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Method of Continually Monitoring Status of New Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105210D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weber, OW: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This system provides a method by which a phone user with the appropriate phone connection, can continually monitor the status of all new phone messages. This is accomplished by displaying the time of the oldest (new) message, and the time of the newest (new) message on the status panel of the phone. In addition, the time that the messages were last checked may also be displayed.

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Method of Continually Monitoring Status of New Messages

      This system provides a method by which a phone user with the
appropriate phone connection, can continually monitor the status of
all new phone messages.  This is accomplished by displaying the time
of the oldest (new) message, and the time of the newest (new) message
on the status panel of the phone.  In addition, the time that the
messages were last checked may also be displayed.

      For example, between meetings, at 3:30 P.M., a user hurries
back to his office and realizes he has received some new incoming
phone messages on his answering machine.  With this system, he simply
glances at the status panel on the phone, and sees the following
information:

  Newest Message:  2:45 AM, 1/18/93
  Oldest Message:  9:05 AM, 1/18/93
  Last Checked:    8:35 AM, 1/18/93

Now the user can make an intelligent decision as to how urgently he
needs to return his calls.  Perhaps he feels like he must at least
return the 9:05 call, since his automated message says that he will
return all calls within 8 hours.  Or, perhaps he feels like his next
appointment is more important than returning his calls right now,
since his automated message says that he will return all calls within
one business day.  Substituted elements for this system include:

    Oldest message time, newest message time, and last message
perusal time may be displayed on a consumer answering machine or
a computer display connected to the p...