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Old May 18th, 2010, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there any answering machine app for Android ? I have found one but it answers only by sending SMS to someone but I need something real so I can record message and when someone calls it answers the call with preset voice message. I need that often when I wash my car outside or play with my dog and I leave my phone inside the house. Tnx
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Your carrier doesn't have voicemail?

To answer your question, though, GoogleVoice also has voicemail but you'll have long wait to get signed up with them.
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I was going to say, you dont have voicemail? Voicemail is the new answering machines, those are so 1990s
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some people have to pay extra for voice mail, by having an app that works like an answer machine you would save some money, Symbian S60 has had this for years, I have voice mail, i think its better but I know people who use this type of app, works for them.
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Is there any answering machine app for Android ? I have found one but it answers only by sending SMS to someone but I need something real so I can record message and when someone calls it answers the call with preset voice message. I need that often when I wash my car outside or play with my dog and I leave my phone inside the house. Tnx
Hrmm, something that records a call when you can't answer...


Voicemail!


Seriously though, in your case, google voice allows you to record multiple incoming greetings and the ability to switch between them. So if you can get your hands on a google voice invite, you can use google voice for your voicemail.
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Yep, on my operator I must pay to listen the messages and it is not so convinient. This way I open the app, select what to say and voila, when I return I just listen messages. I dont know ANYONE around me who uses voicemail. With this app I can make 5 messages of where I am and quickly turn that on. Symbian has that But tnx for the help, I will se what this google voice do, altough Im not sure if it works in Croatia. Cheers
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Interesting. I don't know anyone around me that DOESN'T use voicemail...
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I guess you are not living in Croatia :-))) I have checked today, we do have voicemail and it is free for me to listen messages but 99% of people will not leave the message after the phone rings 5 times so I wont use it...I never do, I just call later...
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Angry answering app for call screening

I use Sprint Sanyo phones because they can be set to answer automatically while allowing you to hear the message as it is left so you don't have to interrupt whatever you are doing but you can answer if you want. This is great for people that get tons of important messages from people they don't want to talk to but want to save the message for more than a month and that need to be able to access the messages even in areas without service. I like the Katana dlx the best because all the messages can be loaded onto memory card. Why is Symbian the only other OS that can do this and not android or iphone or microsoft? There are a couple of windows mobile apps that try to do this but they only work on a few phones and lock up alot and don't mute the mic on most phones.
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If they don't want to bother leaving voicemails, what makes you think they'll bother leaving you a message on the answering machine?
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I have a similar dilemma... right now I pay $57 per month and I get 200 minutes, unlimited text nights and weekends @9, 500mb data, and call display... I don't use all 200 minutes, and I use approximately 1/3 of the data plan... but voicemail would cost another $12 per month... I can be a cheapskate but really I don't think that I am... regardless I think that is outrageous, I would love to get an app that would record these messages to my phone's SD card... I mostly want it so that when I'm at work or at school, if someone calls my phone will save the message.

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i can't see the possibility of an app existing for this purpose

afaik, android doesn't allow recording and saving incoming voice calls.
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Interesting. I don't know anyone around me that DOESN'T use voicemail...
Ditto.

And if it's the custom in Croatia to not leave messages, then people won't leave messages on a separate answering machine app either. Your prob is a cultural one, Busha, not a technical one.

Me, I'm easy: if people don't bother to leave a message when they perfectly well can, then I'm not at all interested in who called for what. If it's important they'll leave a message. If they don't it's not important. Ignore the call.
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Quit busting on the guy. The issue isn't whether people will or will not leave messages. The issue is actually HAVING voicemail for his service. Unfortunately in Croatia, it seems they have to pay extra for voicemail, as well burn minutes to listen to voicemail.

It wasn't so long ago in the US that voicemail was an extra charge and it cost you minutes to check the voicemail from your cell device, and I recall many a user who didn't pay for it.
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Quit busting on the guy. The issue isn't whether people will or will not leave messages. The issue is actually HAVING voicemail for his service. Unfortunately in Croatia, it seems they have to pay extra for voicemail, as well burn minutes to listen to voicemail.
Better read before you get your knickers in a twist, Ralphy:

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I guess you are not living in Croatia :-))) I have checked today, we do have voicemail and it is free for me to listen messages but 99% of people will not leave the message after the phone rings 5 times so I wont use it...I never do, I just call later...
So the OP does have voicemail, and it is free to check. But people just don't leave messages there*! So whatever recording device you install, people won't use it!

*probably the main reason voicemail is free overthere: the voicemail service doesn't cost providers there anything either because nobody ever uses it!
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Better read before you get your knickers in a twist, Ralphy:



So the OP does have voicemail, and it is free to check. But people just don't leave messages there*! So whatever recording device you install, people won't use it!

*probably the main reason voicemail is free overthere: the voicemail service doesn't cost providers there anything either because nobody ever uses it!
I stand corrected. I missed that one in the thread.
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I read it as the OP's friends won't wait through five rings to leave a voicemail. If he has something that goes straight to a recorded message (other than just turning the phone off), that might work better for him.
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yes I am also looking for some application which can answer the call and play my pre recorded message imidiately after one ring.
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One thing I liked doing back when I had a land-line phone was call screening - let the call go to the answering machine, listen to it to find out who was calling, and if it was a person you felt like talking to, then pick up.

That's not possible with voice-mail, unless the carriers find it in them to implement some way to do real-time call-screening.
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It's simple application work as answering machine

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.devindia.acr&feature=search_result
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I am in a somewhat similar situation. Here in Canada, on the Rogers network at least, we have to pay extra per month for the option of voicemail.

I would like an app that will answer incoming calls like voicemail.

Google Voice is not an option, as they don't have canadian numbers.

I know there are apps in the market that rely on redirecting incoming unanswered calls to another number for the service in question, but this can also lead to longdistance charges or use of minutes.

So really, I need an app that will answer the call on my phone, instead of redirecting it, play a message, and then record the message from the callers, and then alert me that the message is there.
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Auto Call Answer,

It's simple application work as answering machine

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.devindia.acr&feature=search_result
This app has only a 1 star rating, and no reviews. I certainly won't be the first person to find out whether or not it is crappy/malware/steals user info.
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I'm with T-Mobile in the UK and voicemail calls don't come out of my monthly inclusive calls allowance so I would have to pay for every message I listen to.

I've scanned through this thread and haven't spotted a mention of Hullomail (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.hullomail.messaging.android), it completely replaces your carrier's voicemail and you can access messages by calling a regular landline number (I assume that there are numbers for different countries but haven't checked) which comes out of my allowance, using their app with my data allowance or using the web interface from a PC. In addition it will optionally email all voicemails to you in mp3 format and, if you don't mind ads in the app (messages are unaffected) then its free.

I know not all carriers allow you to redirect your voicemail to it but it's worth checking out in case it fits your needs. I especially like the fact that the app shows who the messages are from and I can play any of them in any order (the app shows which are read/unread).
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I asked this question a few days ago (thread: Android Voice Answer 'Machine' ) and with a bit of help found Hullomail.

There is a free version (with ads) and and a paid version (exactly the same but without ads) and it is brilliant. For all those who scoff at users who don't have free voicemail, some of us don't - and have to pay for it. This app is great and does exactly what it says on the tin.

As Nick-B says, it will answer your call if you can't take it, play a standard (or recorded) message and will send an mp3 message directly to your phone. You then have a list of missed calls with the number of the sender, along with the 'voicemail', take them in any order, play back as often as required - or even keep them.

Great app - BUT .... I think that it only currently works in the UK.
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Quit busting on the guy. The issue isn't whether people will or will not leave messages. The issue is actually HAVING voicemail for his service. Unfortunately in Croatia, it seems they have to pay extra for voicemail, as well burn minutes to listen to voicemail.

It wasn't so long ago in the US that voicemail was an extra charge and it cost you minutes to check the voicemail from your cell device, and I recall many a user who didn't pay for it.
Yep, that's the way it currently is in Canada, too. Voicemail and Call Display are extra (typically $6 each!), and you use your voice minutes calling in to retrieve voicemail messages.

And Google Voice is only available in the USA, so that doesn't help.

We need an app that will answer the phone after a user-defined number of rings, play a recorded message, and then record onto SD card. It certainly sounds basic and doable, but perhaps there are Android OS limitations on those functions.
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I asked this question a few days ago (thread: Android Voice Answer 'Machine' ) and with a bit of help found Hullomail.

There is a free version (with ads) and and a paid version (exactly the same but without ads) and it is brilliant. For all those who scoff at users who don't have free voicemail, some of us don't - and have to pay for it. This app is great and does exactly what it says on the tin.

As Nick-B says, it will answer your call if you can't take it, play a standard (or recorded) message and will send an mp3 message directly to your phone. You then have a list of missed calls with the number of the sender, along with the 'voicemail', take them in any order, play back as often as required - or even keep them.

Great app - BUT .... I think that it only currently works in the UK.
The problem with hullomail is that you have to pay for the call forwarding to their service, my networks takes it out of my inclusive call allowance but those on payg or networks that charge for call forwarding it can work out pricey if you get cold called..
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tasker could possibly get you close, but you'd still need a rooted phone and a kernel that allows inbound call voice recording to even begin to try to achieve this.
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Great app - BUT .... I think that it only currently works in the UK.
Looking at their website, it is available outside the UK but only to a few countries: Get vocal with HulloMail, so isn't going to be a solution for Busha, hopefully they'll keep expanding and include more countries. Apologies for not noticing where you were from Busha.

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The problem with hullomail is that you have to pay for the call forwarding to their service, my networks takes it out of my inclusive call allowance but those on payg or networks that charge for call forwarding it can work out pricey if you get cold called..
Good point, I had forgotten that as I get a free booster with my account and have chosen free landline calls which covers the forwarding and retrieval of voicemail.
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FYI -- I don't think this is mentioned anywhere in the thread but a VM/answering machine app won't do any good for those times that you don't have coverage or your phone is off. That's why carrier VM is set up the way it is. If your phone is unreachable the VM system can still handle unanswered calls for you.

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The problem with hullomail is that you have to pay for the call forwarding to their service, my networks takes it out of my inclusive call allowance but those on payg or networks that charge for call forwarding it can work out pricey if you get cold called..
Any VM service will. How else would it be able to handle unanswered calls for you unless the service is set up like Google Voice (with a GV number)?
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GoogleVoice will do this, and also replace your carrier's voicemail for your phone.
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GoogleVoice will do this, and also replace your carrier's voicemail for your phone.
yes, but as people keep pointing out, GV doesn't really work for people outside the US. Not everyone lives in the USA. ;-)
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yes, but as people keep pointing out, GV doesn't really work for people outside the US. Not everyone lives in the USA. ;-)
It's easy enough to get around that restriction though
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Great, do you mind giving us a step by step process to "get around" that problem?

If I have to call a number that is long-distance from me, then it doesn't work. I'm in the Toronto area. I need to call a 905, 289, or 416 number or it's long distance for me.
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Great, do you mind giving us a step by step process to "get around" that problem?

If I have to call a number that is long-distance from me, then it doesn't work. I'm in the Toronto area. I need to call a 905, 289, or 416 number or it's long distance for me.
Use Seven Proxies when registering for a Google Account. You just need to make sure(When registering for Google), you appear to be in the US.

So, in your case, just drive across the border, use an open wifi there, and register your new google account.

How long it will work for? Who knows, but work-arounds tend to break, so be aware.
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PSkeptic: Okay, but my GV number will not be a Canadian number. If I redirect incoming calls to a GV number, I will be charged for long distance.
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Default To bring this back to the original point

I too found this thread while looking for a "answering machine" app, and not for the possibility of "free voice mail", but because I miss the old school days when one could screen ones calls (before CallerID). I was hoping someone had made an app that could allow you to play a message to the caller and be able to listen to the caller's message in real time, and if you choose to, talk to them. I think that's what the person was looking for, or maybe not (I kinda skipped over all the other nonsense about whether voice mail is free in Croatia... focus people, focus!)

Anyway, thats why I'm here. Maybe someone knows someone that can write an app for that. Just remember you heard it here first!

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Old April 29th, 2011, 11:13 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Sorry, can't help ya-- I totally screen my calls, I just wait for them to leave a message, listen to it, and decide if I want to call them back.
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When I had a symbian phone, things were so easy. I used IVCM (interactive voice call master) to handle incoming calls.
This app is near to perfection, it can distinguish callers (in address book, in some whitelist, in a blacklist, unknown callers and, last but not least, private numbers)
For any of those you can define a suitable treatment, invoke the answering machine after xx seconds, play a notification then hang up, forward the call to another number, play the busy tone, and more options.
Furthermore you can schedule the behaviour, so the phone switches to answering machine at once during the night, let only friends reach you in the evening etc...
Outgoing messages can be personalised by address group, country (=different language!), friends, private number callers etc..
This is a call to the Android developer community. Please build us an app with a similar usability, picking things up where IVCM stopped.
I will be your first customer and prepared to pay well for it!
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 11:42 PM   #39 (permalink)
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hmm noticed i had posted in this thread before

coincidentially, my current kernel allows automatic inbound call recording so i was wrong, it should be possible.

i'll try setting this up using tasker and see if it's possible, will report back
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Old June 4th, 2011, 12:33 AM   #40 (permalink)
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I guess Google Voice can't solve everything for everybody. I have no suggestions other than that. Wish OP best of luck. Good thread.
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Yup. Looking for this solution too. All the carriers here in the Philippines don't offer free voicemail for prepaid (pay as you go) accounts.
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In the same boat as my fellow Canucks. It's pretty sad that in 2011 options like Caller ID and voicemail are extra.
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Hey guys am from India..here we cant use the google voice features yet...but i have seen an application in Samsung Wave 2 bada OS (Arabic Version) which had in built voice answering machine in it..no bugs at all working completely fine..hence I have also placed a request in this forum for such app in android to the developers..the post is as follows...

Hey Developers,
Yesterday I came accross an application in Samsung bada OS which had built in voice answering machine. I tried to search for the voice answering machine in Android, there were all text answering. I was wondering, if any developers can develop such application for android OS.
The application was like if anyone calls us the caller would hear the answering machines recorded voice and after the beep the caller can leave a message, which gets stored in the SD card and user can later listen to the voice message.
The application had 3 things in the settings. First-Activate/Deactivate ans machine. Second-After how many seconds the call goes to answering machine, there were 3 options in there 10s, 20s, 30s. Third-Recorded voice for the caller, that also had 3 options in there Male voice asking to leave msg, Female voice asking to leave msg and User default greeting.
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Hey guys am from India..here we cant use the google voice features yet...but i have seen an application in Samsung Wave 2 bada OS (Arabic Version) which had in built voice answering machine in it..no bugs at all working completely fine..hence I have also placed a request in this forum for such app in android to the developers..the post is as follows...

Hey Developers,
Yesterday I came accross an application in Samsung bada OS which had built in voice answering machine. I tried to search for the voice answering machine in Android, there were all text answering. I was wondering, if any developers can develop such application for android OS.
The application was like if anyone calls us the caller would hear the answering machines recorded voice and after the beep the caller can leave a message, which gets stored in the SD card and user can later listen to the voice message.
The application had 3 things in the settings. First-Activate/Deactivate ans machine. Second-After how many seconds the call goes to answering machine, there were 3 options in there 10s, 20s, 30s. Third-Recorded voice for the caller, that also had 3 options in there Male voice asking to leave msg, Female voice asking to leave msg and User default greeting.
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I don't use voicemail. I prefer missed calls. And TMO won't let me use the stuff I'd want for the message (SIT tones and profanity). I only keep VM for one doctor's office that has the most screwed up way of reminding for appointments that I have ever seen.

I never checked the landline answering machine when we had a landline. Mostly pests anyway.
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I don't use voice mail and would love a phone-based application that will record messages. Callers wouldn't even know what system you're using when they're asked to leave a message, so if they'll leave a message on voice mail, they'll leave one on a phone application.

So why don't I use voice mail? Because I have to pay to access it and most times it's a waste of time as I know that someone has been trying to contact me anyway and if it's someone who matters I can call them back.

We don't all live in the U.S. you know! I go to mainland Europe frequently and if I had to be continually accessing voice mail for messages left by U.K. callers, it would cost me a lot of money.

I'm sorry to say this but occasionally I find the attitude of some members of this site very irritating. When a member asks for an app such as this, I assume that there's a good reason why he wants it. Others just seem to suggest that he's some kind of idiot because all he has to do is turn on his voice mail! Give people credit for knowing what they want and don't assume that everyone lives in the US, never goes to a foreign country and gets free voice mail access. Some of us don't fit the stereotype!
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 10:26 AM   #47 (permalink)
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i can't see the possibility of an app existing for this purpose

afaik, android doesn't allow recording and saving incoming voice calls.
I think you are correct. I asked this question on another forum a year ago and someone thought it was such a good idea that he/she was going to write a app. Later on it was mentioned that "android doesn't allow recording and saving incoming voice calls" so nothing more happened.
I hope I am correct on this.

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don't assume that everyone lives in the US, never goes to a foreign country and gets free voice mail access. Some of us don't fit the stereotype!
Indeed!
In fact that 'stereotype' represents only 4% of the global population. So it's not a stereotype at all, but actually a small minority, an exception!
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"android doesn't allow recording and saving incoming voice calls" so nothing more happened.
I hope I am correct on this.
I hope not...
But I'm afraid you are.
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Indeed!
In fact that 'stereotype' represents only 4% of the global population. So it's not a stereotype at all, but actually a small minority, an exception!
Oh come on! A large proportion of that 96% don't even have electricity, let alone smartphones. I think you'll find that the largest number of members of this forum are US based.

You tend not to get many Finns, Chinese, Tibetans and Peruvians on this forum. I suspect that the language may be a problem!
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