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ANSWERING MACHINE WITH AUTOMATIC OBTAINMENT AND USAGE OF CALLER ID

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008264D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

John Gilbert: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Some high-tier answering machines will notify a user that a message is waiting on the answering machine by the use of a digital or alphanumeric pager. This is currently a feature of some of the Motorola "Diane" digital answering machine products, The message forwarded in this instance is user definable at, initial device setup, but is then static. A typical message would be "555-1234." This would tell you that a message is waiting at your home telephone. This message would be sent each time a message is recorded by an incoming caller.

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m M-LA Technical Developments

ANSWERING MACHINE WITH AUTOMATIC OBTAINMENT

AND USAGE OF CALLER ID

by John Gilbert and Stephen Gilbert

BACKGROUND

  Some high-tier answering machines will notify a user that a message is waiting on the answering machine by the use of a digital or alphanumeric pager. This is currently a feature of some of the Motorola "Diane" digital answering machine products, The message forwarded in this instance is user definable at, initial device setup, but is then static. A typical message would be "555-1234." This would tell you that a message is waiting at your home telephone. This message would be sent each time a message is recorded by an incoming caller.

PROBLEM

  It is desirable to obtain and forward to the user any additional information that may be present with a call to the answering machine. Use of this infor- mation will aid the answering machine user in determining the priority with which the return call should be made.

SOLUTION

  Caller ID service is available on many analog residential and business telephone lines. A similar type of service is available on ISDN telephone lines.

  When a call is received by the answering machine, additional call information available from either of these services can be presented to the user

via a numeric or alphanumeric paging system. Information obtained can include the telephone number of the caller, the date and time the call was received, out-of-area or private call status and optionally caller name....