Do you find it super annoying when friends leave you voicemails? Do you typically forgo leaving a voice message for someone you’re trying to reach in favor of texting? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re not alone.
A new report from USA Today and VoIP firm Vonage confirms what was already fairly obvious: Voicemail is dying. In preparing data for the paper, Vonage found that the number of voicemail messages left on user accounts decreased 8 percent in July compared to a year ago.
The data also indicated that checking your voicemail is an even bigger hassle than leaving someone a vice message. Retrieved messages fell 14 percent among Vonage users during the same period.
“They hate the whole voice-mail introduction, prompts, having to listen to them in chronological order,” Michael Tempora, senior vice president of product management at Vonage, told the newspaper.
Vonage speculated that the rise of texting, instant messaging, and transcription apps has contributed to the death of voicemail. Plus, people are making fewer calls overall than they used to. The shift away from voicemail is being lead by younger users who are keen to embrace time-saving alternatives like texting, chat apps like WhatsApp, and Google Voice.
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Meanwhile, last year AT&T last year announced plans to require voicemail passwords in order to guard against phone spoofing. Sprint and T-Mobile both offer the option to turn off voicemail passwords, but Verizon requires passwords at all times.
For more, check out our PCMag’s article on how to Skip Over Someone’s Voicemail Greeting.