Original Publication Date: 2003-Mar-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Mar-25
The proposed system adds functionality to mobile phones to expedite the leaving of voice mail and also allows one to leave voice mail while on the line with the person you are leaving voice mail for.
Disclosed is a system designed to make the leaving of voice mail a faster process. Trying to reach someone's voice mail on a mobile phone can be a tedious process. Many times, it takes a number of rings before the person's voice mail can be reached; in some cases the person whose voice mail you are trying to leave a voice message picks up the phone not knowing that you were trying to leave a message. This can be very annoying, especially when one is in a hurry to leave a message. The proposed system adds functionality to mobile phones to expedite the leaving of voice mail and also allows one to leave voice mail while on the line with the person you are leaving voice mail for.
The idea is to have cell phone service providers allow callers to specify that they want to go directly into the voice mail of a cell phone call receiver. This functionality can easily be provided by users of the same mobile phone network in that users can simply specify an option before calling that the network understands. When one receives such a forced voice mail, the mobile phone service provider can simply state to the person retrieving the message that the message was "forced" so they know the caller intentionally went straight into voice mail.
The trickier setup involves callers who are not part of the mobile phone network that want to "force" going into voice mail. In this case, the caller should be able to dial a previously set number sequence (e.g., * followed by 43) immediately after dialing...