Voicemail vs. answering machine?
I usually hang out on some of the other forums here (Kitchens, Appliances, etc.), but this question is bugging me. I hope it's appropriate for this forum.
We just moved into our newly remodeled house and it's time to buy new phones. Our old ones were badly in need of retirement anyway. I've noticed that a large percentage of new cordless phones out there are now the expandable systems with the main base and various extention phones that don't need a phone jack, just the AC plug. I've used a couple of these systems previously and been pleased enough with it.
My question is, I'm shocked to see that virtually all of them include digital answering systems; in fact, I'm not sure I found one that DIDN'T include the answering "machine". This surprises me because I thought most people use voicemail now. Is this not the case? We've used voicemail through Verizon for years. Don't love it, don't hate it, it's just what we have.
Am I missing something? I'm behind the times technology-wise where regular old phones are concerned -- are their compelling reasons to use your own answering system rather than voicemail? I suppose saving the voicemail fee would be one, just didn't know if there are others. Do digital answering systems have some awesome features not available through voicemail?
Sorry if this is a dumb question -- I just have a feeling there must be something I don't know, or more phones would be available WITHOUT an answering machine included.