InnoMedia InfoAccel

The Good Extra features when calling other InfoAccel users.

The Bad Still lacks telephone-quality audio; locked into one service provider; national long distance is not always free.

The Bottom Line Only businesses and families willing to adhere to InnoMedia's members-only restrictions on long distance calls will reap the benefits of this product.

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InnoMedia InfoAccel

InnoMedia's InfoAccel Net phone comes with a catch: Long distance calls are free only when made to other InfoAccel users. InnoMedia delivers better software and features than Actiontec's Internet Phone Wizard and better audio quality than software-only Web phones, but only businesses and groups that toe the InnoMedia line will benefit from this product's features. InnoMedia's InfoAccel Net phone comes with a catch: Long distance calls are free only when made to other InfoAccel users. InnoMedia delivers better software and features than Actiontec's Internet Phone Wizard and better audio quality than software-only Web phones, but only businesses and groups that toe the InnoMedia line will benefit from this product's features.

Corporate Feel
The $99 InfoAccel has a corporate feel to it, with slick installation, handsome interface, and slightly bureaucratic and seemingly unnecessary dialing protocols. You have to press the pound key before and after the number you are dialing, for instance, and if you want to call a non-InfoAccel user, you have to hit the star button before dialing. Installation is easy, however: All you do is install the PCI card, connect your phone to the InfoAccel, and connect a pass-through phone cord between the InfoAccel and your modem.

It's clear that InfoAccel is mainly designed to support voice telephony between InfoAccel users on InnoMedia's Innosphere voice network. Calls are free only to other Innosphere "phone numbers" (voice network addresses). All calls to real phone numbers cost real money. National long distance calls are 5 cents per minute, hardly a bargain when AT&T and Sprint offer comparable rates with much higher voice quality. However, the InfoAccel does come with $10 of phone credit for use with your system. And there are potentially big savings for people who do a lot of international long distance calling: up to 80 percent.

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  • Brand InnoMedia Inc.
  • Type Voice interface card
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