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Cell phones and alphanumeric pagers have some distinct disadvantages: Cell phones don't let you screen calls for wrong numbers--and reading messages from a pager while driving is best left to stuntpeople. Motorola's Portable Answering Machine, a handheld voice pager, combines the features of an answering machine and a pager by receiving pages in the caller's own voice. The unit's user-friendly interface works like an answering machine--with play, fast forward, rewind, delete and volume controls. It's memory holds four minutes of voice messages, and an additional 30 minutes can be stored within the service provider's "virtual" memory. Check Motorola's Web site for service providers, setup charges and monthly fees.

Motorola's portable answering machine
price: $79.99
(800) 548-9954

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This article was originally published in the July 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: You Can Take It With You.

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