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Remote Messaging Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105116D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Burrows, TL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Needless time is wasted having to wait for time to pass in order to make a phone call. This is only compounded by having to call many people in a typical business day.

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Remote Messaging Service

      Needless time is wasted having to wait for time to pass in
order to make a phone call.  This is only compounded by having to
call many people in a typical business day.

      Disclosed is an innovative implementation of remotely
delivering voice mail to recipients at specific times, through the
use of the workstation and a telephone.

      When a phone call needs to be made to another party, as a
reminder for some pending activity, the current method is to wait
until the time occurs, then manually dial the phone number and state
the message.  This may not be an efficient use of time if other tasks
need attention prior to the time in which the phone call is to be
made.  Electronic mail is an alternative to the telephone, but
waiting is still involved, and a note delivered by electronic mail is
much less personal than a phone call.

      This invention disclosure provides a mechanism whereby a user
can record a voice message (VM) on the workstation, along with a text
record which contains specifics of when and where the voice message
is to be delivered.  Sample voice records follow:

              DATE     TIME    RECIPIENTS     VOICE MESSAGE
              ----     -----   ----------     -------------
             09/19/92  08:30   962-4507       INTERVEW.VM
             09/19/92  11:30   DEPTACN        LUNCH.VM

The "RECIPIENTS" section of the text record can be either a single
recipient with a phone number, or a distribution list which contains
any number of recipients and their repective phone numbers.  With
this inv...