Tomm from Pennsylvania writes:
I dumped my landline and hooked up a cell phone just for the house. I hooked phone to a Panasonic LINK TO CELL system with 4 phones and 1 base with answering machine at $169.00 ,however this machine does not answer cell calls only landline calls ,after doing some research I find NO answering machine on the market will answer cell calls.So I must physically pick up cell phone and use its answering features.Got any ideas More and more folks are dumping land lines So WHY hasn’t anyone come up with a machine that will work with cell calls.
Tomm, mainly because every cellphone already has a device that records your calls, the cell phone itself and its voicemail options.
Answering machine sales have been dropping for years. First, when most phone companies began to offer voice mail as an option and again when cell phones began to replace land lines.
Since cell phones offer the convenience of voicemail right there on the phone, a device like an answering machine would be redundant. Also remember that a cell phone is a very different device that a home phone.
In fact, a smartphone isn’t really a phone at all. It’s just a small tablet computer with an app that makes phone calls and a SIM card that allows a phone number to be assigned to the device.
Answering machines worked pretty simply. You plugged the phone line into the answering machine and the answering machine into your phone.
The process for recording from a cell phone would be much more complicated. The call would somehow need to get from the phone app on your smartphone (which is a small tablet computer) to a recording device. Your cell number is tied to the SIM card in your phone, so your calls must come through the smartphone. To work with a smartphone, an answering machine would have to somehow answer the incoming call on the phone app, communicate a message, record any message to you and hang up, all while bypassing the voice mail system for your phone.
More and more homes are giving up the idea of a centralized phone for the household and switching to each family member having their own device with its own voicemail system. That makes a device like an answering machine more difficult to sell.