using your Mac as a telephone/answering machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pusarf, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. pusarf macrumors newbie

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    Is there anyway to cheaply use your Mac with Os X as a telephone and answering machine. I know that faxing is built in, and I've found alittle bit of expensive software/hardware combination that allows it, but nothing else. It'd be nice to use it for everything that I can..

    thanks
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

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  3. JeffTL macrumors 6502a

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    I have voicemail from the phone company and a Western Electric rotary phone next to my computer. That gives me everything I feel that I would get from using my iBook as a telephone, plus the voice mail hardware is Qwest's problem.
     
  4. dirtymatt macrumors member

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    I don't think it's complete yet, but http://www.astmasters.net/ is working on a port of Asterisk (an open source PBX). Eventually it will be able to make your Mac do exactly what you're asking (and a whole lot more), but I think for right now one of the other solutions will work better.
     
  5. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    That looks pretty cool, but, yeah, the price is pretty high.
     
  6. emw macrumors G4

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    The features it supplies are nice, though, and if you were looking to buy an answering machine with similar features, it would cost you. This solution e-mails your voice-mail to you. Nice if you're out of town. It also tracks all of the calls nicely.

    It actually seems to duplicate a lot of features you get with a VoIP service (like the e-mailing thing), but without having to rely on VoIP (and potentially problematic 911, etc.).
     

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