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User/Answering Machine Interface for Handling Incoming Telephone Call

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061669D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hertel, HF: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described which provides an answering machine application on a Personal Computer (PC) to detect an incoming telephone call; the user is presented a set of comprehensive options as to how the call should be handled. When the answering machine detects an incoming telephone call, a window (the 'Incoming Call Menu') is displayed on the PC display. The user can select 'ignore' by pressing a specified function key. The call is not answered, and any application-controlled telephone ringing or PC speaker buzzing is suppressed. This is appropriate when critical PC activity would be interrupted by call processing. The user can select 'manual answer' by simply picking up a connected (through the audio card) telephone handset.

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User/Answering Machine Interface for Handling Incoming Telephone Call

A method is described which provides an answering machine application on a Personal Computer (PC) to detect an incoming telephone call; the user is presented a set of comprehensive options as to how the call should be handled. When the answering machine detects an incoming telephone call, a window (the 'Incoming Call Menu') is displayed on the PC display. The user can select 'ignore' by pressing a specified function key. The call is not answered, and any application-controlled telephone ringing or PC speaker buzzing is suppressed. This is appropriate when critical PC activity would be interrupted by call processing. The user can select 'manual answer' by simply picking up a connected (through the audio card) telephone handset. The application detects the handset 'off-hook' condition and passes control of the call to the user (i.e., an ordinary telephone call). If a 'Y-connected' handset exists on the line, the user must pick it up and press a specified function key which informs the application that 'manual answer' is desired; as before, control of the call is given to the user. If no user choice is made (as with an unattended PC), the answering machine automatically answers the call after a previously specified number of ring-ins is detected. Whenever the application is in the 'auto answer' mode, the user can monitor the call by picking up the attached handset or a Y-connected handset. Control...