For our men and
women in uniform Ė both new and veteran Ė the cell phone and pager are
often far away, and regular telephones are few and far between. Mom,
Dad, Husband, Wife and kids have been replaced by Drill Instructor,
Master Chief. bunkmates and newbies. But home and family are never
far from their minds.
The Personal Office
level of Universal Office is the best way to keep in touch with loved
ones when far apart. Here are just a few of the features:
Number, in any of 3,000 communities across the US
Options to add as
many more Local Numbers as you want, across the US
for Voice Messaging, and Faxing
Connect your Voice
Messages and Faxes to your E-Mail
Financial Services through the GenieCard
Mark, Colonel US
ďMy job has me
hopping from post to post, inspecting equipment installations I canít
even talk about. Half the time, I canít tell my wife or kids where
Iím going to be, because itís classified. Seems like the other half,
itís because I donít blasted know!
ďBut with my
Personal Office number, Celia and the kids know they can always get a
message to me, no matter where I am. Last week, Scott, my eldest,
needed me to read over some college app papers, while I was deep in
the middle of Ė something. He just faxed them to my Personal Office
number, I checked Ďem out on one of the postís Internet-connected
systems, and emailed him back the info he needed.
"The kids all have their own Genie Numbers too. So I know that when Scott actually does go off to college, we'll be able to stay in touch. Not only that, but he has a GenieCard to go with the Genie Number. Either Celia or I can send him money when he needs it for books or tuition or other expenses. I carry one with me at all times. The home base is the most important thing, but you never know when I might need a new pair of skivvies after a field exercise.
ďI just hope the
General never figures HE can reach me that easy!Ē
Using it Ė In Depth:
Trevor is a Lance
Corporal in the Marine Corp. As a young married soldier, family and
friends are very dear to him. Lance Corporal Trevorís wife Adele and
four-year-old son Johnny are waiting for him back home and ďjust
hearing their voices makes me feel good. But itís hard to stay in
touch while Iím training Ė especially when Iím out in the field, or
moving from one assignment to the next.
ďA couple of months
back I heard about EasyTel where I could get my own Universal
Telephone Number back home in San Diego. Now my folks can leave me
messages, even when Iím out on an exercise. Whenever I can get to a
phone Ė even if itís the middle of the night Ė I just call in to my
Personal Office and listen to Adele, or Johnny or Dad. Sometimes I
leave the messages there, just so I can play them again later.
ďIf itís a good
time, I can use the Personal Office ĎGenieí to call home, just like
with a calling card. That way, I donít have to worry about having
change for the payphone Ė the slotís probably jammed anyway,Ē Lance
Corporal Trevor joked.
ďItís even easier
when Iím on shipboard, Ďcause most all of the ships have Internet
service that we can use. So even if I go to sea, I can just use the
net to go to Genie Online and listen to my messages.
"The Navy wants all the sailors to use Direct Deposit for payroll, and Genie solved that for me too. I had the Paymaster do the direct deposit to my GenieCard account, so I don't have to worry about anything getting lost. I could have done it to a regular bank account, but this was easier. Adele's got her own GenieCard, so we can just put the money wherever we need it. That way I know her and Johnnie wonít have a problem because I ended up with too much of the money this month. We just move it where we need it without all those high fees for things like Western Union.
ďMom doesnít like to
talk on the phone much, and sheíll never figure out email, so she
still writes me letters, like when I was a kid at camp. Adele just
faxes them to my same Personal Office number, and theyíre there the
next time I log on to the net. Mom still hasnít figured out how I
have a copy of Johnnyís latest drawing of the dog when itís still on
the fridge at home!
ďThe time away from
my family is rough, but we all knew that. EasyTel helps make it a
little easier while I'm serving my country." says Lance Corporal
ďI may be going
overseas soon. When that happens, Iíll be using the on-ship Internet
as much as I can. But even if I canít, my folks can still leave
messages, and I can have the Personal Office ĎGenieí call ME if
thereís a phone around. That way, I donít have to pay those humongous
foreign phone bills. And I can still use it to call home too!
"I'm glad I have my
Universal Telephone Number. EasyTel really helps me feel closer to
home, even if Iím halfway around the world!" says Lance Corporal