Dialing Phone from Computer

May 7, 2007 at 14:36:37
Specs: WinXP Pro
Is there anyway to dial phone numbers effectively from your computer and use your compter as an answering machine or do you have to have a specific program;
if you do have to have a program, which one is considered the best and most basic?

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May 7, 2007 at 14:47:57
Skype using the paid SkypeOut / SkypeIn service.


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May 7, 2007 at 14:53:43

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May 7, 2007 at 16:27:48
I think the OP is looking for a way to use the PC on his regular landline phone.

Yes, you can - you will need a modem of course. XP has a built in phone dialer. You will need to fine the executable and create a link yourself, just google for it. But, it is a POS in my opinion. There are some apps to use for dialing and answering, but I'm not familiar with them.

Michael J

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May 8, 2007 at 00:14:50
Go to www.download.com and search for "telephone answering"

Check the user ratings and try it out.

As before mentioned, you will need a modem.

Rich Gu

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May 8, 2007 at 21:37:29
To dial numbers and do any kind of interactive voice response you need a telephone voice card. For answering machine only a voice modem will work.

try here: http://www.tti.net

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May 9, 2007 at 08:38:10
"To dial numbers and do any kind of interactive voice response you need a telephone voice card"

Not necessarily (on the first part). The dialer application that comes with XP is not designed to be used for actually speaking with your party - it is only designed to dial the number. The idea is you have your PC connected to your phone line and you have a phone next to your computer. Instead of having to look up someone's number and dial it into your phone, you simple select them from within the dialer application and click a button. You can then pick up the phone to talk to them.

It's not the most elegant solution, but the fact that most modems have a passthrough connection it does seem reasonable. I would use it except I haven't have a landline phone in my house for about 5 years now. Although, I was experimenting with this the other day and using bluetooth I can use the dialer app to place a call on my cell phone. But, the interface on my phone is much easier to use anyway.

Michael J

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