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Speaker Phone

E-speak, mall rats, revolutionary rules.

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This story appears in the April 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Hooked on e-mail? Then you'll soon be addicted to Mail Call, which reads your e-mail to you over the phone using text-to-speech software.

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