We had our old answer machine for such a long time, that I can’t even tell you how old it was. It finally stopped working. You may wonder why we needed one? I do all my phone calls on my smartphone, and receive messages on it, but my husband doesn’t use his.
He has a smartphone, but only uses it to access the Internet when he is home, and anywhere they have free WIFI. He has a flip phone for making, and receiving calls, and 99% of the time it is sitting at home. If he has it with him, it is usually not switched on. Therefore we need the landline.
We also go away for vacations, and having an answer machine allows me to pick up calls each day. I won’t have them redirected to my cellphone, as so many are robo calls.
The AT&T digital answer system is so much more advanced than our old system, so I am taking the information from the website about it:
‘This stand-alone answering system records outgoing announcements and incoming messages on a microchip, so there are no tricky tapes or moving parts to manage. Digital operation ensures reliable performance, instant access to messages, and the ability to selectively save and delete on command. Stay organized with the time/day stamp, which announces the time and day each message was recorded before playback. With remote access, it’s possible to listen to mail or even change your outgoing greeting by calling in from any touchtone phone.
User-friendly push-button controls and an easy-to-read display.
Message Guard memory ensures your inbox is available even in the event of a power failure, and 60 minutes of digital recording time allow you to save or receive messages without worry they’ll be cut off. Plus, the unit features variable speed playback, so you can choose how quickly to hear your messages.’
If you are old fashioned and still have a landline, then you may wish to update your answer machine. I paid full price for this machine, and believe that $15.99 is a very reasonable price for it. It is so simple to set up, and use. I love it.