I have never seen such vehement loathing for all voicemail of any kind. Interesting.
Personally, I only dislike VM from my husband, simply because it takes time to hear why he's calling, and I could be using that time actually calling him back and hearing why he's calling. We talk every day so it's not like there is any chance that I'm only gonig to hear what he has to say if he leaves a message. So, he doesn't leave me very many voicemails. We know the times that we are probably available and not available and we always answer the phone when we are available.
However, I ADORE voicemail for people I simply never want to talk to. Like my ex. Conversations with him are so horrible that I just never answer my phone and let him tell me what he needs to tell me about the kids on VM. If a quick response is needed, I text back the answer. If a discussion is needed I will reluctantly call him back, but at least this way I avoid 90% of discussions and the ones I have to have I am at least prepared and know what it is we need to discuss so I know how much time to set aside. After YEARS of doing this, he STILL insists that I "call him back" every single time he leaves a VM, even if the VM is to determine something as simple as what time something starts. I'm not calling him for that, and he apparently still hasn't notice the pattern. A text is sufficient. And it is proof that I already gave you the answer and I'm not ignoring you.
I also love VM for when I don't recognize a number. I'd rather it go to VM then risk dealing with a salesperson or something. I don't need to pick up a live phone for an appointment confirmation from a dr, or a reminder from the pharmacy that my meds are ready. All of these things are the perfect situation for VM in my opinion. I don't need a conversation, just the information. And I certainly don't expect my dr's receptionist to text me. So VM is fine.