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Powerbook modem used as a telephone

Message #1 - Posted 2002/02/25 - Jerry...Jerry...Jerry

in article MS877-785706.20571122022002@news.verizon.net, Marc Speyer at MS877@cornell.edu spoke thusly on 2/22/02 8:57 PM:

Does anyone know if it is possible to send voice out through the a powerbook G3 modem? I'm trying to use my Powerbook as stand-alone telephone.

I'm having a terrific time using this machine as a speed-dialer within "Now Up-to-Date and Contact" and it would be great to carry on the process without having to use the telephone at all.

No success so far. And really no discussion of this matter, that I could find, in a Google usenet search.

thanks, marc

I use my 8500 with a Global Village speakerphone/fax modem. I can make and receive calls without picking up the phone and stopping what I am doing and I would love the capability in my powerbook. I heard the pb modems were made by GV and they were voice capable but they would need software and a firmware upgrade to enable voice functionality. I think we are in the minority in wanting this capabilty (there are pc laptops with this capability) and it is probably the only reason I have not bought a set of Bookendz and replaced my 8500 with my Pismo. That and the cost of the Bookendz, that is...

-Adrion

Message #2 - Posted 2002/02/25 - Marc Speyer

Previously, Jerry...Jerry...Jerry wrote:

I use my 8500 with a Global Village speakerphone/fax modem. I can make and
receive calls without picking up the phone and stopping what I am doing and
I would love the capability in my powerbook. I heard the pb modems were made
by GV and they were voice capable but they would need software and a firmware upgrade to enable voice functionality. I think we are in the minority in wanting this capabilty (there are pc laptops with this capability) and it is probably the only reason I have not bought a set of Bookendz and replaced my 8500 with my Pismo. That and the cost of the Bookendz, that is...

-Adrion

Adrion, thanks for being that lone voice in the void on this question.

I put the question to Bing Software, makers of "Megaphone", the only Mac telephone utility I know of...

http://www.bingsoftware.com/megaphone.html

...No answer from them. I have the feeling the company is dead with the website still standing.

So my best bet in achieving this inexpensively is to pick up an old pcmcia modem with "voice" capability and assign my dialing and speaking to it.

--Marc

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