I hate the phone because its synchronous. Everytime it rings its someone saying "HEY... YOU! Stop whatever you are doing and answer the phone because I want to talk to you right now."
Texting is asynchronous. When my phone buzzes with a text its saying "Hey. When you have time there is a message here." much better.
Voicemail... Well, if voicemail worked like texting I wouldnt mind it. But no. Instead of just glancing at my phone to see the latest text on the screen I have to unlock my phone, press the voicemail button, wait for it to pick up, enter a pin number, listen to any messages that are about to be deleted (including the phone telling me when it was left and what number left it) and THEN I get to listen to my wife say "oh, never mind I found it myself".
Sure, I could pay verizon for a monthly service that gets me a better interface to my voicemail, but why the hell would I do that?
So yeah, I hate voicemail too.