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Subject: services
Category: Computers
Asked by: rservice-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 19 Nov 2004 12:30 PST
Expires: 19 Dec 2004 12:30 PST
Question ID: 431197
I'm looking for a list of services that provide a service like -- namely, a phone number where I can forward my voicemail
calls and any voicemails left for me will appear on a web site for me
to listen to (or to call in to listen to).
Subject: Re: services
Answered By: aht-ga on 19 Nov 2004 22:15 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The industry term for the service you are interested in is "hosted
unified messaging". This term applies to any service provider that
operates a unified messaging system on behalf of subscribers. Unified
messaging, in turn, refers to having multiple forms of messaging
(voice, email, and/or fax) 'unified' into a single repository.

Within the world of hosted unified messaging, there are different
types of services based on how you retrieve your messages:

1. a web-based 'inbox' that you can check using your web browser and
multi-media PC;

2. direct delivery of your voice-mails and faxes into your existing e-mail inbox;

3. retrieval of voice-mails and e-mails (converted from text to
speech) using a telephone, and retrieval of faxes by forwarding
buffered faxes to a fax machine; or,

4. a combination of any or all of the previous three methods. was one of the pioneers of web-based unified messaging; I
was actually one of their first users back before the dot-com bubble
burst and the online service was sold; first to (who became
OpenWave), then to Call Sciences, then to its current owners, J2
Global. However, they still have a large and growing number of
competitors. A good starting point to see who else offers hosted
unified messaging are the major online directories:

Google Directory

Yahoo! Directory

The Google Directory listing is more focused than the Yahoo! one when
looking for a service provider that sells services directly to an end
user. However, the Yahoo! one contains a few service providers that
are not on the Google Directory listing.

A 'short list' of providers with web-based retrieval of voicemails
that I would recommend looking further into includes:

uReach Technologies



Concord Technologies

Ring Central

BuzMe (a service of Ring Central)

I hope that this helps!


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Subject: Re: services
From: bobbie7-ga on 19 Nov 2004 12:59 PST
Hi Jhabley!

Do the following services meet your needs?


Receive voicemail in your email inbox and listen to messages through
your computer speakers or headphones

There will be times in your day when you are not available to take a
call. VoiceLine VoiceMail will answer your calls during those times
and take a message that you can retrieve anytime from any phone or
your PC. You can also manage your VoiceMail settings in our online
account center.
Subject: Re: services
From: rservice-ga on 19 Nov 2004 13:49 PST
I don't know if these fit the bill...

J2 is actually the same thing as requires use of a special gizmo

Angel is much higher priced and does way more than I'm after.

Maybe those are the only services?
Subject: Re: services
From: bobbie7-ga on 19 Nov 2004 14:09 PST
I'll see if I can find anything else.
Subject: Re: services
From: sshekar7-ga on 19 Nov 2004 20:49 PST

You should try out Lingo ( This is IP telephone. You
will get a US number and a IP box which connects to your telephone
box. You can travel anywhere in the world and you will retain the same
number. All you need is internet for this phone to work. In other
words if you go to europe and plug in the device, anybody from US can
call you on the same number. And even you can call anybody in US from
europe like local call.

The voice messages left on this phone will go to the lingo website or
can be emailed to your as sound file. You have all the features like
call forwarding, call waiting etc etc and cost?? just $50/month.

Note: This is not a cell phone... you need internet to make this work.
Subject: Re: services
From: mister2u-ga on 20 Nov 2004 11:54 PST and are similar to

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