I did not want to derail the other thread, but I have a similar problem. On advice I read here, I changed my voice mail message to reflect that I do not check my voice mail more than once ever two weeks, and if a matter was urgent, to please text or e-mail me. This is my personal phone and my only non-work number, I need voice mail for personal business matters, but outside of that would get rid of it if I could.
I do not check voice mail very often for a number of different reasons- limited minutes, I hate talking on the phone, and frankly, I have horrible service at my house, which will often not show a voice mail for hours or days after it was left, but am not willing to change an unlimited data plan for another company due to a piece of my phone (and yes, I do realize the irony of this) that I barely ever use. My phone is basically a text/e-mail/internet machine.
Since doing this, I have had a number of people call me rude or entitled for having my outgoing message as such and some have gone so far as to leave messages along the lines of "Hey, I was going to tell you about *some cool thing*, but since you don't care about other people at all, I won't" Is there any way to combat this, or is it just a horrible mash-up of communication styles? I think my outgoing voice mail is polite and to the point, is there something else I could do to keep from being lambasted over something I have warned people about?