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Method for Voice Mail Destination by Time Constraint

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106153D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a service for leaving phone messages on target answer systems whereby the message may be auto-forwarded to a different destination according to specified time constraints. The user may select an auto-forward option which allows the user to specify one or more time constraints, including a date/time stamp or length of time from the time of creating the message, along with an associated destination.

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Method for Voice Mail Destination by Time Constraint

      Provided is a service for leaving phone messages on target
answer systems whereby the message may be auto-forwarded to a
different destination according to specified time constraints.  The
user may select an auto-forward option which allows the user to
specify one or more time constraints, including a date/time stamp or
length of time from the time of creating the message, along with an
associated destination.

      In the preferred embodiment, the user is able to specify time
criteria for which a message may be forwarded (optionally copied or
moved) to another phone number.  The user specifies the target phone
number with time criteria.  Should the recipient of the message not
listen to the message by the time of the first occurrence of any time
criteria, then the message is forwarded to the associated phone
number by having a text to speech process annotate the message to the
next phone answer system.  Alternate embodiments will annotate the
message to a live person who answers the phone and provide an option
to the callee to replay the message as many times as necessary to
hear it.  Alternate embodiments will simply move a pointer to the
message from one user's system to another user's system thereby
moving the message appropriately.

      Further provided is capability for the user to specify
destinations (also with preferred formats) as electronic mail
addresses, fax devices, etc.  This perm...