said by lets456:
Why would you want to do that? It comes "free" with the package, you can get your VM from anywhere and when the power goes off and your away you don't have to reset anything...
Maybe I am missing something?
Also, I have a phone that has an indicator light on it that shows when I have a VM, maybe that's why you want to disable because you don't know if you have a message?
The reasons are:
1. When there is a VM and you want to dial out, you will first hear a few interrupted dial tones before the phone actually dial out.
2. I don't have a compatible phone that will let me know when there is a Verizon's VM.
3. I already have an answering machine phone and it is much easier and more convenient to to use. It does not hold up the line when you are checking VM. I can check VM while away from home too.
You brought up a very good point about power outage. So, it would be nice if the feature can be easily and conveniently disabled/enabled. Then I will only turn it on when away from home for a long trip.