(The previous article was taken from a prototype pic and featurette in Megadrive BEEP. It described the unit as being an answering machine, however with the addition of information to the SEGA site about Mega anser, it turns out to be a banking machine of sorts.)
Fromt he Sega Site:
* Price: 34,000 Yen [ basic set ](Mega drive + Mega modem ten-key pad + Mega answer cartridge)
72,800 Yen [ basic set + printer ]
With a home phone line this unit can check balances, make transfers, get loan information and other bank financial functions.
You can print out financial data on the printer.
I suppose in the age before ATM machines, this seems like sex in a box to someone of wealth. I really can't see them selling too many of these.
I'll see if I can get my hands on one, it's sure an oddball machine.