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Help: Dial-up Connection

michaelr 18 Jan 02 - 01:36 PM
Mike Byers 18 Jan 02 - 01:50 PM
michaelr 18 Jan 02 - 06:09 PM
artbrooks 18 Jan 02 - 06:15 PM
Justa Picker 18 Jan 02 - 06:35 PM
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Subject: Dial-up Connection
From: michaelr
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 01:36 PM

I use a dial-up connection with only one phone line. When AOL was my ISP, any incoming call would knock me off-line. Since I've switched to NetZero this does not happen, however friends tell me when they try to call they get a normal ringing tone, not a busy signal.

My question is this: How can I configure my setup so that when I'm online I'm alerted to incoming phone calls and can decide whether I want to take them? Or perhaps there's a way to route calls to my answering machine?

Thanks, techies.
Michael


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Subject: RE: Help: Dial-up Connection
From: Mike Byers
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 01:50 PM

One possibility would be to use CallWave (www.callwave.com). This is a program that functions as an "internet answering machine." If a call comes in when you're on-line, you'll get a ring on your computer and your caller can send you a message that is recorded and then played on your computer. CallWave needs "forward on busy"; my telephone company charges 75 cents a month for this. I have the freeware version of CallWave that limits messages to 30 seconds; more options are available from CallWave's website.


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Subject: RE: Help: Dial-up Connection
From: michaelr
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 06:09 PM

Thanks Mike, I'll look into it. Anyone else?
Michael


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Subject: RE: Help: Dial-up Connection
From: artbrooks
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 06:15 PM

Depending on your telephone company, they can set up a similar "answering machine" option for an allegedly optional fee. US West (aka Q-West) does that...call customer service.


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Subject: RE: Help: Dial-up Connection
From: Justa Picker
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 06:35 PM

There is also a code to temporarily disable call-waiting. In Canada I believe it's *70.
You could program this into your dial-up phone number..by entering *70,XXX-XXXX (the comma creates a pause for the second dial tone to kick in, and then the ISP's number represented by the X's.) If 1 comma doesn't give enough of a pause add another.


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