One of my favorite AOL products is the quietly launched AIM Phoneline.
With AIM Phoneline, you get a phone number that goes to a voicemail box. When someone calls the number and leaves a message it gets recorded as an MP3 file and sent to you via email. I give the AIM Phoneline number to banks, credit card companies and others that might potentially have a legitimate reason to reach me, but more often than not would just use the number to annoy me.
Their telemarketing autodialers will get my voicemail and hang up. On the off chance they have a question and need to reach me, I’ll get the voicemail.
The basic AIM Phoneline is a real deal – free. The one thing I wish they’d change is to let you send the voicemail to any email account; currently voicemails go to the AIM Mail account associated with the AIM Phoneline screenname. Although AIM Mail is a great product, it means another mailbox to check for non-AIM Mail users who want to use AIM Phoneline.