Ovation Communications has launched a Web-based unified messaging service to help business users and consumers fight information overload.
Called Vivao, all messages are managed by one universal mailbox that can be accessed with the Web, a digital mobile phone or a touchtone phone.
Customers are given a direct-dial number and an Email address to which messages are diverted, as well as a password to retrieve messages over the Web.
By putting users in complete control of their communications, Vivao aims to reduce the time and costs of dealing with multiple communication services by empowering users to decide when and how to respond by translating messages from one format to another.
"It is an in-your-face application, which sits on top of the two fastest-growing networks: the Internet and the mobile phone," said Allen Scott, business development director at Ovations.
Aimed at both busy consumers and business users, Vivao costs from #9.95 to #19.95 for a monthly subscription. Users can sign up via the company's Web site or through such partners as Phone 4U, Specialist Computer Centre, Barratt Edwards and Accord IT.
One corporate customer Scott refused to name is already using the system to help manage 900 remote workers using laptops and mobile phones. UUnet is handling connections and will market the Vivao service to its resellers as a value-added service.
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