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IBM wins MCI voice mail deal

IBM has won a deal to supply phone service company MCI with servers for a new voice mail system, the companies said Wednesday. Under the deal, 32 IBM p630 Unix servers will be used to house voice mail, to send voice mail alerts to pagers or e-mail addresses, and to allow people to check their messages over the Internet.

MCI will use IBM's WebSphere software to run the application. IBM said it's replacing equipment from Z-Tel. The four-processor p630 ranges in price from $16,000 to $53,000. MCI is a unit of WorldCom.