WEB MAGIC: FROM POSTING AN AUDIO CYBERSPIEL...
EVERY DAY, IT SEEMS THERE'S a new trick on the World Wide Web. This one lets people ``publish'' voice messages from any telephone. The service is called DialWeb, from Telet in Towson, Md.
Say you were an analyst at a financial-service company who posts daily reports about certain stocks. You would call Telet's computer, enter a password, and deliver your spiel. The computer would digitize and record your message. Later, when clients visited your Web page, they would click on the appropriate icon, and Telet's computer would send them the message--encoded in Progressive Networks Inc.'s popular Real Audio format.
Telet is charging a $299 setup fee and $55 a month for its service, which includes one audio update per day. One prospective user: the Republican National Committee. The group is considering using the system to relay bulletins from the floor of the upcoming convention in San Diego. Party employees with cellular phones would call in reports for Web surfers. Telet is also promoting DialWeb as a voice-mail system that avoids long-distance charges.
EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1996, Bloomberg L.P.