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Method for Automatically Leaving Messages on Answer Machines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105488D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a mechanism for allowing a user to define one or more outgoing messages which may automatically be left on a person's answer machine or answering phone mail system.

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Method for Automatically Leaving Messages on Answer Machines

      Provided is a mechanism for allowing a user to define one or
more outgoing messages which may automatically be left on a person's
answer machine or answering phone mail system.

      Often, callers receive answer messages as prompts in order to
leave a phone message.  The message typically iterates something like
"please call me back as soon as possible".  The caller must sometimes
wait for completion of the message.  The caller must spend time
leaving the phone message.  A method is needed which reduces time
spent on a telephone by a caller.

      This article allows a user to define one or more outgoing
messages which may automatically be left on a person's answer machine
or answering phone mail system.  Each message is assigned a numeric
keypad handle for quick message recall.  When the caller receives an
answer message, an appropriate telephone keypad entry is pressed by
the caller to enter a mode for auto-leave-message.  The user (caller)
then selects, with the keypad, a numeric handle associated with the
desired outgoing message.  Instantly, the user may hang up the phone.
Subsequent processing is managed after the caller has ended the call.
The line used for the call remains live, despite hanging up the
phone, and the message is automatically left without utilizing the
caller's time.  Embodiments which support allowing a caller to
interrupt outgoing messages (e.g. keypad 1 in RO...