Who even leaves voice messages anymore?
That’s what executives at JPMorgan Chase & Co. started to ask themselves before deciding to phase out the communication tool in its consumer banking division, Bloomberg reports. The bank announced its intention to cut the cord on employee voicemail at a conference in New York on Tuesday.
“We realized that hardly anyone uses voicemail anymore because we’re all carrying something in our pockets that’s going to get texts or e-mail or a phone call,” said Gordon Smith, head of the company’s consumer and community bank, according to Bloomberg. “So we started to cut those off.”
The technology cost the bank a monthly fee of $10 per line, Bloomberg said, citing Smith. So ditching the service for its nearly 136,000-person strong retail workforce could help the lender cut more than a million dollars in expenses. The company has already said it wants to cut its consumer bank’s budget by $2 billion dollars, although the savings from eliminating voicemail are small by comparison.
A spokeswoman told Bloomberg that some employees, like branch managers, will retain the service.
The bank joins a growing cadre of companies that have already hung up the phone on voicemail, including, notably, Coca-Cola.
The trend isn’t just corporate. In 2012, the Internet telephone company Vonage reported that it had seen an 8% decline in the number of voice mail boxes, as well as a similar drop in 2013. And a 2012 Pew study confirmed that teens prefer texting over calling by a wide margin.