Dial out messages
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
This invention allows for a message to be played while a user is waiting for a called party to pick up a ringing phone. In a first embodiment, this invention is a telephone feature that allows a caller to transfer a message from their phone to another party's phone during a conversation such that the next time the other party dials the number of this caller, they will be given a brief message either before the call is sent through or while the phone is ringing. Today, there are many technologies available that allow for the transfer of additional information while a conversation is progressing. This invention allows a user to use this technology to leave a brief message on a person's phone such that when they dial the number of the party who left the message on their phone, the message will be played either right before the call is made or as the phone is connecting and ringing. While the message is being delivered, the user can still hear the rings in the background. Once the message ends the volume of the rings will be restored to normal. If the phone is answered before the message completes, the message will be terminated.