Letting some of it trickle out while trying to soak it all in

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

You've reached Ben Abbott at 907-45. . .

Why do people restate their number in their voice-mail messages? There are plenty of useful things we could be including in our messages. A few years ago my brother turned his message into a weekly trivia quiz:

"This is Sam. How many Nieuport 17 fighter planes were made during WWII? Last week's answer: Rene Descartes." 

But your phone number? That's the one piece of information you can be sure every caller already has..

I wonder how many minutes are spent annually listening to the restatement of phone numbers. I wonder how much AT&T made on that last year.

If any of you are number-restaters, or have insight into number-stater psychology, please phone me up. My voice-mail greeting will let you know the number to call.


  1. Amen. I also do not enjoy it when people's voicemail ONLY says there number and not their name. I always feel nervous that I am leaving a vm with the wrong party.

  2. My dad has the best voice mail, right now it says something like "arrrgh you've reach captain Rolf, I'm stormin' the high seas right now, but leave me a message and I'll call you back." Brilliant.