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Phonemail ICON Notification and Selection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106556D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

With the advent of telephone recording machines and PhoneMail systems, recording voice messages on a recorder is a common practice. Often times, a person receives several messages on his/her PhoneMail waiting. Some of these messages are of an important nature and require prompt attention, e.g., ones spouse in on her way to delivery room, and others may be of lesser severity, e.g., plan for Saturday night entertainment. Users must play back their entire PhoneMail, one by one, to find out who and whn a caller has called and the "importance level" of the calls. A mechanism is desired to provide users with an easy and user friendly PhoneMail notification and information.

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Phonemail ICON Notification and Selection

      With the advent of telephone recording machines and PhoneMail
systems, recording voice messages on a recorder is a common practice.
Often times, a person receives several messages on his/her PhoneMail
waiting.  Some of these messages are of an important nature and
require prompt attention, e.g., ones spouse in on her way to delivery
room, and others may be of lesser severity, e.g., plan for Saturday
night entertainment.  Users must play back their entire PhoneMail,
one by one, to find out who and whn a caller has called and the
"importance level" of the calls.  A mechanism is desired to provide
users with an easy and user friendly PhoneMail notification and
information.

      The mechanism described in this article entails an ICON that
becomes highlighted as a PhoneMail message comes in.  The color of
the highlighted ICON indicates the highest "importance level"
assigned to a message in the PhoneMail.  The color of the
highlighting is changed based on the conor assigned to the highest
"importance level" assigned to an incoming message.  Callers may
overwrite the importance/urgency of the "importance level" indicator
that is set for anyof the current messages stored in the PhoneMail.
The color assigned to each "importance level" is user customizable.
The "importance level" indicator of the PhoneMail messages is
controlled by the caller by pressing a button (or a combination of
buttons) on the telephone keypad. ...