Creates communication channel between basic (non web-enabled) phone and Instant Messaging system initiated from the phone device.
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jan-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Disclosed is a system and method for inititiating and maintaining a voice connection to Instant Messaging users from any basic phone device. Over the last few years there has been a proliferation of wireless communication devices that permit connection to the Internet from virtually anywhere. Pagers, WAP-enabled phones, PDA's and various hybrid combinations of these devices make it possible to read your e-mail, chat with IM users or browse the Internet from anywhere, provided you have one of these (usually text enabled) devices. However, a large market niche which currently seems to be underserved is the connection between the ubiquitous old fashioned, land-line, voice only telephone and Instant Messaging communities. Even thought telephones are commonly used for a variety of voice enabled applications typically querying bank accounts, airline schedules, ticket availability and the like, they have not been used to connect to Instant Messaging communities. The invention is a system that would permit the use of any existing telephone to initiate a connection to and maintain a communication channel with Instant Messaging users. The invention uses commonly available industry components assembled as described below: