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Yahoo! On Your Phone

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Yahoo! isn't just for your browser anymore. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. Telephone access to content from the Net is nothing new. Lots of companies are competing in the space. And now Yahoo! hopes to nudge them aside with a slew of new services. VP Geoff Ralston...

"First we're going to introduce Yahoo! by phone or 1 800 my yahoo, which will provide users with anytime, anywhere access to their Yahoo! content and services via voice telephone. Also, Yahoo, already being a leader in voice communications with our PC to PC voice chat, now we're releasing a powerful new set of voice communications tools including free voice mail, where callers can leave a message for a Yahoo phone user by calling 1 800 My Yahoo and entering the user's extension. We're also offering email by phone. And finally, we're going to announce free PC to phone calls in the domestic United States."

Yahoo! is partnering with Net2Phone for that service. The amount of information available through Yahoo! by Phone will be limited at first...

"But right now, for example, if you're driving to the airport, going to a city and wondering what the weather's like..you can call up and request the weather for that city."

Like other similar services... that are free to consumers... you'll have to put up with brief commercials over the phone. Not only can you listen to your email, you can reply by sending a voice file as well. You can sign up for the services at Phone.yahoo.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg News.