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Method for Preventing Annoying Telephone Rings during Uninterruptable Times

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112060D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a telephone function which allows a user to instantly transfer a call, currently ringing a telephone, to a connected answer service.

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Method for Preventing Annoying Telephone Rings during Uninterruptable
Times

      Provided is a telephone function which allows a user to
instantly transfer a call, currently ringing a telephone, to a
connected answer service.

      Sometimes a user receives a phone call during a time when the
user cannot or will not answer the phone.  During these times, the
ringing phone is a nuisance.  A method is needed for allowing a user
to transfer a phone call directly to an answer service, thereby
eliminating annoying rings.

      A well known Dial Tone Modulation Frequency (DTMF) sequence or
computer interface user input may be used to instantly transfer a
current call to phonemail, an answer service, or ring without
sounding the external ringer so the caller believes nobody is present
to answer the phone.  In all embodiment cases, the callee is relieved
from hearing continuing telephone rings from a call the callee has no
intention of answering.  This function prevents a user from managing
a global do not disturb sequence (or forward to phonemail).  The user
is able to answer the phone when it is convenient while not being
forced to interface to the phone system for do not disturb
activate/deactivate.  A user may also forget to activate a do not
disturb type of function.  When the phone rings, the user simply
forces the call to the appropriate mode with a command.