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Today's multifunctional modems make getting the word out a snap.

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The world is getting smaller--or at least office equipment is. Thanks to the newest technology, you can replace that bulky fax machine and space-stealing answering machine with one neat, inexpensive little unit called a multifunctional modem, with prices ranging from $70 to $379.

Designed to transmit files and faxes, connect you to the Internet, and serve as answering machines that support caller I.D. and call-waiting, today's modems also serve as hands-free, speed-dial telephones, accepting and storing incoming calls in voice-mail boxes--all directly from your computer.

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