I got my first voicemail on my new Galaxy phone yesterday. Thankfully it was a
butt-dial from my brother, because it took me a while to listen to it. When I
tried, I was told the visual voicemail app requires precise location
permissions. I never saw this before, so I guess it was enabled on my old phone?
I don't get myself too worked up about every corporation in the world wanting to
know what uninteresting things I'm up to, but this seems particularly egregious.
I haven't seen an explanation of why Verizon or Google would need my location to
play back my own voicemails for me (I doubt there's an acceptable one). But I
haven't seen a workaround either. I was able to access the voicemail by dialing
in (after resetting a password I hadn't used in ages). But that was a nightmare.
I had listen to about a minute of robot voice prompts telling me about my
message, and then I had to listen to all three minutes of rustling and
background noise before I could delete it since I didn't remember the shortcut.
I'll try and hold out trading privacy for convenience in this case, which I may
be able to do since I don't get a lot of voice messages. But I also wonder why I
bother. I'm sure they've got the full book on me already.