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sending a text message to a voice telephone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015831D
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

There are many occasions where you would like to send someone a text message, but that person does not have the means to receive a text message. The message could be sent from the SMS service of a mobile phone, or a two-way pager which permits the sending of messages. From the sender's point of view, they might be in a meeting and hence unable to phone the recipient, or for some reason unable to spend the time locating the recipient on a list of possible phone numbers (e.g. home, work, mobile, etc). From the recipient's point of view, they might not have a cellphone or pager, and hence would be unable to receive a text message.

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sending a text message to a voice telephone

There are many occasions where you would like to send someone a text message, but that person does not have the means to receive a text message. The message could be sent from the SMS service of a mobile phone, or a two-way pager which permits the sending of messages. From the sender's point of view, they might be in a meeting and hence unable to phone the recipient, or for some reason unable to spend the time locating the recipient on a list of possible phone numbers (e.g. home, work, mobile, etc). From the recipient's point of view, they might not have a cellphone or pager, and hence would be unable to receive a text message.

     This invention provides a solution to that problem by offering a text to speech gateway with phone interface capability, and logic for locating a recipient from a "hunt list" of numbers.

     The service operates as a gateway between a text sending system (e.g. email, SMS or two-way pager) and a computer controlled telephony system capable of placing outgoing phone calls. The sender creates a text message which has the name of the recipient as a separate field (e.g. the subject line), for example "Jane", then types the message they wish to send, e.g. "I will be home at 8pm, from John". Then the sender transmits the message to a special recipient address. This would take the form of another user of the messaging service, so might be a mobile phone number in the case of SMS, or a destination pager ID, or another email address. The recipient, however, is not a person, but the gateway service that we are describing here. The gateway service receives the message, and from the sender identification (mobile number, pager ID, email addr...