HolidayBuyer's Guide

Need help remembering birthdays and appointments?

A new online alert Web site offers a service that will send alerts to people via phone, e-mail, text message, instant message or fax for any event or appointment they need to remember.

Users have to log on and provide the date and time of the event, choose the method they want for the alert, when they want to be alerted and how many times. Alerts can go to land lines or cell phones and instant messaging applications from AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo. The 6Channel6 service works in the U.S. only.

The Web site says the free service may include ads. Customers can pay $15 a month or $150 a year for an ad-free premium service, which includes more than 20 phone calls a month.

Another site, offers a similar service for $4.95 a month.