A simple rant...
I dial seven numbers.
I listen to four rings.
I then have my intelligence insulted.
I hate that!
Here...let me make it a little clearer...
"Hi. You have reached "Enter name here". I cannot answer my phone right now. (duh.) Please leave your name, number and..blah...blah..blah after the beep."
How long have answering machines been around? A while, right? Do I really need instructions?
If I wasn't too lazy to record a personal message on my phone, it would sound like this...
"Hi. You've reached Brandy and I won't insult your intelligence on telling you what to do next."...beeeeep.