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Advanced Answering Machine Features Based on Caller ID Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014253D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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This invention uses caller ID to determine if an incoming call is local or not and gives the call more rings before answering if it is a long distance call. To enable this the user inputs the local area code into the answering machine. The user can then enter the number of rings to wait before answering local calls and then the number of rings for answering long distance and "no information" calls. When an incoming call is detected, the answering machine checks the caller ID information to see if the area code matches the local area code, if so it answers in the "local" number of rings, else it waits the number of rings for long distance numbers. The invention also keeps a list of prefixes within an area code that may be long distance and allows multiple area codes to be considered local. 1