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A Virtual Personal Assistant

Techstination feature for Wednesday, December 22, 1999

Maybe we'll all have one of these in the next century... a virtual personal assistant. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. It can get pretty confusing these days. You've got your office phone number, your home least one...a wireless phone, the office fax line, email,! (Aud) Webley is one of a growing number of services that give you a single toll free number to use for everything....

"And that one number sends the calls wherever you want them to be sent."

And it's all done, says Webley's Hal Poel, using voice recognition...

"So you'd say, transfer my calls today to my cell phone. And then also built into this is a universal mailbox that really takes all of your voicemail, all of your faxes and even your email and puts it in one easy to get to place."

That you can access through a telephone or on the web.

"You can be driving along in your car, hands free and me my email."

The price of the service... ten to fifteen dollars a month and 14.9 cents a minute. There are companies, such as General Magic offering similar services, with some basics for free if you listen to commercials.You can find more information at