For anyone who's ever tried to make a quick call from a pay phone -- only to hear a busy signal at the other end -- Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. has a solution: Message Express.
Message Express, developed by US Advanced Network of Norcross, Ga., permits callers to leave a message up to one minute long and have it delivered when the line is free. C&P has chosen Baltimore as a site to test the new call-delivery service, which is available through 10,000 C&P pay phones in the metropolitan area, including ones at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
To use the service, callers dial the 800-number for Message Express that is posted on pay phones, then listen for instructions. Callers are told to enter the area code and number where they want a message delivered and to dial a calling or credit card number for billing purposes. Message Express also accepts Visa and American Express.