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Method for Dialing Automated Rolodex Topic Entry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111036D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is an automated method for calling rolodex entries which are filed by topic.

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Method for Dialing Automated Rolodex Topic Entry

      Provided is an automated method for calling rolodex entries
which are filed by topic.

      A user is able to define a list of telephone numbers with names
and other information, in a priority calling order, under a title
which is automatically filed appropriately in an auto-dial
application such as a rolodex.  For example, WIZARD would be filed
under W.  People associated with WIZARD would be listed under the
heading WIZARD.  Upon highlight of a rolodex entry which is
identified as a topic, either by case or a mark, the phone is dialed
for the first person in the list under the topic heading.  If there
is no answer (i.e., busy, answer message, no answer), then the next
person in the list is tried.  If an answer machine answers the phone,
then a prerecorded message such as "Please call John Doe as soon as
possible at 522-1234" is left on the answering service before the
next person is tried.  Embodiments cognizant of interrupting outgoing
messages (e.g., ROLM phone keypad 1), to reduce time for leaving a
message, perform interruption in the interest of time.  As soon as a
live person answers the phone, the calling retry logic is tentative
until the user intervenes.  A live call produces a prompt for the
user which allows the user to continue to the next number after the
current call or abort the automated calling of the list.  The user
would abort the automated list calling when sought information is
obtained.  Should the last person in the list be called with no
success, the process returns to the top of the list and the procedure
continues.

      This disclosure provides detection of a retry of the same
number.  If the next number to try is a retry and a message was
already left, then it proceeds to the next number in the list.
Numbers which were previously tried and were busy or had no answer
are valid retry candidates each next iteration of the list, should
this case occur.

      Additionally provided is a...