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Telephone Message Reply-By Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110918D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Current mail systems provide a multiplicity of means for conveying and automating Reply-by fields for electronic distributions. Often within an office environment users utilize telephone answering services rather than mail services to convey information. Users often desire that callees respond within a designated time period to telephone messages. Prior art does not directly provide a means by which a user can designate a Reply-by time for a telephone message. More specifically, prior art does not provide mechanisms by which recipients can be alerted of pending reply-by times for telephone messages.

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Telephone Message Reply-By Mechanism

      Current mail systems provide a multiplicity of means for
conveying and automating Reply-by fields for electronic
distributions.  Often within an office environment users utilize
telephone answering services rather than mail services to convey
information.  Users often desire that callees respond within a
designated time period to telephone messages.  Prior art does not
directly provide a means by which a user can designate a Reply-by
time for a telephone message.  More specifically, prior art does not
provide mechanisms by which recipients can be alerted of pending
reply-by times for telephone messages.

      This article describes a method and apparatus by which a
telephone caller can assign a reply-by date for specified telephone
messages.  More specifically, it provides a method by which a
recipient can be alerted of pending telephone messages based on the
reply-date.

The essential elements include the following components:

o   An Audio Navigation mechanism allows callers to designate a
    reply-date while leaving a phone message.  The user via Dual Tone

o   Modulation Frequencies, or optionally a Speech-To-Text converter
    can designate the reply-date time.

o   An Audio Reception Service alerts users of pending messages.  By
    means of Registration service the user can have pending telephone
    reply-dates automatically posted to his/her calendar.

The benefits of such a method include the...