I just read a short review in PC Week about a $400 gizmo which
answers your phone, then issues a robot-voice announcement to the
caller requesting that the (hopefully touch-tone-equipped) person
press the '3' button. The caller is then connected to your voice
phone, which rings as usual. If '3' is not pressed, the gizmo
box assumes that a fax or modem is calling, and your data
equipment receives the incoming call. Seems like a good way to
get double use of one line.
The $400 seems overpriced for what you get, my $50 answering
machine can recognize tones and make decisions accordingly. Are
there seminal components or subsystems you can get to put one of
these together?? Any other comments on this kind of equipment?