Filter Telephone calls by user and/or time
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-15
Phone companies provide a method to view callers on a caller-id device and a method to block a particular caller but there is no way to block a group of callers or allow selected callers based on time. There is also no way to block everybody and then select callers that can be allowed to call. The main idea is to provide a new service for the phone that allows phone numbers to be blocked globally and then selectively allow selected callers to be able to successfully ring through and/or beep in on call-waiting enabled phones. The filter can also be configured based on time of day or day of week. Others that are blocked will either receive a pre-recorded message indicating that they are not authorized to call through, receive a busy signal, or be instantly routed to the answering phone service.