answering machines

Can I still buy an answering machine?

Panasonic DECT 6.0 Silver Cordless Phone with Answering Machine

Episode 1463

Bon from San Diego, CA

Bob wants to know where he can get a basic answering machine. Do they make them anymore? Leo says that he can still get them from AT&T and Panasonic. Most of them are cordless though, with a base station for the wireless phones. So it's a phone system and an answering machine all in one. And they're all digital, so there are no tapes to buy. Bob should check Best Buy, Staples, and even Amazon. Leo likes Panasonic because they use the DECT standard.

Can I turn my PC into an answering machine?

Episode 1247

Wayne from Decatur, GA

Wayne ordered a computer online and he wants to know if there's a program that he can plug into his computer and make it into an answering machine. Leo says there is, but he doesn't recommend them. He would need a voice modem to support it. ZyXEL still sells them, but Wayne would have to leave his PC on all the time and connected to the phone line. Then there's always the risk that the computer will answer the phone instead of him. It's far easier to just buy an answering machine. Or rely on the phone company's own voice messaging.