For years I've maintained a pager/voicemail account and gave out that phone number to companies and others I didn't want to talk with on their terms. It's been sort of a mobile answering machine: the pager would beep, I'd call my pager number from my cell phone, listen to the message, and call them back if I wanted to.
But the price of paging service from USA Mobility (formerly Arch Paging) has increased to about $20/month, so I'm looking for a more affordable alternative.
Instead of a pager, what's a good affordable service that would give me a local voicemail number (215 area code) that would notify me of new messages via SMS or email? A nice plus would be the ability to archive these voicemail messages as files on a web-based service for future playback. (It would all have to cost less that $20/month to be feasible.)