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Let's Answer with the Z4 (with Dr. Z's Help)!!! -- ZVRS Answering Machine (My Mail) Feature #1

For this week, Dr. Z is putting up tips about the fantastic feature that everyone is talking about–the Z4 and its answering machine (My Mail)!

The new answering machine (My Mail) that is part of the Z4 and all the Z-phones (Z-150, Z-340 and Z-Ojo) has so many cool features and by giving it to you piece by piece will allow you to appreciate the power of the Z4! Some of these features may be documented, some may be hidden and some may not be documented–but don’t let this bother you–as a software pioneer himself, Dr. Z has found it best to not “read the stuff”, but play with the stuff–the actual experience is usually the best way to learn.

The first thing to do to enable the answering machine (My Mail) feature is to go to the website and click on “My Profile” at the top. After you enter your name and password, click on “My Videophones” to your left. Select the videophone you are using (Z4, Z-150, Z-340 or Z-Ojo), and check and fill out the “Z-Alert” and “Enable My Mail”. You should enter your smartphone or pager address in the email box (It only works for Blackberry and iPhones.) Also read the VRS Video Mail Custom Greeting to be sure that would be the message for the interpreter to convey when they answer your number when you are not available. Then click “Save”. To create your message for point-to-point calls, you need to do it on your Z4 (or Z-Phones.)

To access videomail (My Mail) on the Z4, call the same number you were assigned for the Z4. (It works the same way for the Z-phones (Z-150, Z-340 and Z-Ojo.)

Most of the other VRS providers have the answering machine feature, but it is usually just for VRS calls OR for point to point calls. The Z4 (and all Z-phones) feature handles BOTH VRS and point-to-point calls. We call this the My Mail feature. Messages are forwarded to your pager or smartphone. Messages can be picked up on the Z4 or checked on the web.

Try it! This gets you close to full functional equivalence. All the hearing folks out there have voicemail and we now have our own videomail which works even better.

To sign up for a class on “My Mail”, go to this link:

To download the User’s Guide for “My Mail”, go to this link:

Cool. isn’t it? Dr. Z will cover features about My Mail (answering machine) this week on this website..

Dr. Z cares about your communication access.

Disclosure: Dr. Z is a contractor working with CSDVRS on several projects.

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