David Pogue is waging war on those carriers that make you listen to a stupid canned message from them after you listen to a personal voicemail message. Those 15 seconds of canned bullshit are there to make you rack up mobile expenses.

One way to avoid them is to press:

*-1-# in a row

This is because the secret skip the message code is different for each carrier and this should get them all.

How to bypass stupid voicemail instructions

There are loads of ways to complain in the US to your carrier – we should start this in Europe as well!

‘Take Back the Beep’ Campaign – Pogue’s Posts Blog – NYTimes.com.