'CALLER I.D.' FOR CHRONIC WEB SURFERS
TIRED OF MISSING CALLS while you're using your only telephone line to surf the Web? Info Interactive Inc. in Halifax, N.S., may have the answer. It has come up with a new service for telephone companies to offer: When you're on the Web and a call comes in, a message would pop onto your computer screen identifying the caller's number. Then, through your computer, you could choose to take the call, route it to voice mail, or forward it to another number.
The key is a computer that Info Interactive would install and manage at your local telephone company's switching center for a fee. It would intercept standard caller I.D. information for each call and beam it to you via the Internet. No licenses have been signed yet, but Info Interactive expects the notification service could go for as little as $5 or $6 a month--about 40% less than caller I.D.
EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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