by Nick Anis
As more and more people get connected to the
net they are finding themselves in a crunch for phone lines. A typical second or third phone line can cost you about $30
to activate and another $25 month (including taxes). For about $1.25 per month you can add call forwarding on busy
on your phone line; which you can forward to Pagoo's Call Catcher Service.
Call Catcher, which costs an additional $3.95 per month, gives you
your own personal 800 number for voice mail, a personal greeting, email
notification, alphanumeric pager notification, ICQ notification, a Pagoo
Player that's Windows 95/98/NT and Mac 7.6 and above compatible, and a
web-based message manager. No
special hardware is required, just a typical multimedia PC connected to the
Internet. The software is only
a 555K download. It will only
take you a few minutes to signup and download the free Mac or PC Pagoo
software, which is only 555K. The
cost is $3.95 per month if you sign up for a year, or $4.95 per month if you
sign up for six months.
Call Catcher gives you your own personal
800 number for voice mail with unlimited messaging for a total out of pocket
cost of $5.20 per month. That's
a $267.60 savings over the phone company's cost of toll-line without voice
mail. That quite a deal, when
taking into account the alphanumeric pager, chat, and email notification,
and web-based message manager capabilities.
Call Catcher does not handle faxes, but
you can receive them on your regular phone line because if it's in use Call
Catcher will prevent you from missing any calls.
Another firm, Efax offers free inbound voice mail and faxes.
Efax's premium service, which costs $2.95 per month, gives you a
voice mail and fax number in the area code of your choice. Efax charges $3.40 per month plus for toll-free numbers plus
$.10 per page for inbound faxes. Efax
plus accounts have a $10 setup charge.
Another firm that was a pioneer in integrated messaging, Jfax offers
phone numbers in your choice of 60 cities for $10.00 per month.
You can receive voice mail or faxes and the message will be forwarded
to your email box. Jfax also
offers toll-free numbers, but there is an additional $.25 per minute charge.
Jfax costs more, but has the widest choice of countries, cities, and
area codes. If your main goal
is to eliminate missing telephone calls and faxes, while you are talking on
the phone, receiving a fax, or online, Call Catcher is a convenient and cost
A toll-free line with unlimited messages
for a flat $3.95 per month, no setup charge, not inbound page or message
charge, 30 days free service, and reinbursement of up to $10 for call
forward on busy charges, puts Call Catcher in a league of its own.
Most companies, small businesses, non-profit groups, clubs, and
individuals have to struggle with the question should they invest $.25 or
more per minute plus a $10 to $20 monthly fee for a toll-free number.
Toll-free numbers also get quite a few wrong numbers and that's not
fun when you are getting billed for them.
Also regular toll-free or toll numbers don't have all the
sophisticated notifications options of Call Catcher.
San Francisco based Pagoo was founded in
1997. The company has signed up
over 600,000 people to the service. Pagoo
will help offset the cost of signing up for call forwarding on busy with
your local phone company up to $10. If
you are the type of person who likes to comparison shop you'll appreciate
the cost comparison information on the Pagoo website.
Just select your local phone company, enter in your area code, and
indicate if you presently purchase voice mail, and you'll be presented with
the net cost for the Pagoo service verses an additional phone line, a
typical savings of 75%.
Pagoo Communications, Inc.
360 Ritch Street, Suite 205
San Francisco, CA 94107 U.S.A.
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Nick Anis is a food, wine, and travel
and technology writer with over 24 books in print published by
McGraw-Hill, Random House, Bantam, Ziff-Davis, Tab, and others. Nick's
articles have appeared in The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, West Coast
Media, The Family Publications Group, The Weekly News, and Travel-Watch.
His beats include food, travel, snow and waters sports, entertainment,
family recreation, consumer electronics, home improvement, and automotive.
He is responsible for the Restaurant Row Ethnic Dining Guide, co-published
by the Long Beach Press Telegram. Nick is an
accomplished downhill skier, PADI certified SCUBA diver, and when he's not
sitting on his butt goofing off, enjoys a variety of active recreation
including tennis, riding motorcycles, ATVs, wave runners, snow machines,
horses, skeet and trap shooting he's also taken a stab at riding camels,
donkeys, elephants, ostriches, lamas, dolphins, Reindeer, bulls,
mechanical bulls, and buffalo. Nick is a member (A
Secretary/Treasurer) of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers
Association (IFWTWA), a member of the North American Snow Sports
Journalist Association (NASJA), Computer Press Association, The Writer's
Guild, and listed in Books in Print, Media Map, and Press Access.
You can reach Nick at Editor@Travel-Watch.com.