29 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for May 24, 2011
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Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 18:34:13 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Letting it ring? Message-ID: <email@example.com> On May 18, 9:35 am, Pete Cresswell <nobody-h...@Invalid.telecom- digest.org> wrote: > - VOIP provider answers the phone with a recorded message: > "Press 1 for Sue, press 2 for Joe, press 3 for Sam, press 4 > for Jane, press 5 for Sally, press 6 for Will, press 7 for > Irving, press 8 for Menachim, press 9 for Pete". Can't the above be accomplished with a plug-in card and software on a PC? That is, can't a PC be used as a mini-PBX or mini-voice-mail, and 9 would ring your real phone for you to answer whle all other selections would go to voice mail or dead air? ***** Moderator's Note ***** There used to be combined modem/voice mail cards that would do that, but they required dedicated software and the companies died before consumers realized that they would want the product. AFAIK, they're not made anymore, but I'd be happy to hear from anyone who knows otherwise. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: 23 May 2011 18:34:34 -0000 From: "John Levine" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Letting it ring? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >There used to be combined modem/voice mail cards that would do that, >but they required dedicated software and the companies died before >consumers realized that they would want the product. AFAIK, they're >not made anymore, but I'd be happy to hear from anyone who knows >otherwise. The standard cheap PBX these days is Asterisk, which runs under Linux. Many people use it just to switch VoIP, but you should be able to plug an ATA (POTS to Ethernet terminal adapter) or two into your LAN and have Asterisk manage them. You can also get analog line cards for your PC but they run about $500 and up depending on the number of lines and the features. R's, John
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 11:07:07 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Pay for parking via mobile phone Message-ID: <email@example.com> NY's Metro North Railroad announced one "can now pay for the daily parking fee [at train stations] either with one's mobile phone or online while in the comfort of one's car, on the platform, or even on the train." "As part of a partnership with Parkmobile USA, customers [passengers*] can visit parkmobile.com and sign up for this service for free. Once registered, you really will be able to pay for your parking from anywhere. (You will even be able to extend parking and add time to your stay if necessary!) You can also download a free native mobile app from parkmobile.com or your phone's App Store for the big three smartphone providers: iPhone, Blackberry or Android. (All other smart phone users can bookmark Parkmobile's mobile browser to initiate parking transactions.) 25c fee. " (from May 2011 "Mileposts") http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/mileposts.pdf The same newsletter also announced that train schedules are available via text message through CooCoo. *Many transit agencies today call their riders "customers" instead of "passengers". For long time riders it's a bit confusing.
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