<pleasantry> Happy New Year! </
1) Every night a software agent on
your home computer surveys the
for posted rate tables from long
distance companies. (this might
require some regulation/standards
not...) some companies might
consider it very cheap advertising
comply with the formatting needs of
these agents, others will opt out.
2) The software on your home
computer then compiles a decision
tree for phone call cost optimizing
and hands it off to either your
terribly smart phone or your PDA.
This little agent then waits for you
make a call and it pops up a quick
question or two: How long will the
call be? Which phone are you using?
(my cell, another's cell, payphone,
office phone, etc..)
The agent SW then consults the
optimized decision tree and either
displays the number sequence to
or plays the dial tones.
In effect you would participate in
spot market for Long Distance
rates and the SW would be your
Of course the phone companies
little interest in selling this feature
their phones but I think there would
be a lovely little customer base for
SW Bakers to your development
suites, post haste!