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Apr 10, 2013, 11:49 AM
 
Anyone know of a answering machine that can email the messages it receives?

Not carrier-based voicemail--an actual physical machine.
     
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Apr 10, 2013, 05:57 PM
 
So you're looking for an antique (e.g. answering machine) that can do something very modern (e.g. convert speech to text and email)? How hard could THAT be to find? I'd start with answering machine software for a computer...but then again you'd need a modem card so you're screwed there too.
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Apr 11, 2013, 12:37 PM
 
While not an on-site machine, you can tie Google Voice to your phone number and use it like an answering machine, and have it email you either a text transcript of the message, or a link to the audio.

But, to directly answer your question, I've never seen a stand-alone answering machine with email capability.
     
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Apr 11, 2013, 01:52 PM
 
Our phone network at work can do this, via Cisco. It's not a plain ol' answering machine though. I bet most VOIP services can do that though.
     
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Apr 14, 2013, 11:28 PM
 
+1,000 for Google Voice. It's free, it can text and email voicemails to you, as well as provide a web or mobile device frontend for accessing and organizing all your voicemails.
     
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Apr 22, 2013, 01:13 PM
 
I did specifically say I was looking for a physical machine and NOT voicemail
     
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Apr 24, 2013, 08:21 AM
 
We know. I suppose our answers are what they are because there is no such machine, so we suggested alternatives.
     
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Apr 24, 2013, 09:27 AM
 
You could make your computer be the answering machine. Couldn't you? Yes, in 2004:

http://www.ovolab.com/mac-apps/ovolab-phlink/

Note the product is discontinued, in their own words analog solutions are outdated and unnecessary. VOIP is easier.

http://www.macworld.com/article/1050...onevalet4.html from 2006.

when I searched I also got these, which appear to be a business solutions.

https://panasonic.ca/english/telecom...ce/KXTVM50.asp

http://www.ringcentral.com/office/phone-details.html

I'm not sure what this does, but maybe?

http://www.way2call.com/
     
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Apr 26, 2013, 04:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by Scott_R View Post
Anyone know of a answering machine that can email the messages it receives?

Not carrier-based voicemail--an actual physical machine.
Give this company a call:

IP Phone Systems, UC and Asterisk solutions - Phone Systems Powered by Asterisk

They're real nice. A system will probably cost you ~$1500 unless you are resourceful enough to build your own Asterisk system from scratch.
     
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Apr 26, 2013, 07:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by Scott_R View Post
I did specifically say I was looking for a physical machine and NOT voicemail
Maybe you would get better advice if you told us WHY it has to be hardware.

Maybe you just THINK it has to be.

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Apr 29, 2013, 10:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
Maybe you would get better advice if you told us WHY it has to be hardware.

Maybe you just THINK it has to be.
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Because the fax machine--that I have no choice but to use because a LOT of businesses still rely on them--shares the line and requires it. If the fax picks up and it's voice, then voice mail assumes that the phone has been answered and will not take it instead. If it's a fax and the voice mail picks it up, the fax machine never detects the fax tones. Either way, to get faxes AND voice messages, I need both devices to be physically present in the same room.
     
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Apr 29, 2013, 11:25 PM
 
And this is why, ever since they invented them, you have a separate lines for fax and voice.
     
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Apr 30, 2013, 08:50 AM
 
Seems to me like the best solution would be to have a single computer (with a modem) that will both receive faxes and act as an answering machine, but then I haven't had to bother with faxes for years.

(OT: I know I had to use in 2004 to get a parking permit at some place, but I think that was the last time)
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Apr 30, 2013, 01:05 PM
 
I think the computer is a good idea. Heck, I even said so ^^^ there. It's nice having faxes become pdf or jpg files that you can attach to emails etc.
     
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May 1, 2013, 11:39 AM
 
Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
And this is why, ever since they invented them, you have a separate lines for fax and voice.
When the fax machine was invented there were no telephone lines at all...BTW, that was in 1843.
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May 1, 2013, 11:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by cgc View Post
When the fax machine was invented there were no telephone lines at all...BTW, that was in 1843.
Yes but we're talking about telephone based systems not telegraph. That was invented later.
     
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May 1, 2013, 01:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
Yes but we're talking about telephone based systems not telegraph. That was invented later.
Oh, well let me stop looking for a PCIE telegraph card then...
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