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Business Method for Reduced Cost Messaging

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015123D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention is a method by which a long distance company offers a service where if the user presses the key while the phone is ringing it will abort the call and ask the user if he would like to leave a message. The caller then leaves the message with his local telephone provider and the packets for this message are later propagated through the network at a much lower priority than normal voice packets to the area where the call was directed. At this point the message is reassembled and if the user has a messaging service it is delivered to it. If the called person has no messaging service the number will once again be rung and the message delivered to the user or his answering machine.

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Business Method for Reduced Cost Messaging

This invention is a method by which a long distance company offers a service where if the user presses the * key while the phone is ringing it will abort the call and ask the user if he would like to leave a message. The caller then leaves the message with his local telephone provider and the packets for this message are later propagated through the network at a much lower priority than normal voice packets to the area where the call was directed. At this point the message is reassembled and if the user has a messaging service it is delivered to it. If the called person has no messaging service the number will once again be rung and the message delivered to the user or his answering machine.

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