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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Busha, May 18, 2010.

  1. Busha

    Busha Member
    Thread Starter

    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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  2. InstantKarma

    InstantKarma Android Expert

    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.
  3. I was going to say, you dont have voicemail? Voicemail is the new answering machines, those are so 1990s
  4. locus

    locus Member

    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.
  5. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Hrmm, something that records a call when you can't answer...

    Voicemail! :p

    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.
  6. Busha

    Busha Member
    Thread Starter

    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
  7. takeshi

    takeshi Android Expert

    Interesting. I don't know anyone around me that DOESN'T use voicemail...
  8. Busha

    Busha Member
    Thread Starter

    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...
  9. sansapp

    sansapp Lurker

    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.
  10. Rob_A

    Rob_A Android Expert

    If they don't want to bother leaving voicemails, what makes you think they'll bother leaving you a message on the answering machine?
  11. lucas.robb

    lucas.robb Newbie

    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.

  12. lifeonmtv

    lifeonmtv Android Enthusiast

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

    afaik, android doesn't allow recording and saving incoming voice calls.
  13. 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.
  14. DenverRalphy

    DenverRalphy Android Enthusiast

    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.
  15. 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! :D
  16. DenverRalphy

    DenverRalphy Android Enthusiast

    I stand corrected. :) I missed that one in the thread. :eek:
  17. lunameow

    lunameow Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. malav6789

    malav6789 Lurker

    yes I am also looking for some application which can answer the call and play my pre recorded message imidiately after one ring.
    erssinsavas likes this.
  19. meldroc

    meldroc Lurker

    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.
  20. kpbird

    kpbird Lurker

  21. mjschmidt

    mjschmidt Android Expert

    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.
  22. mjschmidt

    mjschmidt Android Expert

  23. Nick-B

    Nick-B Newbie

    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).
  24. k84040

    k84040 Lurker

    I asked this question a few days ago (thread: http://androidforums.com/android-applications/311872-android-voice-answer-machine.html ) 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.
  25. mwlcarter

    mwlcarter Lurker

    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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