the culture of yesterday? Answering machines were rare, then they were everywhere with their ubiquitous 'beep' after which we said something - and then often immediately wished we hadn't. These in turn have largely been supplanted by voicemails and touch pad options that mean we can even re-record a message if we change our minds now.

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