Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Voice Mail

So this, to me, is one of the craziest things, ever! My new Avaya desk phone will let you surf the web but it doesn't have voice mail. How on earth can you function at IBM without voice mail?

Well you have an ID that you use to log in and log out of your telephone. If you don't log in then when people call you they get a busy signal. That means that the person should try you on your mobile phone (if they know the number) or they should try again later. Oh, and most of the cell phones don't have voice mail either.

I don't know if it is a hold over from the days of communism, or what, but Czechs don't like to leave voice mails. However, they do love to SMS. SMS = text messaging over here. So if it is truely important then you will get an SMS. I wonder how easy the text messages are to follow when the regular cell phones don't have all of the extra Czech letters on them? Hmmm...something else to figure out.

There's another IBMer from Atlanta in Bratislava, Slovakia. It's about 120 km (~85 miles) from here and he said that the voice mail thing applies to Slovakia as well. Makes sense given that they were one country less than 20 years ago.

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