How to Use Your Computer As a Telephone Answering Machine

by Khalidah Tunkara

When your regular answering machine no longer functions, your computer can take over the job of answering incoming calls and taking messages. Computers can act as automatic receptionists, and software such as EZvoice phone answering software can be a useful, more affordable alternative to purchasing a new or used answering machine.

1

Visit the EZvoice website and download the software to your computer.

2

Install the software using the automatic install feature.

3

Configure your desired feature, such as caller ID or blocking of unwanted callers.

4

Make sure that your modem is the proper type to accept incoming telephone calls. Most computers are set to accept telephone calls; however, you may have a modem that will accept only data and fax calls. If your modem is data-based, you can purchase a modem to accept telephone calls at any computer store that sells computer hardware.

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Plug your phone line cord into your computer's telephone jack. This will allow calls to be picked up by your computer.

6

Make a test call to your telephone number to make sure that the software is working and your computer is connecting with the call properly.

Tip

  • Be sure to disconnect the phone line from the computer or turn off the software when you need to answer the calls manually.

Warning

  • Check to see if your computer has enough memory to work correctly. If the computer lags, does not have enough processing speed or has any other malfunction, your calls may not be answered.

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Khalidah Tunkara is an accomplished freelance writer and journalist based in Atlanta, Ga. Tunkara began her writing career in 1994 and attended Georgia Perimeter College. Her articles have appeared in "The New Trend," "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," eHow.com and Trails Travel. Tunkara is the featured Headline News writer for the Examiner.

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