Local Voice Mail Services have advanced in our community over the years in many different aspects. We have simple answering machines, and we also have people that work for us as an answering service for a place of business etc, who claim the job title, secretary in a business environment. Their job is to act as an answering service by receiving phone calls and taking messages down for higher business authorities. First, we began with the old answering machines some still have in their homes today, with the small tape that you put inside your answering machine, which you can rewind, and re-record over on each side multiple times. With this type of old style answering machine you can also keep the tape if you want to save a specific message. Local voice mail services that people have today vary depending on the type of phone they have, etc. Some cordless phones have a built in answering machine that does not require a tape, however, you can save a message for a period of time but not the same as you can on a tape because it will eventually get deleted on this type of answering machine. This is a very common type of answering machine that people have in their homes today. A lot of people today dont even have house phones for a major phone service anymore; rather, they just use their cell phones as a main phone to contact them. In this case, they only have what people call a voice mail. On your cell phone you can either have an automated voice mail system that usually says, you have reached and whatever your phone number is, starting with the area code. Or you can personalize your voice mail and put your voice on there, saying whatever you want to say for people to hear.