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Passive Electronic Telephone Profile Reinitiator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105017D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 79K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Warren III, WE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Current telephone services provide a variety of means for telephone calls to be rerouted and forwarded. These methods allow a user to call a remote station and have the call forwarded to another location where the recipient has transferred his/her calls. Such methods work under the auspice that the caller dials a "remote" number and only after connection of the call, is the call forwarded. Prior methods allow these forwarding mechanisms to be located in local or remote locations. This allows the forwarding mechanism to be at the caller's location or at the recipient's location or at some intermediated point between the locations. These methods provide an expost post facto approach to forwarding calls. Call forwarding occurs after the caller has been connected to an inappropriate number.

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Passive Electronic Telephone Profile Reinitiator

      Current telephone services provide a variety of means for
telephone calls to be rerouted and forwarded.  These methods allow a
user to call a remote station and have the call forwarded to another
location where the recipient has transferred his/her calls.  Such
methods work under the auspice that the caller dials a "remote"
number and only after connection of the call, is the call forwarded.
Prior methods allow these forwarding mechanisms to be located in
local or remote locations.  This allows the forwarding mechanism to
be at the caller's location or at the recipient's location or at some
intermediated point between the locations.  These methods provide an
expost post facto approach to forwarding calls.  Call forwarding
occurs after the caller has been connected to an inappropriate
number.  Users desire methods by which the telephone number dialed,
automatically dials a new associated number to the telephone device
prior to connections.  This association method would allow potential
recipients to notify callers as to whether the recipient's number
should be dialed.  Users need to make the correct connection during
the dialing process.  Since switching mechanisms are often in remote
locations, callers are charged for the long distance call, though the
forwarding mechanism redirects the call to a local site.

      Described is a mechanism which allows forwarding users to send
electronic identifiers to a Telephone Profile Service (TPS).  This
method involves using an electronic distribution system to distribute
telephone information that automatically updates a users TPS.  The
TPS allows a table to be maintained associating a user dial number to
a service dial number.  The user dial numbers are numbers that the
user manually calls or has some services dial on their behalf.  For
example, Sally would have Fred's number defined as a user dial
number.  The service dial number would contain the number that should
be dialed when a user number is initiated.  Note: The call is NOT
redirected as in prior methods, instead a user wishing to forward a
call, initiates an electronic communique that associates a...