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CALL ONLINE PALS OFFLINE--AND KEEP YOUR COVER

ONE OF THE ALLURES OF online services and the Internet is the chance to strike up new relationships with people all over the world. The problem is, you can't call them--or they you--without giving up your anonymity. Until now, that is.

PeopleLink Inc. in Los Angeles has created a service called ChatCall that lets online pen pals talk by telephone--without revealing their phone numbers. Once they have set up an account, two people can share a code, then call a toll-free number, punch in the code, and be connected. The calls are untraceable, and as many as six people can join in at once.

Another product, called PeopleLink, notifies Net surfers when their friends or colleagues are online, anywhere on the Net. All parties must have the software, which runs in a window next to their Web browser. It also lets them exchange short, typed messages instantly.

EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY


Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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