FonePal is a system developed to improve the experience of accessing call centers or helpdesks.
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Known as "touchtone hell", voice menu navigation has long been
recognized as a frustrating user experience due to the nature of voice
presentation. In contrast, FonePal allows a user to scan and select from
a visual menu at the user's own pace, typically much faster than waiting
for the voice menus to be spoken. FonePal uses the Internet infrastructure,
specifically Instant Messaging, to deliver a visual menu on a nearby computer
screen simultaneously with the voice menu over the phone.
Our study shows that FonePal enables easier navigation of IVR phone tree,
higher navigation speed, less routing error and greater satisfaction. FonePal
can also seemlessly bridge the caller to searchable web knowledgebase,
promoting relevant self-help, reducing call center operation cost.