Pogue claims some success with Take Back the Beep campaign


For the past few weeks New York Times technology columnist David Pogue has been urging readers to complain to Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T about voice mail instructions that consumers hear when they leave messages or retrieve their own.

The 15-second message amount to theft of customers money and time, according to Pogue.

The campaign is beginning to work.

2 Responses to “Pogue claims some success with Take Back the Beep campaign”

  1. Judy says:

    Jon, do you and your on-air guest not know that in most cases if the #1 key is pushed on your phone during that annoying pre-beep message it will bypass and go directly to the beep?? You would do your listeners and the world a great service by sharing this little trick!!

  2. Nick says:

    Great bit this morning!

    With AT&T you need to push the ‘2’ button to bypass the voicemail. Some carriers still don’t allow a bypass (Trust me, I try pressing 1 or 2 everytime I leave a voicemail). Checking voicemail is now the irritating part. The prerecorded messages says “you have x unhear message(s), 1st unheard message.” Why doesn’t it just play the message(s)? Who cares how many you have.