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Lucent to debut Net "call waiting"

The firm will release a new product in hopes of curing a common source of aggravation among Netizens: missing phone calls when logged on to the Net.

Lucent Technologies will release a new product in hopes of curing a common source of aggravation among Netizens: missing phone calls when logged on to the Internet.

The company has unveiled Internet Call Waiting--a feature installed in local telephone networks by Internet service providers that warns the Web user of incoming phone calls without disturbing the connection.

The user is warned via a pop-up message that presents a list of choices: accept, route to voice mail, or ignore. Should the user accept the call, the Internet connection is cut off and the user can answer the phone. The cost to users was not disclosed.

"People with a single phone line have the added convenience of managing data access and incoming phone calls, and service providers can meet consumer demand for Internet use with a new revenue-generating service," said Curtis Holmes, a Lucent spokesman.

Lucent plans to roll out the service in the third quarter of 1998.