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Location sensitive voicemail greeting for mobile telephones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015033D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Aug-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a means for automatically selecting voicemail greetings based on the unavailable party's location. The location sensitive voicemail system preferably allows different greetings to be associated with different locations. Once set up, the voicemail system preferably picks which greeting to play automatically: the voicemail user's location could be determined by which cell a mobile phone handset in, or which physical extension they are signed onto in an office environment, for example. Various methods could be used to set up greetings for different locations, including DTMF touch-tone menus (listing recently or frequently visited locations defaulting to the current location), web or wap interfaces, etc. Each greeting could be associated with several locations, with a default greeting defined for everywhere else. 1