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Verizon Wireless re-announces Visual Voice Mail, not free anymore

0. phoneArena 11 Aug 2008, 10:00 posted on

After VZW showed and hid the information on its Visual Voice Mail service, it now reveals new details…

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posted on 28 Jun 2010, 17:47

102. critofur (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


I really don't agree with that - I'm tired of having to listen through/skip messages to get to the one I want to hear. Tired of not knowing who left what messages when without having to listen through all of them first. Tired of having messages automatically deleted (if I could forward the VM to my email, that'd be great). I want to be able to quickly and easily look at a list of my voicemails and see who it's from, when they left it, how long it is, and if it's marked "urgent". I can't believe these are not standard features on EVERY cell phone by now??? Absurd!

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 10:59

9. (unregistered)


there are no megabyte charges for when you use the application, just when you initially download it.

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 10:59

10. (unregistered)


i dont know why people complain...its 3 bucks!!! if thats too much then you should definitely look for different methods of income. If you dont think you should pay at all then dont get it. its that simple...i would love a 2009 dodge challenger, but guess what, all of the specs and features that i want in that car are going to cost me extra. consumers now a days are way to spoiled. they think that just because they pay their bill they should get everything offered for free.

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 11:42

12. (unregistered)


What's worse is when some people come into my store and say things like, "My upgrade date is here, I'm entitled to my free phone."

posted on 12 Aug 2008, 00:36

58. LessthanZach (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Apr 2008)


lol, I know. They are like "my free upgrade". Okay, here is the samsung U340!. "Oh no, I want the LG DARE.. it's FREE right????" No, I'm sorry, you get the phone for 99.99 with your upgrade... "I don't get a discount???" Yes, the phone retails for $409.99, you get a BIG discount. "But it said I get a free upgrade" What said that? I'm not aware of any material that says that you can have any phone you want for free. You are saving over 300 dollars... "NO!! F*@$ VERIZON! I'm going to ATT!!!" Um, okay, but they won't give you any phone you want for free either.....let alone a 100 dollar loyalty credit. Welcome to america....

posted on 12 Aug 2008, 09:21

70. (unregistered)


lol i enjoy when they come in and they just purchased an upgrade 3 months ago and say i want that phone for the advertised price... I explain how verizon eats a certain cost and they dont care they want a new phone now!! They cus and act like they are five and you have to ask them to leave. Idiots....

posted on 13 Aug 2008, 13:13

84. phone_queen1977 (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Aug 2008)


GO to AT&T !Your coverage will suck and every time somethings wrong with your phone sure they will give you another one! But wait lets add another year to your contract! New VZW customers are paying 199.99 after rebate for the Dare. You paying 99.99 is a good savings! And Theres alot more then just Sch-U340 you could have for free! You could get right now A BB Curve for $49.99 with your 100.00 credit. READ READ READ!

posted on 13 Aug 2008, 13:27

86. phone_queen1977 (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Aug 2008)


Yep, I love that line! I've even had a man came in and think every line had the same $100.00 credit! But do think the best customers are the ones who come in and start off with saying" I've been a Verizon Customer for 10 years, or I was with verizon before they were called that"! I always know those will be the customer's to make the most trouble in the store when it comes to pricing!

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 17:51

103. critofur (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


$410 for a phone? That's what's ridiculous, not somebody wanting to be given a free phone after a year to entice them to stay with the same company. I'm not saying that they should get what they want, but it's not so unreasonable to expect people to want that, phones used to be a lot simpler and cell phone companies did used to give free phones to customers to keep them from switching to another carrier. I understand that phones have a lot more features and are more expensive these days, but, come on, more than $450 seems rediculous - unless it's gold plated or gem studded (not that I'd want those, but somebody does).

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 11:53

13. (unregistered)


^^Depending on the phone, they give you the cheap ones, or old discontinued ones for free. You don't get the nice phones, I hate when people come in asking me that, can I get the Dare free? NO! You have a certain number amount of free phones.

posted on 13 Aug 2008, 10:47

78. (unregistered)


I love when people came back 3 months after getting their FREE sam340 and complain about what a peice of shit it is. My response is always "how much did you pay for that phone?" when they respond "nothing" i then ask them if they've ever heard the saying "you get what you pay for" they don't like that...but they deserve it

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 11:54

14. (unregistered)


My first thoughts of VVM for VZW is that it's very good and works well. For me I get half off this for having a dealer line.

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 12:10

15. (unregistered)


i work for verizon, the reason we charge for vvm and att doesnt is because ours actually does more. you can forward the vm from your phone to another phone or a fax. the iphone doesnt do mms (pic messaging), with verizon's vvm lets say your wife or husband sends you a voicemail of your kids first words or something like that, you can send that vm as a mms to your phone and save the sound as a ringtone. there are a few other things that verizon's vvm does that att's doesnt do, but i dont have my comparison sheet in front of me right now

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 17:16

37. (unregistered)


it's still pretty lame... the whole concept is useless and not worth a penny in my opinion when you can get similar or even more for free with any network even including verizon. It's called youmail.

posted on 13 Aug 2008, 13:20

85. phone_queen1977 (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Aug 2008)


Wow did you you learn how that at College? I to work for Verizon what with all you cheap people out there willing to have a service for free thats no good. I mean if your happy with your limited features sure why not! But most red blooded Americans work hard for what they have! So if their going to have something even if paying a little bit why not so you can relax and know its going to work! The only lame thing going on here is the on educated under read who want everything free so they can bitch about it not working later!

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 17:56

104. critofur (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


What company provides free cell phone service? None that I know of? If I'm paying $50 a month for cell phone service and I want visual voice mail (which seems so basic I can't believe it doesn't come standard with EVERY cell phone) then I don't understand where you get off complaining to me about me not wanting to pay EVEN MORE than I'm already paying for something that just plain makes sense to have as a standard phone feature in this day and age when we have things like COMPUTERS and phones that have powerful computers + full qwerty keyboards even!?!

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 12:21

16. (unregistered)


i love verizons service...but i hate how they charge for every little thing...i would love to have this but im not going to pay even more for it, my bill i high enough already just with everything else, guess ill just be sticking with the good ol reliable free voice mail and MMS

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 12:30

19. (unregistered)


technically, good ol reliable voicemail is not free. it uses your airtime minutes.

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 12:32

20. (unregistered)


its just not an additional charge. the charge is included in the monthly fee/plan since your paying for the minutes

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 12:32

21. (unregistered)


I agree 100% I'm the average consumer, living with the average family. I have a wife, and two kids (with a third on the way). Prices for everything are soaring and while Verizon's service is the best there is, their prices certainly reflect it. I'm defiantly paying for my reliability, with some added surcharges along the way. I work in an average office in a moderate position. My salary is average. My life, in itself, is average. I'm the epitome of the "average consumer". My bills are high already, and while I'm having to pay $4.16 a gallon for gas, I don't think anyone in my situation, or a similar one is going to be forking over any MORE money to Verizon. I use their wireless, TV, Internet, and home phone services as well. The majority of my paycheck goes to them. It would be nice if they could let us have some nice features, without having to charge us every which way. I understand they're running a business, but I guarantee that they would be more acclaimed for having VVM if they didn't charge for it. This will be another feature that everyone will forget about, because no one can really afford the amenity.

posted on 12 Aug 2008, 00:43

59. LessthanZach (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Apr 2008)


I honestly do not think that them giving it away for free will make anyone leave att and come to vzw, that's why they charge for it. I am in your boat in terms of my income and I am married an buried with debt. But no one else even offers this service for free, atts is 30 bucks with the iphone and I am not aware of any other phone that offers this service. You should get youmail. it's free and works well (i use it). Go to youmail.com

posted on 12 Aug 2008, 09:25

71. (unregistered)


The one thing that i think is silly is the extra charge for detailed billing.. that use to be free... ps make sure when you upgrade your sales rep doesnt select streamlined billing or you lose detailed and have to pay for it

posted on 13 Aug 2008, 10:53

79. (unregistered)


I love how verizon gets vilified for it's prices, yet family share prices across the big three are almost identical I phone plans that include everything (except text) are mandatory, Verizons plans for Dare, Voyager,Glyde are optional and if taken give more features than the I-phones VVM is a gimmick that 99% of you don't need, you just want a reason to bitch about Verizon

posted on 18 Nov 2008, 22:33

99. (unregistered)


#21 AMEN to that too.

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 17:59

105. critofur (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Are you serious? I don't see the bills because I'm on my friend's family plan. But this is beyond rediculous?!? Really? You have to PAY for detailed billing???!?? Wow.

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 12:28

18. RyanKing (unregistered)


I dont think its about the $2.99, I think its about the principle behind it. If VZW were to continue to offer VVM for free it could create a marketing strategy against ATT. But then again I personally really just dont care about VVM.

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 14:41

28. (unregistered)


than why are u commenting on this subject if you dont care,

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 20:15

49. RyanKing (unregistered)


I don't care about VVM; I care about the principle of charge behind it. ;)

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 13:12

22. (unregistered)


I want a big mac value meal. i want it super sized but dont want to pay extra and throw in a free ice cream cone, after all ive been going to Mcdonalds since forever those jerks nickel and dime me for everything. you people make me sick

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 14:39

27. (unregistered)


Good then plug in the toaster and take it for a swim

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