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(Solved) Incoming phone calls while on the net

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by abeer_d, Dec 13, 2003.

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  1. abeer_d

    abeer_d Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have got a dial-up internet connection. Is there any free software that will make me know when an incoming call is there while i am on the net?

    Thanks
     
  2. bozz

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    Yes, there are third party programs that will do this. Try a Google search. Maybe someone will come along with a good one.

    Another suggestion....If you have a cell phone and you have call forwarding, that would really be the best solution instead of installing yet another program IMHO. :) Been There/Done That.
     
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    I believe a V.92 modem will do this. It has a modem-on-hold feature. It requires your ISP have V.92 capability and you must have call waiting and caller ID active on your phone service. That's the gist of my research to date. I've not actually done this, but I am contemplating doing so.

    Here's one site I've looked at so far.

    http://www.usr.com/v92/

    Any input on this subject would be appreciated.
     
  5. kiwiguy

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    There is no "free lunch" solution to this unfortunately. A dial-up line can only do one thing at a time. A voice connection, or a modem connection, but not both.

    Firstly you need to have a "Call Waiting" type service activated on the phone line, as without it there is no way to signal to anyone that someone is calling. Without a "call waiting" service enabled, the new caller just gets a busy tone and no "advice" can be given to anyone. Call waiting usually carries a monthly charge, depending on your service provider.

    With "call waiting" there is an alert tone placed on the line, and this can often cause the modem to disconnect.
    Its not intended to, its a useful flaw though as it achieves the intended result in some cases.

    You can buy devices to put on your end of the line, which detect the call waiting tone and put your modem "on hold" while they send the call to the phone, then resume when you hang up, but I think they will only "hold" your modem connection for 30 seconds or so.

    V92 achieves a similar effect when/if ISP's adopt it.
     
  6. abeer_d

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    Thanks for your very informative help friends. My problem is solved :)

    Needless to say this thread is solved.

    See you again.
    Bye.
     
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