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Method for Grouping Messages from Same Caller

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111535D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes automatically indicating to a user listening to a phone message, when other messages are pending from the same caller, that more than one message exists from the caller. Based on the source address of the call, an indication may be provided to the user. The preferred embodiment indicates this situation at the beginning of a current message to be listened to. A system-generated message is annotated to the user for indicating there are other messages, and how many, from the same caller. The user then has the option to proceed with listening to the current message, as is customary in prior art, or to listen to the messages from the same caller as a group of contiguous messages.

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Method for Grouping Messages from Same Caller

      This article describes automatically indicating to a user
listening to a phone message, when other messages are pending from
the same caller, that more than one message exists from the caller.
Based on the source address of the call, an indication may be
provided to the user.  The preferred embodiment indicates this
situation at the beginning of a current message to be listened to.  A
system-generated message is annotated to the user for indicating
there are other messages, and how many, from the same caller.  The
user then has the option to proceed with listening to the current
message, as is customary in prior art, or to listen to the messages
from the same caller as a group of contiguous messages.  If the user
selects to listen to the messages as a group, then the user has the
option to listen to the current message from the caller, proceed to
the next message from the same caller, or proceed directly to any of
the messages from the same caller by entering the relative position
number (with keypad or voice) of the message as a handle.  When any
or all messages have been listened to satisfactorily, the user may
issue a single remove or store function to handle the group of
messages as a single entity.  Storing will concatenate the messages
together.  Removing will delete all messages from the same caller.
Of course, individual messages may be handled separately as well.

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