using your Mac as a telephone/answering machine


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 30, 2005
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..



macrumors 6502a
Dec 18, 2003
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.


macrumors member
Apr 27, 2005
I don't think it's complete yet, but 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.


macrumors G4
Aug 2, 2004
Le Big Mac said:
That looks pretty cool, but, yeah, the price is pretty high.
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.).