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Favorite answering machine? 25 Feb 2002 10:46 #23815

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Some like the voice mail options for theatre film times but if you went with a machine what machines have you liked and hated? We use a pair in line with the first line never ringing out loud, 2nd line rings and has a ring mate also. We want at least two lines. What do you like?

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Re: Favorite answering machine? 25 Feb 2002 19:55 #23816

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I like the old Radio Shack TAD-311 and 312 dual cassette units. Easy and cheap to fix and they run and run for years.
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Re: Favorite answering machine? 28 Feb 2002 16:03 #23817

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I have a Panasonic digital -- and for the life of me i cannot find a model number. I like it becuase it gives you 15 minutes of recording time in three mail boxes. So, when you call, you get the general greeting with times and shows. Press #1 and you get a review of the movies. Press #2 and you get Avalon info like prices, location, policies. If i could find one that has more mail boxes, I'd get it. But, i've had really good luck ove rthe years with Panasonic.
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Re: Favorite answering machine? 28 Feb 2002 16:20 #23818

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Thought Avalon used voice mail services from the phone company?

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Re: Favorite answering machine? 28 Feb 2002 19:29 #23819

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I did use the phone company for a spell, but their service sucked. When the voice mail box filled (usually with just a few seconds of someone hanging up), the whole thing shut down. So no one got any info. Great for biz. Somedays I couldn't access the system to change my OGM. Add to that, it was all very expensive. So, I now use the Panasonic digital with a no answer/busy forward to a pager voice mail ($7 a month) which gives a 45 second version of the long messege in the event someone calls when the line is in use. Works really well. This allows me to get away with only one land-line. My office number is a cell which is half the rate of a land line.

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Re: Favorite answering machine? 09 Mar 2002 23:22 #23820

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Take a Look on Ebay, look at the Voice Logic VC206, Really cool unit, will answer 2 lines, 99 mail boxes, will xfer faxs to your fax machine, holds like 2 hrs of audio, all digital!

You CAN setup some boxes for announce only, etc... it will let you connect upto 6 Phone extensions to it, and will ring the PHONE set to any voice mail box, if nobody picks up, takes msg...

Lots more features too...

origonally sold for like $599 can be had on Ebay now for under $100!

Company may have gone bust, but for the price buy a spare and your set for YEARS!

tony.
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Re: Favorite answering machine? 17 Feb 2003 15:04 #23821

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Had to bump up this old subject. I use the phone company (Qwest), they allow an unlimited number of people to be listening at once, even though we have but one land line. The problem is I have to spit out 6 to 8 movies and times in 1:15 (minute and 15 seconds). I would LOVE to have an option of pressing a # for synopses, another for running times, another for directions etc... I have yet to find a system that can handle MANY calls at once. Any ideas? Again, my only complaint is the 1:15. Thanks! And I'm glad to be a part of this GREAT forum.
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Re: Favorite answering machine? 20 Feb 2003 14:59 #23822

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Is anyone using a computer as their answering system?
I recently purchased Winfax Pro and it has voice mail functionality in it.
But I have not tried it yet.
On paper it looks like it would work.
But you still could have only one caller at once.

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Re: Favorite answering machine? 20 Feb 2003 17:02 #23823

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We use a Windows based computer in conjunction with a Dialogic Dialog/4 ISA 4-port analog voice process boards. We wrote the program ourselves.

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