Voicemails

I remember a night a few years ago, when one of my good friends asked his wife, (also my good friend) how many saved voicemails she had in her cell phone.  She had about a dozen, while he apparently had only two or three.  At any given moment, I probably have between 11 and 22.  Right now, I have 16.

Each time my Dad, or my husband, or a close friend leaves a voicemail, I save it.  I’ll continue to re-save it until that person leaves another voicemail. It doesn’t really matter what the message is, and I have saved more “I’m on my way home, see you soon” messages from my husband than I can count.  I need to know I have at least one message saved from each person I love.

My friend, with the large stash of saved voicemails, lost her brother just a few months after I lost Mom.  I didn’t ask, but I’m pretty sure she does it for the same reason I do.

After my Mom died, it took me a while to recognize all of the things that I lost when I lost her.  There are the obvious things, like not having someone to send a card to on Mother’s Day.  There were the less obvious things, like no longer having someone who would always understand and empathize with the fact that it wasn’t fair that I could still get pimples when I was starting to get wrinkles around my eyes.

And then there are the things no one can possibly tell you.  Like the fact that no one would ever care as much as she would have how pretty my hair looked on my wedding day.  And the realization that no matter how many photos I had (a lot) or how many pieces of her jewelry I wore to work each week (more than reasonable) there were some things that were just gone forever.

I don’t have any recording of Mom’s voice.  Not one of the hundreds of voicemails she left to tell me she loved me, or ask where I wanted to eat when I came to visit.  Not a single poor-quality VHS tape of her singing Happy Birthday to me or my brother.  Nothing.

I would give anything to hear her say my name, or ask for a glass of water, or yell at the cat for knocking something over.  No one ever tells you how much value a voice holds, and that there is nothing that will fill the void that it leaves.

So I save too many voicemails now.  They are my security blanket.  Because if I have them, those people can’t leave me entirely, no matter what.  I will always have a little tiny something to hold onto.

And sometimes a little tiny something can be the thing that keeps you sane.

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42 Comments:

  1. Rachel Worell said on July 14, 2010 at 10:06 am ... #

    FINALLY! Someone else gets it! My voicemail box is usually full, and it annoys everyone around me, but I do the exact same thing you do.
    I am lucky enough to have one from my dad. All it says is, “Hi Babe, just calling to check in. Mmbye.” I can’t delete it, even though I found a way to put it on a tape. I just can’t risk that it would go away and I would lose access to his accent, his rhythms, anything. I cried when I bought a new cell phone because I thought I would lose it, and the man at Verizon had to comfort me. Ha!
    Thanks for writing such an affrming article :)

  2. Maggie said on July 14, 2010 at 10:50 am ... #

    Oh my goodness, I do the same thing!! I thought I was the only one. My husband thinks it is so weird but I like having at least 1 for all of my loved ones.

    Another amazing article, Alisha :)

  3. Rhonda said on July 14, 2010 at 11:00 am ... #

    I still had 2 of my late husband’s voice mails from 3 years ago on my phone until a week ago. I downloaded them onto my computer (and do regular backups) to keep forever. His cancer caused him to become very hostile towards the end, but these voice mails were from early on when he was loving. So, it helps me remember the times “before cancer.” Comforting.

  4. ANGELA ZYLKA said on July 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm ... #

    Dear Alisha,
    You have had another “moment”with me from 1000 miles…I save voicemails too! Unfortunately, not one of my husbands.
    However we [the 3 kids & I]still have his pager # memorized 855-6662.It is similar to voicemails because it was our connection to him as he dashed from place to place…we knew he was just a call away…how I wish he could answer that page today.
    Thanks for your insightful article about your Mom
    & articulating what you have lost.This helps so much.
    Angela

  5. Tere said on July 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm ... #

    My mom used to record us kids and bring it to the hospital for Nana to listen to. She never thought to have Nana turn the cassette tape over and record her own voice. My mom always told me her biggest regret was not having her mom record something on cassette when she was dying in the hospital. This stuck with me.
    Back when we still had a land line with a digital answering machine, I liked to keep some messages from my Mom on there. When she called me at midnight new year’s (we always called each other on new years) and left me a sweet and funny message, I was out celebrating. For some reason I kept that one and a few weeks later she was in the hospital again and had to be trached for good. I would never hear her speak ever again. I would read her lips but she could only barely manage a whisper. She eventually died a couple years later but I still have that message she left me on the answering machine.
    And because of that, I save voice messages from loved ones. Just in case.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It helps to know I’m not alone.
    -Tere

  6. Karen Brady said on July 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm ... #

    There is nothing more Beautiful then a LOVED ones voice calling your name..
    GREAT article !
    May we all listen more closely and HIT the rewind button in our head as needed..

  7. Kaitlin said on July 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm ... #

    This is interesting, because I don’t have s voicemail of my mom before she died, but just a recorded message of her, from her phone. My sister and I bought her the phone for mother’s day because her old one was a ratty piece of you-know-what, and she was playing with all the new features on her phone. Well, after she passed I turned on her phone to see if I needed any phone numbers or anything off it, and I found a voice recording she’d made. “Hello Kaitlin, this is your mommy I love you goodbye.” I play it all the time over and over again, it brings me comfort all the time. I have it saved on multiple devices so that I never, ever lose it.

  8. Alisha said on August 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm ... #

    Oh, Grief, how you always find new ways to make an appearance…I logged into my old hotmail account today. I had saved a lot of emails that Mom and I had sent back and forth, and wanted to read a particular one.

    Surprise! Hotmail deletes all emails from “inactive” accounts. So, now no voicemails, no emails, just memories.

    Maybe this is my lesson that memories can be enough.

  9. sandy said on August 12, 2010 at 11:19 pm ... #

    I guess we all have special ways to cope with death. I grew up in California and my parents lived there until Mothers’ death. Then i brought my Father home with me 1500 miles from our place.
    Dad lived 10 months and then he had to leave me too. It has been 15 years since their deaths. I just pretend that they are alive and happy in California. Some days I say to myself,” I wonder why Mom never calls. I can picture them at home happy and alive. Guess It is make believe, but it has helped me Sandy

  10. Alisa said on August 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm ... #

    Alisha,
    Wow! I don’t feel so alone now. I thought I was the only one who did this sort of thing. I remember coming back home after being out of town for my son’s funeral. We were gone for almost two weeks due to the whole situation of his murder. I was listening to all the voicemails that had been left while we were gone and then BOOM out of seemingly know where, there is one from my son, it was a short one “mom, call me when you get this, I love you”…it had been there since three weeks before his murder. I would play it over and over for days right after his death. Then a month or so had gone by and I was going through voicemail again and deleting messages and when it came to his message, I accidentally hit the wrong button and just as quickly, I lost it forever. I was so upset and still cry that I can’t hear him anymore. I got a big suprise a couple of days ago. His girlfriend who still won’t give me his things, had sent me a message on facebook, out of the blue. It simply said, ” I thought you might like to have this”. ..and guess what, it was from our last christmas with Jeremy….I had forgotten that her brother was there and he had recorded some video on his camera…and I hear my son talking to his kids as they open their presents…it was such a blessing to me to get that and especially from her.
    On another note, my grandmother (my mom’s mom)passed away in 1987 when my daughter was six weeks old. Right after her funeral, we were at my uncle’s house and he remembered that his daughter had to interview my grandma for one of her classes in high school. Thankfully my uncle still had that cassette. I sat there that night and copied it and have listened to it many times. She talks about when and how she grew up and many other things. It is such a great thing to have.

  11. Matt said on August 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm ... #

    I just got back from czc camp today and in my healing circle with pete as my leader someone mentioned they have a phone of their loved one that they call just to hear te voice recording and that sounded so amazing to me. Now I am saving all my voice mails and hope to soon have all my love ones!

  12. Jarrod said on August 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm ... #

    Hi, my mom just recently passed away on July 31st. And it’s been really hard. I’m now entering the 8th Grade… She took me to school everyday. But what made me the most upset is a week before she died we got a family plan and it said you have reached the voicemail box. And she would say her name. I don’t even have it recorded…. I wish I had it. but I do have a video of her saying her name. And a picture of her in my phone. Since it was new, I had to try it out. And the very FIRST picture I took was of her… Yes, Voice does value. I talk to her alot more than people I live with. I hear her faint voice but it’s not enough to suffice… I’m so sorry.

  13. Casey said on August 28, 2010 at 6:52 am ... #

    I do a similar thing with emails. People often say ‘You give the best hugs’- I don’t know whether they know why I do that, but I guess you guys do. Thanks for making it feel normal.

  14. Ashleigh said on December 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm ... #

    When my mom died last year I recorded her cell phone voicemail greeting onto a tape so that I would never loose her voice. She lost her father at an early age and saved everyone’s voicemail too. In her voicemail greeting she says that she loves me, can’t wait to see me and wishes everyone a blessed day. She was a beautiful woman.

  15. Katie said on December 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm ... #

    Growing up, my mom woke us up for school by bursting into our bedrooms & singing. After she unexpectedly died last month, I discovered I had randomly saved a voicemail of her singing me “Happy Birthday” from months before. Now every morning when I wake up, I hear her sing through that voicemail.

  16. Rwiefer said on February 21, 2011 at 11:03 am ... #

    Well said.. I’ve always done this…

  17. Char said on April 4, 2011 at 10:05 am ... #

    This makes me feel more normal. I started doing this more than four years ago when I was a freshman in high school. Since then (because I refuse to use the phones afterward in case they get lost or stolen) I have accumulated three phones that have nothing but a voicemail each on them.

    My older brother was hit by a drunk driver and was killed on impact. It was three days before my fifteenth birthday. A couple days before his accident, my brother and I had gotten into a fight. We lived nearly 1500 miles apart and didn’t get to see each other too often. He had called to tell me that he wouldn’t be coming to visit for my birthday as planned because he was going to spend Thanksgiving with his fiance’s family. I was not pleased and pitched a bit of a fit about it. I was so angry with him that I didn’t answer his phone call after I hung up on him. I didn’t even listen to the voicemail until about a week after his funeral. I’d never been so happy to be scolded and being the guy that he was (after his rant about how much of a brat I was being) he told me he loved me and that he’d see me at Christmas.

    After that, I started saving voicemails. I hoped I would never need them, but it was comforting to know that I had a piece of the people I loved in case the worst happened. And happen it did. One of my best friends died in a motorcycle wreck after driving me to school less than a year later. His voicemail was just him letting me know he was picking me up for school in the morning and not to keep him waiting. He ended it in his normal “Love you, baby girl.” and that message meant so much to me after his accident and I wished more than anything I had been running late when he picked me up the next morning. If I had, I’d still have my best friend.

    The last message was saved only six months ago. My brother’s best friend, who had been like another brother to me since birth, was calling to let me know that his latest doctor’s appointment went well and that he was in remission. Six weeks later he was in the ICU and he never made it back out. He died less than a week after his 25th birthday.

    I keep those old phones because I have pictures and old clothes, but something about hearing their voices helps me feel like they’re still with me.

  18. Julie said on April 12, 2011 at 12:18 am ... #

    I searched long and hard for my mother in all my voicemails to no avail. I had accidentally deleted her spoken words forever. Then today to my delight… I found the last voicemail she ever left me hidden away in an email from my VOIP provider… just a few simple sentences to comfort me.

    Mom saying my name and reminding me that she is my mother.

    Although I was with my Momma when she passed in hospital she could not speak with her voice and that single voicemail offers some comfort from the wanting to hear her those last few days.

    Even though Momma communicated with her eyes and her smile and even in written words some of the time during that time it was the sound of her sweet voice that I longed for the most.

  19. Tony said on May 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm ... #

    There is a free service http://www.voicemailtoheaven.com that allows you to capture the outgoing voicemail message of someone you’ve lost. My cousin used it when a friend of hers died unexpectedly and she shared the recording with all of their friends.

  20. Stacy said on November 29, 2011 at 10:57 am ... #

    –>Tony…
    Thank you for sharing this information, however, it does not seem to work. I filled out all the information that was requested, and never got a validation email. Thinking I put in a wrong email, I did it again with another email that I have, but still no validation email. If there is anyone that has had this work I would really love to hear from you @ redrocker07@gmail.com
    Thank you so much

  21. gill said on April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm ... #

    I lost my brother on june 29th 2011 , he died of sudden heart attack , what makes it so hard was he lived in America and i hadnt seen him for a few years , but he always phoned and if i wasnt in always left a message , the week he died my phone line and internet went down i had no messages from him it is one of the things i think about if only i had a message with his lovely voice on ,inow keep messages from loved ones too :(

  22. Doreen Brooks said on April 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm ... #

    This article hit home for me. I lost my mom in 1977 and all our home movies from the 60’s had no voice, it wasn’t available back then. I would love to hear her Irish accent again saying anything to me. I have 19 messages saved on my home answering machine. A few are from her sister who lived in Ireland and was my favorite Irish Auntie “Bridy” and she died last May.

  23. Vickie Bellu said on April 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm ... #

    Thanks for this article!!! My mom died suddenly of a heart attack and complications from Cardiac Amyloidosis on September 3, 2011. Your article made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my keeping things, 4 days after my mom passed, I got an email from her email accont, my mom only had it so she could try and keep up with s, she also had a facebook page to keep in touch with our friends and family. The announcement on my sister’s cell phone is my mom, and i know just by listening to her voice she was smiling when she recorded it. I listened to it today. Thanks for letting me get this out!

  24. vee said on May 9, 2012 at 1:56 am ... #

    My beloved best friend in the whole world passed away 3 wks ago, so suddenly too. I am still in shock and deeply sad!
    I have his voice on a voice mail greeting but cannot figure how to record it before his greeting service ends????

    It’s all i have of him left, physically, it’s so sad!
    Loss loss loss! no one knows the pain, the depth of loss until they lose someone SO DEAR to their heart and their life….
    although, all losses are important, we feel the personal ones so deep; like a cut that cuts to the bone–we really feel it! is so personal and we don’t really want it to heal because we fear we’ll forget their voice, their smile, their laugh…..
    A life well lived is greatly missed!
    we hear people say so loosely when a celebrity passed, “He/she will be greatly missed!” (not by all of us!) we all hopefully will be greatly missed one day as we hope to live our life with meaning and loving

    I cannot imagine the springtime and the summer without my Barry! I feel so so so so empty and so physically ill. No one tells you how to grieve. There is no handbook and no way out of it if you really really love someone.

    I miss hin like heck! I sob and I cry for him to come back. I even feel anger at him for leaving me. I hope he knows how much I loved him and love him still.

    death is not supposed to part o life. it is so terrible! We bleed it out

  25. Gayl said on June 30, 2012 at 11:47 am ... #

    I lost my mom last month and I am now always fussing with my older sister who thinks I am crazy to want to save this or that. Most recently she is wanting to get rid of the house phone all together and I told her that mom’s voice is recorded on there and I want to keep her greeting. She is telling me when you have her voice on your phone on a mini recording I done but what she doesn’t understand is that the her welcome greeting on the phone is when she was well and didn’t sound sick. I am hurting I wish I could get her to understand.

  26. Samantha said on July 7, 2012 at 10:48 am ... #

    My husband suddenly passed away 20 days ago and I had 17 voicemail messages that I had saved. Most of them are nothing important, but it’s so nice to hear his voice.

    I ofound a website that save all these messages and his outgoing greeting to CD for me. They did a great job and I would recommend them to anyone.

    The website was http://www.SaveMyVM.com

    -Sam

  27. Camila said on November 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm ... #

    Well said. I was just explaining to someone a couple weeks ago that I do this. I didn’t have any voicemails from my mom either when she died.

  28. David said on November 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm ... #

    I kept a voicemail of my mom singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me when I was in the shower and didn’t get to the phone in time. She ended it with “Happy Birthday, son. I love you! It just seemed the thing to do at the time and now, 20 years later I listen to it every birthday.

  29. Francesca said on December 3, 2012 at 2:11 am ... #

    My fiancee left 3 precious messages on my cell phone’s voice mail, and I saved them by dialing 9. This was 1-1/2 weeks before Halloween. I checked tonight and could not access them. Does anyone know if I can retrieve them so that I could record them? They mean so much to me. Help if you are a techie. Would the messages possible be on the SIM card?

  30. Hiedi said on December 9, 2012 at 2:30 am ... #

    I just found voice memos from my mom that were synced to my iTunes library at some point from our trip to Italy together that I didn’t know she left on my phone. I can’t stop playing them over and over and pretending that she just left them….

  31. joe said on December 10, 2012 at 11:35 am ... #

    For those that don’t know there is a way to get those voicemails using an “old school” method. First you need a cassette recorder or a digital recorder with an “input” plug. Secondly you need a landline and a landline phone. A cordless phone will not work. Third, Radio Shack (and I’m sure other places on the net) sell a device that you can plug in to the cord on the landline phone and it has an output that goes right to your recorder. I work in journalism and when we have to interview someone we use these for transcription purposes. I just keep a landline/corded phone in my office. Makes it all so easy. Then all you need to do to digitize is run a plug to the mic device on your computer and use a free program like “Audacity” to save forever. Hope this helps some of you desperate to save those last moments from loved ones.

  32. Mary said on March 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm ... #

    I recorded a few conversations I had with my mother be fore she died. I have them on my cell phone and from time to time I play them. She passed away 4 years ago and I miss her so very much. I am so very thankful I can still hear her voice it is the only thing I have left of her.

  33. Sandi Elzinga said on March 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm ... #

    Good to hear I’m not the only one who does this.
    I have 22 saved right now…running out of room.

  34. Lee said on June 14, 2013 at 6:28 am ... #

    My son and I shared a phone plan but his phone was about to quit and he had to go buy another one 2 days ago. Nothing fancy just a basic phone like we’ve always had for 6 years. In 2007 my Mom died and just a day or 2 before, she left a message for him that he saved. After she died he sent it to me and I’ve listened to it dozens and dozens of times and it’s given both of us great comfort as well as to my sisters. Unfortunately they both chose not to have me send it to their voicemail. But when he bought his new phone and we changed to prepaid instead of monthly never once at any time was there a mention that we would lose our voice mails. Nothing. Now I know that this action of switching phones happens 100,000 of thousands of times a week. HOW? HOW? How could this vitally important feature that’s used by virtually everyone, with I’m guessing the majority of people using it and saving all sorts of vital voice mails, not be made of great importance at the time that these transfers happen? Where’s the great big sign in RED letters, the ’sign on the dotted line verifying that you know that you will lose all voice mails when this action is taken??’ These people KNOW, they KNOW that they are about to delete voice mails that can never(?) be retrieved again. Why in God’s name would they not say something?? I’ve even read of a program/service that will store all your voice mails for a small fee. I would have done that with absolutely no hesitation if I’d known of it in time. Why (in my case), doesn’t Verizon offer this service? They could bring in millions more dollars. WHY? WHY? Did I have to lose the last time my Mom called and left us a message? Why? It’s so wrong and so unnecessary and I can’t stop crying. My heart is broken all over again. I can’t stop knowing that I’ll never hear her voice saying ” Love you” ever again. I can’t believe that those voice mails aren’t part of some huge computer somewhere and can’t be retrieved. I’ll bet if I was with the CIA or FBI I could get them back. This is 2013 for crying out-loud!!! Is there no hope? And by the way, I recognize that this is an issue that seems to be an elitist one, but I’ll remind you that in fact over the entire world even some of THE poorest people have cell phones. If they have voice mail as well they too could find themselves in the exact same position, and should be accorded the same sympathy/empathy as anyone else who has lost this final contact…

  35. Steph said on July 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm ... #

    I came across this site while searching for a way for my friend to save her VMs, she just recently lost her mom. I feel so bad for her and I can feel every ones pain.

    You might want to check this company out, NBC news did a story on them http://youtu.be/VLExvJMa1Cw

    Good luck everyone.

  36. Lisa Winebarger said on September 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm ... #

    Every since I have been on my own I have saved voicemails. Even before that, in college I lived with my brother and I didn’t think he wouldn’t allow me to leave messages on the machine, so I would record the ones from my mom and other friends on a tape. I have a landline for business that I could probably do without, but for the fact that it’s voicemail is almost entirely filled with messages, mostly from my mother. My cell phone in now entirely filled with voicemails and no one can leave a new message, which is fine with me as i prefer texts now for business. Again mostly my mother’s messages are on it. She was not shy when it came to leaving voicemails; she really let her personality and Arkansas accent shine in her own special way. She would often chide me that she could leave a message for me to tell me that she had made something for me to eat and that I could stop by after work and pick it up because my voicemail was full. It would often take me awhile to get out the digital voice recorder and record the “unimportant” messages from friends or relatives and then delete to have enough room to receive a couple more. I almost never deleted hers. I just listened to the voicemails on my cell phone and I have one of her castigating me because she couldn’t leave voicemails as often as she would like because it was often full. “You own a business, it not very businesslike to have your voicemail full, you need to erase them all!” she said. I laughed listening to it just now, thinking to myself if I had done that, I wouldn’t have the privilege of her reprimanding even while she was absent from the planet. I told her once or twice the year before she died to please not leave so many messages on my voicemail because I couldn’t erase them. She thought I was silly, but I didn’t want to tell her I was keeping them for when she would be gone from my life. I listened to them in awareness of this the last couple of years of her life, not exactly realizing her being gone would be sooner than we all expected (or maybe inside I knew). She passed away two years ago with cancer that she didn’t know she had until a month before she died. I listen to the messages now with no pain, perhaps I got used to listening to them when she was alive. I would often listen to them after checking for business calls while she was alive and laugh at her silliness when she would leave messages like, “my name is Momma…” etc, or “Where are you?? Did you pass away?” The messages have been a way of staying in touch. She was a Christian and in no doubt of where she was going, and I know where she is and that she is taken care of and better off than she was here. God gave me an inexplicable peace the night she left and it has remained these two years; a true gift. The thing I most feared, losing my mom, happened, but I don’t hurt from it, I miss her, but I don’t feel that loss I thought I would. And hearing her voice helps, it is like she is just on an extended vacation from us. I encourage everyone not to feel silly in recording their loved ones messages, or even saving some in the voicemail, we are not much without our relationships, and I think we too often forget that in the technological world we now live in. I know there are services that will record the messages for me, but I probably won’t get rid on my landline,and will never switch cell service because I love listening to the messages through the phone. I have two where my voicemail called her back (I have had answering machines do that to me) and I have her recorded answering the phone saying “Hello,” with her beautiful Arky accent. When I originally got those messages I thought they would haunt me when she was gone… but it is very comforting having her “answer the phone,” when I listen to them on occasion. She called me almost everyday, and after I moved back home from a month at my parents house helping take care of her it was strange to know that when the phone rang, it wouldn’t be here on the other end. It just took some time to get used to, but oh the comfort of my Father God made it so much easier, He never leaves us nor forsakes us and takes better care than a mother, if we trust Him. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Psalm 27:10

  37. Missy Smith said on October 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm ... #

    When my mother first got Alzheimer’s I started doing the same thing. I also have my kids and grand kids on my voicemail. My box is fill and I want to transfer them to a different folder or my external card but don’t know how.

  38. Debbie Hudson said on January 18, 2014 at 9:54 am ... #

    I had the idea of asking friends to record a message for me on my mobile phone to help me deal with the challenges of living by myself.

    Two friends are on it already. It is already helping.

  39. Roger Walker said on March 6, 2014 at 9:25 pm ... #

    Samantha, thanks for the sharing SavemyVM.com

    I just used it to save my Dad’s voice since he recently passed away.

    It worked perfectly and now I’m relieved knowing that I now have his voice on my computer forever.

    Thanks again!! –Roger

  40. Bev said on May 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm ... #

    There is a company that will save your voice messages to a cd, mp3 or usb. It’s called cbw productions http://www.CBWproductions.com They have been in business since about 1999. The phone number is 1-800-770-8046. I wish I had known about them before my dad passed away. I have my moms voice on a cd now.

  41. Lois P said on June 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm ... #

    I have only one message on my landline phone and I need to know is there some way to save it cause I couldn’t even be there with him and tell him how much I loved him how much he meant to me after 27 years because I was in the hospital when he passed I feel I let him down I need that message off that phone and put some where safe if anyone knows how please tell me. Sincerely Broken That’s how I feel broken.

  42. Cammie said on October 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm ... #

    I found this page while looking for a way to save messages from my grandpa that he left before he passed away.

    I just wanted to post the comparisons of the services I considered (since I found two of them on this page!):

    1) http://www.EverlastingVoice.com
    2) http://www.CBWProductions.com
    3) http://www.SaveMyVM.com

    I had 35 verizon voicemail messages saved (dating back to 2008!) + my grandpa’s outgoing greeting on both his cell phone and his home phone and ordered them on CD, so 37 recordings total. Since I was anxious to get my new iPhone 6 activated, i opted for the 24 hour rush option.

    Cost:
    1) SaveMyVM – $94.99
    2) EverlastingVoice – $99.99
    3) CBW – $153.00

    Processing Time:
    1) EverlastingVoice – within 24 hours
    2) SaveMyVM – within 3 days (24 hour rush optional +$10)
    3) CBW – within 5 business days (24 hour rush optional +$20)

    Format:
    1) EverlastingVoice – Both: Digital Download & CD
    2) SaveMyVM – Both: MP3 & CD
    3) CBW – choose only one: MP3, CD or Cassette

    All things considered, I went with EverLastingVoice. They were $5 more that the cheapest option, but their website looked the most credible, plus their order form allowed you to submit multiple phone number (my cell, grandpa cell, grandpa home) whereas the other two did sites did not. (not saying the others don’t allow it, I just didn’t check)

    If you don’t care about getting a CD or rush, SaveMyVM is actually cheaper by $30, making the total only $69.99. (compared to 99.99 and 133.00).

    Everything went perfectly and I received my CD in the mail yesterday. They sent me an email immediately after they captured my messages, so I was able to listen to my messages from the computer and confirm they were all there before I activated my new phone, without having to wait for the CD to arrive.

    I hope this helps!

    == CAMMIE ==

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