Does anyone know...

United States
July 6, 2008 9:49pm CST
of any software or programs that will alert you to incoming telephone calls while you are using dial-up? I just moved into an apartment and am trying to keep my costs down by using dial-up. The only trouble is that I don't know if someone is trying to call me. Have you ever used a software that provided this function and if you did, did you find that it worked well and was it worth paying for?
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9 responses
• United States
7 Jul 08
I remember faintly using something like that but Its been a little while but I will keep an eye out and ask some people, Im sure it exists.
• United States
7 Jul 08
another thing, I think I remember a friend using caller id to catch her calls but of course its no alert
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• United States
7 Jul 08
I know there are programs out there, I just don't know whether they are worth it or not. If you think of anything, let me know. Thanks.
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@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Jul 08
hi kb my son informed me that for us using dsl has not been that much more expensive than dialup and sure eliminates the hassle of how to work around incoming phone calls. I think that there are different prices on dsl but we have had no problems with it and it sure beats the slow slow dial up.oh we did have some software for that but it was just as expensive as if we had had dsl and so we switched.
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• United States
7 Jul 08
I think you might be right. Right now, I'm using free hours from AOL and have been afraid to commit to anything else, but I'll look into it. Thanks Hatley.
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
8 Jul 08
Not that I know of... I am on dial up as there is no broadband where I am. However... I don't know how the system work in the US... but in Australia... if you add up the cost of your dial up service + the cost of having to make a call each time you want to go on the internet... it is actually cheaper to get broadband. This of course would depend on how often you connect. If for instance you had such a software to know when you receive a call... and you disconnect each time you receive a call... it would cost you plenty. Sometimes when somebody tries to call me... I automatically lose my internet connection and the call. That's annoying and again it cost to reconnect.
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• United States
8 Jul 08
I believe there are programs out there, but I think by the time I add the cost of one of those, along with my telephone its all going to equal out to be about the same and why put up with a slow internet connection when I can get something three times as fast for the same amount of money? I think I'm persuaded to just bite the bullet and go for broadband. Nice to see you by the way.
• Australia
8 Jul 08
Nice to see you back KB. I have been missing you. It seem that everytime I meet someone interesting on myLot... They move on to better things. lol
@mummymo (23707)
7 Jul 08
Hey kat I just wanted to come in and say congrats on the new apartment - I hope all is going well and send my love! I wish I knew of some such software sweety to help but I'm afraid I don't - here's hoping someone else does! xxxx
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• United States
7 Jul 08
Thanks. I think this has been more of a "welcome back" discussion instead of how to get calls on the internet. Perhaps I should start another discussion. LOL.
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@mummymo (23707)
7 Jul 08
Sorry kat i was just so excited I had to come say hi! lol xx
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Hey KB!! Glad to see you back...Hope things are looking up...As for a program or software..wow I really dont know off hand but my husband might so I'll ask him when I talk to him later...I've not used dialup in many yrs now so I'm not sure whats out there...BUT be careful with AOL..I have a gf who uses it and my husband did at one point as well and both of them had nothing but trouble with it...
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• United States
7 Jul 08
Thank you very much for the welcome back. Things are getting better for me. If you don't mind asking your husband that would be great. Please let me know and I have also not heard the best of things about AOL either, but I'm using free hours right now.
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@ellie333 (21018)
7 Jul 08
Hi KB, Lovely to see you here, you have been missed, that is great that you are online even though on dial up. I don't know of any systems though I'm afraid. What about if you tell people to text before calling so that if you are online you can get off to take the call. Big hugs. Ellie :D
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@moondancer (7433)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I'm sorry I don't know of any, but there is so much out there to help us with just about any thing for our comps. I would search and then make sure it is good by checking it out like with snopes.com or something to make sure before I paid good money for something. I know you want something efficent that will handle your needs.
@kaleegirl45 (1515)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I think they sell and attchment where it letting you know when a call in coming in. I'm sorry I don't remember the name. Have you asked you telephone company?
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
7 Jul 08
The only one i know was called Internet call waiting. I got it through my internet service provider for a few years. When XP came out it didn't work properly so I stopped using it. They haven't updated the software since. I saw you said you were using the AOL free time. AOL has one called AOL call alert that is free for 30 days.