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Who was that silent caller?

February 19, 2008 - Steve Murch
One thing I’ve never understood is why people have caller ID but not an answering machine or voicemail.

We get calls at The News all the time from people who will say “Yeah, someone from there called me.” When you ask them who, they tell you the number came up on caller ID. When you ask them if the caller left a name, they say they don’t have an answering machine.

This is the 21st century, right?

We have 35-40 people in six departments spread out over two floors in a big building working during the day. It could be anyone from any department. What makes it more confounding is they have no idea who could have called and why. I don’t have the time to roam through the building to track down who might have called someone, yet that person usually expects me to do just that.

Now there are those who have call waiting or some other feature that won’t let you leave a message on an answering machine, but we encounter a number of people who simply have caller ID with no answering machine or voicemail.

It would be much simpler if you’d just get the answering machine. In fact, do they even make phones without an answering machine anymore?


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