Relief may be on the way for road warriors and other business users suffering from "message-itis".
Executives with the disease feel dizzy and stressed because they are constantly spinning between their fax machines, personal computers and mobile phones to check for fax messages, e-mail and voice messages.
The antidote is arriving as products springing up in the new market sector of unified messaging. One of the first is JFax, a software-based service that delivers faxes and phone voice messages directly to the customer's e-mail inbox.
Invented by 25-year-old musician Jaye Muller who was an early sufferer of "message-itis", JFax now claims thousands of users around the globe. They include several hundred Australians who have signed up for the service since its launch here in December.
JFax's Australian distributor and service operator E.Com Global Communications is currently hunting for local channel partners to help reach its target market of 400,000 commercial e-mail users.
E.Com managing director Alex Koszo is searching for them among the ranks of small telecomms carriers and Internet service providers to augment Jfax's global arrangements with America Online, Eudora, Compuserve and Fujitsu.
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