PowerDialer has been reviewed by many prestigious publications
including Popular Electronics, U.S. News & World Report,
and The Boston Globe.
They agree. The PowerDialer is an amazing machine.
Electronics - "New Products"
- "Editor's Choice"
U.S. News & World Report - "News
You Can Use"
The Boston Globe
- "Shop Talk"
Specifically designed to redial
phone numbers that seem to be constantly busy, the PowerDialer from Technology Arts can
repeatedly dial as quickly as the telephone company can process the calls - as fast as 25
times per minute. When busy signals or "all circuits are busy" recordings are
encountered, the PowerDialer immediately hangs up and tries again. When the call finally
goes through, an alarm sounds to let the caller know.
The device can be used to call to
order tickets for popular concerts or sporting events, to enter radio contests, to make
golf tee-off or tennis court reservations, or to get through to technical support lines
and computer online services and bulletin boards. The PowerDialer can be set to
periodically retry unanswered phone numbers. It also features the ability to store numbers
in memory, advanced tone detection, and a built-in speaker for hands-free monitoring.
The PowerDialer is much faster
than the automatic redial services offered by many phone companies. Those services are as
slow as one call every five minutes; the PowerDialer can dial a busy number 125 times in
Wired - Wild Things
At last, an easy way to get
through to Ticketmaster. The PowerDialer, a gadget by Technology Arts that connects
to any phone or modem, redials busy numbers - as many as 25 times per minute - until a
connection is made. When the call goes through, an alarm sounds, signaling you to pick up
the phone. We'll take two tickets to the Soul Asylum concert, please.
Dial 'em to Death! Technology Arts PowerDialer Will Get You Through
by John Jainschigg
Once a week, I go to the movies.
Each Friday, around 7:00 PM, I call my local theatre to learn what's playing, and get
It's always busy. So I do what any
self-respecting telecom genius would do - I hang up, and hit REDIAL. Again and again.
Until I get through.
At least, that's what I did before
I glommed one of Technology Arts' nifty little PowerDialers. Tech Arts specializes in
making enormously-clever, simple, easy-to-install, cheap phone stuff - we've reviewed
several of their products, including distinctive-ring detectors and message-waiting lights
for network voice messaging.
The PowerDialer is a new, more
sophisticated twist on the old-fashioned "demon dialer" - a circa-1980,
microprocessor-based tool that picked up a bad reputation for being a favorite of phone
system hackers. Unlike a demon dialer, the PowerDialer doesn't permutate the end of a
dialed-number string, so it's useless for breaking into voicemail and call-through
But it's GREAT for getting through
busies and ring-no-answers! The PD is a little box, about the size of a half-sized
external modem. There are two RJ-11 jacks on the back, one for your line, the other for
your phone. A set of DIP switches let you configure the box to use different methods of
busy-tone detection, vary the number of ringdowns to an unanswered number, etc. Two
buttons reside on the front of the box - one marked "Redial Unanswered," the
other, "Redial Busy." Power comes from an included adapter.
It's a smart little box, so it's
simple as heck to operate. When you dial a number, the PowerDialer listens to the tones
and remembers them. If you get a busy, just hang up and hit the "Busy" button
(or terminate the dialed number with '**'). The PD redials forever, waiting each time just
long enough to hear the busy, before hanging up and trying again. If it gets through, it
rings back to the attached phone, telling you to pick up. If you don't pick up before the
other party answers, it holds the line open (and keeps ringing) - giving you that extra
second to run in from the bathroom and snatch the receiver off the hook.
In "Unanswered" mode
(press the appropriate button, or terminate the dialed number with '**'), PowerDialer
modifies its algorithm slightly, letting the phone at the other end ring between five and
15 times before recycling (depending on programming).
PowerDialer can remember up to ten
phone numbers; the can be dialed by entering a sequence like '*4*' (to dial the fourth
number in "Unanswered" mode).
Useful? You bet. Tech Arts says it
is selling a lot of these boxes in Japan, where people are using them to dial into golf
clubs and make appointments. For sure, they're great for business travel departments (dial
into ticketing and customer-service lines), MIS folks (dial into technical support lines),
anybody who calls government agencies (Ever try to raise someone at DMV?) or for people
who go to a lot of movies.
NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Technology Arts PowerDialer
Get through to a ticket line, golf reservation office, your
computer manufacturer's technical support staff or other constantly
busy number? PowerDialer redials a local number 15 to 25 times
a minute - the rate depends on technical factors - and sounds
an alarm when it connects. Redialing may slip a notch on long-distance
calls or when a call is "answered" but is followed
by a busy, as can happen when calling ticket agencies.
is simple - your phone to one jack, a wall phone outlet to a
second jack. Interesting side note: A Federal Communications
Commission rule, imposed because of concern over tying up lines,
bars automatic dialers from making more than 15 consecutive
calls to one number. So every 16th call, PowerDialer dials a
single digit, hangs up and starts over.
THE BOSTON GLOBE
Shop Talk: Redialer will get through to them
Tired of redialing when you try to
reach the likes of ticket services, tech support reps, or radio contest lines? Technology
Arts, Inc., another tiny Waltham outfit, makes and sells PowerDialer for the person who
absolutely, positively must get through. The device repeatedly dials busy telephone
numbers at a rate as fast as 25 times per minute, then sounds an alarm when it
successfully makes a connection.