Local phone companies will add voice mail to your basic telephone service for monthly fees of $6.25 or more, with most averaging between $10 and $20. Some companies also charge one-time installation fees of $10 to $65. To order, contact your local phone company. Here are some examples.
- Alpha Voice Mail, in Grand Junction, Colorado, offers a complete toll-free and voice-mail service package for a flat fee of $46 per month with no installation or activation fees. To order, call (800) 300-9712.
- American Voice Mail, in Los Angeles, offers basic voice-mail service for $9.95 per month. Toll-free service costs $4.95 per month, plus 10.9 cents per minute. Other premium features are also available for an additional monthly charge. To order, call (800) 347-2861.