I'm playing with Callwave's business "follow me" service and virtual fax service (alas, receive only). This experimentation come in response to J2/Efax's inability to give me a local number in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I live and work. FYI - for those of you keeping score, population in the Knoxville MSA for 2000 census was 687,249 - so this is not the "land that time forgot". For those of you in other locales, greater Knoxville is the home of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Spallation Neutron Source, and the Y-12 "Nucular Weapuns" Complex (sorry - I slipped out of English into a burst of the dialect we call "Y'all" there...) Anyway, despite the lyrics of the Ballad of Jed Clampett, we believe that Jed and his 'kin are from further north - think Southeast Kentucky or SW Virginia (think Harlan, KY or Grundy, VA). And no, I am not Jethro.
My upcoming travel schedule (see lower left corner of page) is such that the lack of a virtual fax solution and "follow me" phone numbers is a problem for both me and my clients. The added bonus with Callwave is a software program that will give you "caller ID" when you're in the office so you know who is calling your follow me number. You can have it forward to one number if the application is running (read: you're in the office or working in your home office), and to another number if you're not online (think: in your car, traveling, etc.)
So anyway, here are my new numbers through Callwave -
Follow me Voice line - 865-684-4514
Virtual fax - 865-684-4515
The service is about $18/month for both virtual numbers with all of the bells and whistles - and it seems like it would be a great item for any road warrior. Faxes can be received in a number of formats, including PDF and TIFF (as e-mail attachments).
Are any of you using virtual fax/ voice follow me numbers to keep in touch while traveling? What about unified messaging (e.g. voice mail, fax, and e-mail in one inbox)? What other vendors am I missing? Any security concerns here (we ARE using VOIP to connect the calls to home/cell phone numbers)? I would love to get any input you all have on this system and process - while it seems nice, I don't want to miss something big and create an unauthorized disclosure of information - so I'm going to test it for 30 days and see what I think of it - what are your thoughts?????