I really hate voice mail. It's like reverting back to the bad old days when data was stored on tapes and you had to spool through the whole thing to get what you want. If you have 8 or 10 voice mails, there is no way to scan them to find the most important, you have to listen to them in order. And how many times have you listened for five minutes to someone rambling on, waiting forever for them to get to the point or just give you their freaking phone number so you can call back.
So I am excited to try this service called SimulScribe. Right now, it appears set up mostly for mobile phones, but I have an email into them about land lines. Basically, you forward you phone to them when you don't pick up, and they record the message from the caller and then transcribe the message and send it to you by email or text messaging. According to PC Magazine, it works pretty well.