If you set an extended absence greeting on voicemail and chose the option not to allow callers to leave messages, a caller
- first hears your extended absence greeting
- Then hear a standard message saying that they can’t leave a message
- Then invites the caller to enter a phone number if they want to leave a message for *another* number.
1 is what you would expect. 2 is fine. But 3 is rather odd. Why would someone ring *you* if they want to leave a message for someone else?!!!
Even stranger, if the caller, when given the option to leave a message for another number, actually taps in *your* number then they can leave a message!
In short - 3 should not happen. How can we stop it?
Best answer by Nemo
Well we seem to have exhausted all possibilities as each possible “work around” raises further problems.
In case it helps anyone else who is trying to set things up as I am - i.e. so that a caller is informed in a non-alarming way when the phone is out of range but not invited to leave a message - I explain below what I have now done.
- I have signed up with a “virtual phone numbers” company and have been provided with a number which is set to simply play a message (and not allow the leaving of message).
- On my phone If have set “Forward when unreachable” to that number
This works but it does cost me a monthly fee so it is a pity that I have to do it this way.