Voice Mail When You're On The Go

Here's a gizmo that can turn your portable computer into a personalized telephone-answering service. Who would need such a thing? Imagine you're traveling on business and check into a hotel that doesn't have voice mail. Just plug your computer-cum-voice-mail system into the phone line, and it can record messages and receive faxes while you're away. You'll even be able to call the computer, punch in an access code, and listen to your messages one by one from a remote phone. Messages are stored in compressed, digitized form on your hard disk. Or you can program the computer to periodically dial another voice-mail system, at your office, say, and retrieve messages waiting for you there, so you can listen to them at a remote location.

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