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Call Catcher - No More Missed Calls While Online

by Nick Anis

As more and more people get connected to the net they are finding themselves in a crunch for phone lines.  A typical second or third phone line can cost you about $30 to activate and another $25 month (including taxes).  For about $1.25 per month you can add call forwarding on busy on your phone line; which you can forward to Pagoo's Call Catcher Service.  Call Catcher, which costs an additional $3.95 per month, gives you your own personal 800 number for voice mail, a personal greeting, email notification, alphanumeric pager notification, ICQ notification, a Pagoo Player that's Windows 95/98/NT and Mac 7.6 and above compatible, and a web-based message manager.  No special hardware is required, just a typical multimedia PC connected to the Internet.  The software is only a 555K download.  It will only take you a few minutes to signup and download the free Mac or PC Pagoo software, which is only 555K.  The cost is $3.95 per month if you sign up for a year, or $4.95 per month if you sign up for six months.

Call Catcher gives you your own personal 800 number for voice mail with unlimited messaging for a total out of pocket cost of $5.20 per month.  That's a $267.60 savings over the phone company's cost of toll-line without voice mail.  That quite a deal, when taking into account the alphanumeric pager, chat, and email notification, and web-based message manager capabilities.

Call Catcher does not handle faxes, but you can receive them on your regular phone line because if it's in use Call Catcher will prevent you from missing any calls.  Another firm, Efax offers free inbound voice mail and faxes.  Efax's premium service, which costs $2.95 per month, gives you a voice mail and fax number in the area code of your choice.  Efax charges $3.40 per month plus for toll-free numbers plus $.10 per page for inbound faxes.  Efax plus accounts have a $10 setup charge.  Another firm that was a pioneer in integrated messaging, Jfax offers phone numbers in your choice of 60 cities for $10.00 per month.  You can receive voice mail or faxes and the message will be forwarded to your email box.  Jfax also offers toll-free numbers, but there is an additional $.25 per minute charge.  Jfax costs more, but has the widest choice of countries, cities, and area codes.  If your main goal is to eliminate missing telephone calls and faxes, while you are talking on the phone, receiving a fax, or online, Call Catcher is a convenient and cost effective alternative.

A toll-free line with unlimited messages for a flat $3.95 per month, no setup charge, not inbound page or message charge, 30 days free service, and reinbursement of up to $10 for call forward on busy charges, puts Call Catcher in a league of its own.  Most companies, small businesses, non-profit groups, clubs, and individuals have to struggle with the question should they invest $.25 or more per minute plus a $10 to $20 monthly fee for a toll-free number.  Toll-free numbers also get quite a few wrong numbers and that's not fun when you are getting billed for them.  Also regular toll-free or toll numbers don't have all the sophisticated notifications options of Call Catcher.

San Francisco based Pagoo was founded in 1997.  The company has signed up over 600,000 people to the service.  Pagoo will help offset the cost of signing up for call forwarding on busy with your local phone company up to $10.  If you are the type of person who likes to comparison shop you'll appreciate the cost comparison information on the Pagoo website.  Just select your local phone company, enter in your area code, and indicate if you presently purchase voice mail, and you'll be presented with the net cost for the Pagoo service verses an additional phone line, a typical savings of 75%.

Pagoo Communications, Inc.
360 Ritch Street, Suite 205
San Francisco, CA 94107 U.S.A.


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Nick Anis is a food, wine, and travel and technology writer with over 24 books in print published by McGraw-Hill, Random House, Bantam, Ziff-Davis, Tab, and others. Nick's articles have appeared in The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, West Coast Media, The Family Publications Group, The Weekly News, and Travel-Watch.  His beats include food, travel, snow and waters sports, entertainment, family recreation, consumer electronics, home improvement, and automotive.  He is responsible for the Restaurant Row Ethnic Dining Guide, co-published by the Long Beach Press Telegram.  Nick is an accomplished downhill skier, PADI certified SCUBA diver, and when he's not sitting on his butt goofing off, enjoys a variety of active recreation including tennis, riding motorcycles, ATVs, wave runners, snow machines, horses, skeet and trap shooting he's also taken a stab at riding camels, donkeys, elephants, ostriches, lamas, dolphins, Reindeer, bulls, mechanical bulls, and buffalo.  Nick is a member (A Secretary/Treasurer) of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), a member of the North American Snow Sports Journalist Association (NASJA), Computer Press Association, The Writer's Guild, and listed in Books in Print, Media Map, and Press Access.  You can reach Nick at Editor@Travel-Watch.com.


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