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Good Answers

Digital answering machines with integrated telephones help your business connect.

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This story appears in the August 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

The world is becoming a techno-geek's paradise, with machines playing an increasingly crucial role in how efficiently your business runs. One of the best tools for boosting your company's image is the digital answering machine, which is rapidly pushing traditional analog units toward the graveyard where rotary-dial phones and eight-track tapes rest.

Instead of recording on tape, digital units use microchips that deliver higher-quality sound with less static. They have fewer mechanical components to wear out, and they can retrieve messages without waiting for the winding of a tape. (One drawback: A power loss can wipe out stored messages, but most machines now come with 9-volt battery compartments or backup systems.)

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