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What Are the Different Types of Voicemail Forwarding?

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Different types of voicemail forwarding often rely on various methods of forwarding or different types of devices that a message can be sent to. Email forwarding, for example, is often used in a system in which a voicemail message is converted to an audio file and attached to an email that is sent to a registered address by a service. There are also simpler forwarding programs that can send a message to someone’s phone. These types of voicemail forwarding methods tend to rely on the use of a particular program or service to provide the forwarding for a customer.

Voicemail forwarding refers to a service by which a message is sent from the standard inbox that it is recorded in to another type of media or inbox. Someone, for example, can have a service provide forwarding in which a voicemail message is sent to a particular phone number. This way, if someone does not necessarily have access to his or her usual system, he or she can still quickly receive new messages. Voicemail forwarding of this type can be provided by the company responsible for the service a person uses, though secondary businesses can also offer such forwarding.

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There are also types of voicemail forwarding that convert the initial call and message to another format for use by a person. Email forwarding, for example, creates an audio computer file of the recorded voicemail message, and then sends that file to a person’s email address as an attachment. The received email might indicate the time that a call was received and the phone number associated with the incoming call. Someone can then receive an email on his or her phone or computer indicating that the voicemail was received, and listen to the attached audio file to hear the message.

This type of voicemail forwarding is usually provided by a secondary service or a software program that a person uses. Different programs and companies can be used to facilitate such a service, often requiring a fee and the phone number and password for access to a person’s inbox. One of the major advantages of this type of voicemail forwarding, beyond additional access to incoming messages, is the ability to more easily save and distribute them. If someone receives a call regarding a financial or professional issue that is left as a voicemail message, then the service that forwards it can save a digital copy that can be used for training purposes or as evidence in a legal dispute.

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