Net2Phone Offers E-Mail By Phone, Free Accounts
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IDT's Net2Phone Thursday said its Net2Phone Direct customers can now retrieve e-mail messages via text-to-speech technology.
By using technology provided by MailCall, subscribers can listen to e-mail messages by calling their Net2Phone Direct account, without the use of a computer or laptop. In addition, the company announced that it will provide free e-mail accounts to all of its Net2Phone Direct customers who use MailCall.
Net2Phone Direct is similar to a pre-paid calling card: users dial an access number, enter an account number, and enter the number they want to dial. If users want to retrieve their e-mail, they enter a code. Users who want to get e-mail from accounts other than the free Net2Phone Direct account can change their preferences through a designated secure Web site. Upon first time use of MailCall, subscribers receive a free Net2Phone e-mail account.
Once the service is activated, users hear the headers of each of their e-mail message, and can then select from various options for managing e-mail. Subscribers can listen to the text of the message in English or Spanish, make a hard copy of the message sent to any fax machine in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, or reply to the message.
Preference options available through the security-encoded Web site include six different voices with three pitches each, a default fax phone number, a customized response, and several pattern matching strings which can be used to filter and prioritize e-mail.
Net2Phone Direct is expected to launch February 15. The cost of the service is $0.25 per minute with no monthly fee. Net2Phone Direct also allows users to make phone calls and send faxes over the Internet for five cents a minute and up.
"Net2Phone has always been committed to offering unique and innovative services to our users, and computerless e-mail retrieval is one of many products we plan to bring to the market," said David Greenblatt, Chief Operating Officer of Net2Phone. "By introducing value-added services to our Internet telephony suite of services, we continue lead our sector with innovative services for consumers."