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Method for Automatically Placing Self-Initiated Phone Calls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110984D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Users would sometimes find it advantageous to have a meeting interrupted with a phone call, perhaps one that supposedly causes that user to terminate the meeting by a specific time, or that causes this user to be unexpectedly (supposedly) called out of the meeting. A method is needed for automatically placing a phone call at a predetermined time to a phone where a specific user is known to be.

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Method for Automatically Placing Self-Initiated Phone Calls

      Users would sometimes find it advantageous to have a meeting
interrupted with a phone call, perhaps one that supposedly causes
that user to terminate the meeting by a specific time, or that causes
this user to be unexpectedly (supposedly) called out of the meeting.
A method is needed for automatically placing a phone call at a
predetermined time to a phone where a specific user is known to be.

      This system provides a phone user with the ability to have a
phone call automatically placed at a predetermined time to a phone
where a specified user is scheduled to be.  In preparation, the user
pre-records a phone message or a system-annotated message, and he/she
specifies the time the call is to be placed.  He/she can either
specify the phone number to call, or the system will generate the
number to call by checking the user's calendar and determining where
the user is scheduled to be at the specified time.  When the
specified time occurs, the call is placed and the pre-recorded
message is played as soon as the phone is answered and the first
pause ensues.

      For example, a user is going to a meeting from 3:00 PM to 4:00
PM in 32A, but these meetings usually run longer than scheduled, and
he must leave promptly at 4:00 PM.  Rather than to appear as though
there is a poor excuse for leaving the meeting at 4:00, he
pre-records a message, "Please have Bob Smith report to room 64A
immediately....