How to bypass voicemail prompts

David Pogue of the NYT has been tirelessly bugging cell phone companies to reduce the irritating messages that you must listen to before you can leave your friend a voicemail. Today, he posted some interesting instructions:

And I’ll admire you if you’ll re-record your own voice mail greeting so that it includes instructions for bypassing the carrier’s own recording: “Hi, it’s David. To jump to the beep, press 1.” (It’s 1 for Sprint or AT&T, * for Verizon, # for T-Mobile.

So let’s all change our voicemail greetings to tell people how to shortcut the blather.