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answering machine

A device that allows phone callers to record their messages if the phone is not picked up. AT&T, then a monopoly on all phone service in the U.S., debuted the first answering machine in the early 1950s.

The "Telegraphone" Was Invented 50 Years Earlier
In 1900, Danish inventor Valdemar Poulsen created the first answering machine using magnetic recording on a wire. Astonishing the world for its high-tech functionality, the Telegraphone was prohibited in the U.S. because AT&T did not allow attaching third-party equipment to its network until 1956. See AT&T.
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Yet it is hard to tell which enables people to be more rude: the answering machine that screens out obnoxious calls, or the telephone that permits intrusions at all times of day and night.
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I shall keep this message on my answering machine to give me encouragement when I have those moments of self-doubt.
"I loved it when we used to have an answering machine - it was great to check your messages over and over again.
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The new range includes DECT cordless models such as the BT Graphite 1500 with answering machine, BT Graphite 1100, BT Freestyle 610 and BT Freestyle 650 with answering machine, available online from the BT Shop and through Argos and other retailers.
I decided to continue trying to get through on the phone, answering machine message informed me everyone would be able to get through between the hours of lpm and 4pm, but they still did not answer the phone.
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She rang the company on several occasions to ask when the mop would arrive, but could not even get put through to an answering machine.
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The center was the brainchild of David Kilmnick, 38, who wrote a masters thesis on the subject of young queers and launched a youth support program with a single answering machine in his Levittown apartment in 1993.