[RndTbl] VOIP

Dan Martin ummar143 at cc.umanitoba.ca
Mon Oct 24 20:53:40 CDT 2005

I want my computer to act as a super answering machine, storing messages 
as sound files indexed by the number of the caller.  I tried some 
Windows software a while back and bought an external modem to work with 
it, but it didn't work terribly well.

I'm trying Vonage VOIP mainly to get such features (the amount I will 
save on long distance calls is marginal).  The problem is, the temporary 
number they have assigned me does not allow such features, only outgoing 
calls.  I have to surrender my MTS number to even try it out.

If I give up my MTS number, which I hadn't intended to do before a good 
trial, I will have only one phone in the house and it will die every 
time Shaw Cable goes out.

Does anyone out there have experiences to share about VOIP service 
providers?  Is there software +/- hardware that will allow me to use my 
computer as an answering machine (with call display info) on regular 
phone lines?


Dr. Dan Martin, MD, CCFP, BSc, BCSc (Hon)

GP Hospital Practitioner
Computer Science grad student
ummar143 at cc.umanitoba.ca
(204) 831-1746
answering machine always on

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