Dont. Stop. Cease.
All it does is piss me off, and then I wont answer the bloody thing.
This inconveniences the folk who i do keep the phone around for - family and close friends who I have given the number so they wont worry. I hardly use the telephone otherwise, for even though Im the verbose sort - I dont regard a telephone as an essential extension of myself.
Because I dont use the phone, I dont even keep an answering machine on it. If I am home, I endeavor to answer it. Unless someone keeps calling and hanging up.
So, please stop.