Allow Outgoing Messages - PLEASE !!!
It is imperative to have an outgoing messages. I live in Las Vegas. My phone number is 1 number different from the major hospital here. I field an average of 53 calls a day that are wrong numbers.
Back when we were allowed to have an outbound message, my message with say, "If you are calling Sunrise Hospital, you have dialed incorrectly, please call 702-xxx-xxxx. If you are trying to reach (MY Company) please leave a message.
Now not only do you not allow a customized outgoing message, your generic message is that of a young lady with a British accent. This is the United States, not Great Britain. My customers call, get someone with a British accent and think they have called the wrong number.
I pay for two separate SKYPE accounts with phone numbers. I would gladly pay more to have an out-going message like we used to be able to do.
Let me ask you this, what telephone answering message system anywhere in the world does not allow you to leave a customized outgoing message? This is ridiculous.
Now, I understand why no one is leaving messages. They don't know they've reached me. I've used my Skype in number since 2007 for my single-person business. Losing this feature is enough to switch my loyalty elsewhere. I'm sure I've lost more customers than it will cost to pay for another VOIP solution. Call forwarding is an awkward setup as the delay takes too long, so calls drop before I can answer. Thus, I want to send calls to voice mail, where my personalized message helps the real people who call me know they've reached the right number.
James Allen commented
I am not a woman with a British accent. I want to create my own outgong message!
Julie Wolf commented
Get more votes for this. A very useful feature! Tweeting it.
Dale Feinstein commented
Yes, please re-add this feature. I use Skype for my small business and I used to have a custom outgoing voicemail announcement in my own voice. Now, I have to forward all of my Skype calls to another telephone number in order for my clients and potential clients to listen to my custom outgoing message.
As Skype was promoted for business and I pay for a SkypeIn telephone number, custom outgoing voicemail announcements should never have been removed.