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

Not carrier-based voicemail--an actual physical machine.
 
cgc 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.
 
Thorzdad 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.
 
andi*pandi 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.
 
shifuimam 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.
 
Scott_R Apr 22, 2013 01:13 PM
I did specifically say I was looking for a physical machine and NOT voicemail
 
Thorzdad 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.
 
andi*pandi 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Note the product is discontinued, in their own words analog solutions are outdated and unnecessary.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/
 
iMOTOR Apr 26, 2013 04:32 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Scott_R (Post 4225597)
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.
 
turtle777 Apr 26, 2013 07:00 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Scott_R (Post 4227163)
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.

-t
 
Scott_R Apr 29, 2013 10:48 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by turtle777 (Post 4227959)
Maybe you would get better advice if you told us WHY it has to be hardware.

Maybe you just THINK it has to be.
-t
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.
 
BLAZE_MkIV Apr 29, 2013 11:25 PM
And this is why, ever since they invented them, you have a separate lines for fax and voice.
 
P 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)
 
andi*pandi 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.
 
cgc May 1, 2013 11:39 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV (Post 4228362)
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.
 
BLAZE_MkIV May 1, 2013 11:45 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by cgc (Post 4228620)
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.
 
cgc May 1, 2013 01:32 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV (Post 4228626)
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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