iPhone App to Sidestep AT&T [telecom]

IPhone App to Sidestep AT&T

By DAVID POGUE March 24, 2010

For a little $1 iPhone app, Line2 sure has the potential to shake up an entire industry.

It can save you money. It can make calls where AT&T's signal is weak, like indoors. It can turn an iPod Touch into a full-blown cellphone.

And it can ruin the sleep of cellphone executives everywhere.

Line2 gives your iPhone a second phone number - a second phone line, complete with its own contacts list, voice mail, and so on. The company behind it, Toktumi (get it?), imagines that you'll distribute the Line2 number to business contacts, and your regular iPhone number to friends and family. Your second line can be an 800 number, if you wish, or you can transfer an existing number.

To that end, Toktumi offers, on its Web site, a raft of Google Voice-ish features that are intended to help a small businesses look bigger: call screening, Do Not Disturb hours and voice mail messages sent to you as e-mail. You can create an "automated attendant"

-"Press 1 for sales," "Press 2 for accounting," and so on - that routes incoming calls to other phone numbers. Or, if you're pretending to be a bigger business than you are, route them all to yourself.

The Line2 app is a carbon copy, a visual clone, of the iPhone's own phone software. The dialing pad, your iPhone Contacts list, your recent calls list and visual voice mail all look just like the iPhone's.


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***** Moderator's Note *****

Since details on just about every business are now available online for free, I don't see where the demand for "make you business look bigger" features comes from. It may be a selling point for entrepreneurs with large egos, but it's not going to fool any purchasing manager worth his salt.

Bill Horne Moderator

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Monty Solomon
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......... And we all know that the *worst* way to do IVR messages is to lead with "Press 1..." etc don't we?

People remember the *last* item in a group, which is why most (if not all these days) IVR prompts are structured "For sales press 1" etc so if they want "sales", they are then ready to note the method to actually get there.

-- Regards, David.

David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.

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David Clayton

Heh ... system I met recently didn't know that. It went:

Parro' esspanyol' oh preema el nuweighvay. Press two for English, press five for sales, press 1 for company directory, press six for service, press four for billing, ...

Total hodge podge! and the Spanish was really as bad as you see here!

Cheers, -- tlvp

-- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP

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