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I am trying to find a caller id device/program that will automatically open a browser and append the incoming phone number to a url when receiving a call. For example:

This would probably be a usb device that you would run a phone line through that will get caller id and allow you to set custom commands like append the number to a url and launching it in a Browser.


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have you tried to check the log files of the tool you are using to receive the calls ? – Shekhar Mar 20 '12 at 15:40
I haven't purchased the tool yet because I am still in the research phase. – timbad2021 Mar 20 '12 at 15:44
the look for a tool that generates a log and then you need to write a script that would read the log file and do as you need – Shekhar Mar 20 '12 at 15:48
Right that is mostly what I was looking for help with. Finding the tool that would do this. – timbad2021 Mar 20 '12 at 15:56
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There is a program, called CallClerk, that does this (I wrote it). In short you simply need to turn on the reverse look up function and after that when a call comes in your browser will open with the url you define. For more information please see:

Of course you also need a modem that reports caller id (you can get these for about $10) and subscribe to a caller id service with your phone company.

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Very nice, thanks! – timbad2021 Jul 22 '13 at 20:11

If you have a serial-attached external voice modem, it's not overly difficult to do this under Linux. I do believe vgetty will listen to a tty (ttyS0, etc.) and do things when an incoming call is received. So you basically write a small script that is called by vgetty and have it pop open a browser. I'm sketchy on the details because it's been a long time since I've messed with it.

I believe the majority of 56k fax/voice/data modems can read Caller ID. As far as getting one, check your local mom-and-pop computer parts store for an old musty external modem in the back.

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You can try some scripting tools and utilities provided by windows specially the log parser

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