Service Access Code Patents (Class 379/207.11)
  • Patent number: 9478215
    Abstract: Architecture for playing back personal text-based messages such as email and voicemail over a vehicle-based media system. The user can use a cell phone that registers over a cellular network to an IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) to obtain an associated IP address. The personal messages are then converted into audio signals using a remote text-to-voice (TTV) converter and transmitted to the phone based on the IP address. The phone then transmits the audio signals to the vehicle media system for playback using an unlicensed wireless technology (e.g., Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.). Other alternative embodiments include transmitting converted message directly to the media system, via a satellite channel, converting the messages via a TTV converter on the cell phone, and streaming the converted messages to the phone and/or the media system for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Coulter C. Henry, Jr., Daryl Gazzard
  • Patent number: 9402170
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing informative incoming call alerts are provided herein. The method includes receiving an incoming call from a second device; transmitting, to the second device, a first message regarding the incoming call; receiving, from the second device, a second message responsive to the first message regarding the incoming call; receiving a selection of one of a plurality of options based on the received second message; and processing the selected option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Vonage Business Inc.
    Inventors: Natan Shaltiel, May Ben Arie
  • Patent number: 9119073
    Abstract: Mobile operation is extended to a device. An extension interface comprises a client component within a mobile that is linked to a client component within the device. Extension of mobile operation is secured via delivery of credentials associated with the mobile to the device. Delivery of credentials is temporary and typically spans the period during which mobile operation is extended to the device. Application(s) and content(s) can be conveyed to the device for utilization therein. An emulation component that can reside at least in part on the client component within the device can emulate mobile operation. Client component within the mobile can include at least in part (i) a component that downloads drivers for communication with, and utilization of, the device to which mobile operation is extended, and (ii) a component that can scan for wireless-capable devices to extend mobile service thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Judson Flynn, Erick John Haughn, John Lewis
  • Patent number: 9065910
    Abstract: A data processing system comprises call processing logic comprising a voice mail subsystem, or a call management subsystem configured to process voice-over-IP (VoIP) calls, or both a voice mail subsystem and a call management subsystem; service advertisement logic coupled to the call processing logic and operable to send one or more service advertisement messages by unicast to a remote peer data processing system that is also configured with compatible service advertisement logic, wherein the remote peer data processing system is located in a different LAN segment than the data processing system; and each service advertisement message comprises one or more network addresses associated with the call processing logic, and one or more data sets each comprising an identifier value, a first value that indicates that the identifier value is associated with a telephone extension, and a second value that indicates that the identifier value is associated with a voice mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Edric Tasker
  • Patent number: 8831199
    Abstract: During a telephone call between a telephone user and an interactive response system, the user is enabled to use only his voice and key presses on a numeric keypad of his telephone to interactively specify information that can be used to control delivery of content to a visual display of, or a storage medium accessible by, a target telephone which may be a land-line phone, a mobile phone, or some other device acting as a telecommunications device. The target telephone has a visual display or a memory to display or store the delivered content, which may include ringtones, text messages, games, wallpapers, ring-back tones, video clips, web pages, applications, or links to information. The user is enabled to engage in an interaction with the response system that is representative of an interaction between the user and a server connected to the Internet. On behalf of the user, a separate interaction is conducted with the server through the Internet based on the representative interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: ACK Ventures Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Harry B. Kargman, Joshua A. Strickon
  • Patent number: 8831198
    Abstract: The system and method store an address of a communication device (e.g., a telephone number). A system access code of a user and a user access code are also stored (e.g., in a profile). The user access code is associated with the system access code. The user access code is used to simplify access to a conference. A call request with the address is received from the communication device to join a conference. In response to receiving the call request to join the conference, a request for a conference access code is sent to the user. The conference access code is received from the user. In response to receiving the conference access code, the conference access code is compared with the user access code. In response to the conference access code and the user access code matching, the user is logged into the conference using the system access code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: Jinson Abraham
  • Patent number: 8718259
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring calls. A voice communication is received. The voice communication is placed on hold in response to receiving user input. Multiple phones are rung simultaneously in response to receiving the user input. The voice communication is connected to one of the multiple phones in response to a user answering the voice communication on one of the multiple phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: David Emerson, David E. Rondeau
  • Patent number: 8705720
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method and apparatus for authenticating an Internet Protocol (IP) phone and a user of the IP phone by determining whether the IP phone is an authorized device, and whenever the IP phone is authorized and a trigger condition occurs, determining whether the user of the IP phone is authorized. The user authorization process initiates a call to the IP phone, sends a request for a passcode to the IP phone, sends a message to disable the IP phone whenever the passcode is invalid, and terminates the call. The user authentication process uses an in-band channel and the IP phone does not run a two factor authentication client application during the authentication process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Srikrishna Kurapati, Guru-Prasad Thodime-Venkata, Satyam Tyagi
  • Publication number: 20130208879
    Abstract: A system for providing a wide range of telecommunications initiated data fulfillment services in which a multi-function code, such as “*#” (star, pound), input into an originating telecommunications device, such as a wireless telephone, triggers the treatment of the input sequence as a multi-function code service request rather than a dialed directory number. The multi-function code is followed by an input data string to complete the multi-function code service request, which the user typically enters into the telecommunications device just like a conventional telephone call, except that the input string begins with the multi-function code. The telecommunications system recognizes the multi-function code as a trigger, and in response takes one or more date fulfillment actions. For example, *# dialing strings may be used to implement abbreviated dialing (vanity codes) as well as telephone call prioritizing, filtering, screening and routing (one number services).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Starpound Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Rosenhaft, Barry Brager
  • Patent number: 8498392
    Abstract: A method for establishing a communication channel (17) between a predetermined number of selected devices (3;5). Each of the devices has its own identity. The establishing of the communication channel is done by a pairing via a server (1). Said devices have a pairing operational mode and a communication operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Andrew Jonathan Miles Wishart
  • Patent number: 8483374
    Abstract: An Internet Protocol (IP) phone transmits on a network, an IP packet comprising a dynamically-assigned IP address. A computer associated with the network uses the dynamically-assigned IP address in the packet to identify a specific site to which the IP phone belongs and/or a specific local area network (LAN) to which the IP phone is connected. Then, data to be used to provide telephony service to the phone is recorded in a memory. In some embodiments, the computer associates the IP phone with a dialing plan unique to the specific site, wherein the dialing plan includes an area code to be used by the IP phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Shoretel, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale C. Tonogai, Allan J. Naim, Scott Van Gundy
  • Patent number: 8478242
    Abstract: Systems and methods for an emergency ringing facility able to remotely override a silent mode of a wireless communication device are disclosed. The systems comprise profile-management applications residing on wireless devices and allowing one user of a wireless device to override a silent mode of a remote wireless device. The profile management application executed on the wireless device queries whether the silent mode of the remote wireless device can be overridden, and if so, communicates with a profile-management application executed on the remote device and overrides the silent mode of that device. In an alternative embodiment, a silent mode of a wireless device can be overridden by a profile management server. A profile-management application is executed on a profile-management server communicating with a profile-management application executed on a wireless device and requests the overriding of the silent mode of a remote wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: George Mathew, Kotaro Matsuo
  • Patent number: 8451997
    Abstract: Safe parking and retrieval of multimodal conversations is enabled through a park server generating a token and encoding it in an address identifier associated with a parking slot. A client application can display the address identifier with the token as a link in a text-based message or in conversation history items. The identifier encoded link may ensure that the intended call can be retrieved from a given parking slot without being confused with another parked call. If another call is parked at the same orbit, the encoded token does not match, and the park server may reject the retrieval attempt with an error message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Brian S. Stucker, Lokesh Srinivas Koppolu, Stephen H. Houchen
  • Patent number: 8428242
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring calls. A voice communication is received. The voice communication is placed on hold in response to receiving user input. Multiple phones are rung simultaneously in response to receiving the user input. The voice communication is connected to one of the multiple phones in response to a user answering the voice communication on one of the multiple phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: David Emerson, David E. Rondeau
  • Patent number: 8374166
    Abstract: A method that includes receiving a first call request from a second user to a first user, establishing a first dialog between a network element and the first user, establishing a second dialog between the network element and the second user, establishing a third dialog between the network element and a third user in response to a second call request from a third user, establishing a fourth dialog between the network element and the first user as a result of establishing the third dialog, waiting for a response from the first user in the fourth dialog and receiving one or more indications of actions from the first user to manage the disposition of the second call request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: David C Robbins
  • Patent number: 8270584
    Abstract: A phone having activation by password or control codes that are transmitted by an authorized caller for validation of an incoming call and for control of the phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Tierney Winston Smith
  • Patent number: 8249238
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a call forking dynamic key exchange system may include one or more of the following features: (a) a memory comprising, (i) a dynamic key exchange program that allows a caller to initiate a call having a security request to multiple subscribers and selecting at least one subscriber who answers the call, and (b) a processor coupled to the memory that executes the dynamic key exchange program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Mallikarjuna Samayamantry, Johannes Ruetschi, Dennis L. Kucmerowski, Holger Prange
  • Publication number: 20120115448
    Abstract: A system for providing a wide range of telecommunications initiated data fulfillment services in which a multi-function code, such as “#” (star, pound), input into an originating telecommunications device, such as a wireless telephone, triggers the treatment of the input sequence as a multi-function code service request rather than a dialed directory number. The multi-function code is followed by an input data string to complete the multi-function code service request, which the user typically enters into the telecommunications device just like a conventional telephone call, except that the input string begins with the multi-function code. The telecommunications system recognizes the multi-function code as a trigger, and in response takes one or more date fulfillment actions, such delivering a response message to the initiating telecommunications device containing one or more Internet links to webpages associated with the dialed input data string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew Rosenhaft, Barry Brager
  • Patent number: 8144858
    Abstract: Communication address identification information is obtained. A communication address number is collected from a customer at a telecommunications apparatus in response to a trigger being initiated at a switch and a connection being established between the switch and the telecommunications apparatus. Communication address identification information is obtained from a memory in response to collecting the communication address number from the customer. The communication address identification information is returned to the customer when communication address identification information corresponding to the communication address number is available at the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tana Marie Sweeney, Nancy Ann Book, Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Dianna Inara Tiliks
  • Patent number: 8116441
    Abstract: A system may include a locator device to track a location of a user, store information identifying locations of a group of telephone devices, and identify one telephone device of the group of telephone devices based on the location of the one telephone device and the location of the user in response to an incoming telephone call request for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: John-Francis Mergen
  • Patent number: 8112071
    Abstract: A mobile communications device for connecting to a conference call hosted by an audio conference service. After receiving a meeting invitation and storing information relating thereto, the mobile communications device dials a first sequence contained in a first link to connect to the audio conference service and, subsequent to dialing the first sequence, dials a second sequence contained in a second link associated with the first link to connect to the conference call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Manohar A. Joglekar
  • Patent number: 8014508
    Abstract: By manipulating parameters of call setup messages, calls made with a caller's access code in a caller preview service may be completed to the called party of voice mail box with caller identification information displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Wesley Moss, Robert Stroud, Rick Cherye
  • Publication number: 20110135080
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method for detecting fraudulent use of a moderator passcode in a conference calling system. The method sets a threshold number of moderator passcodes permitted in a conference call. The total number of moderator passcodes entered into the conference call is determined and compared to the threshold number with a processor. The conference call is allowed to continue if the threshold number exceeds the total number of moderator passcodes entered into the conference call. If, however, the total number of moderator passcodes exceeds the threshold number of moderator passcodes, the processor performs validation actions and/or alert actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Charles Steven Lingafelt, James William Murray, James Thomas Swantek
  • Publication number: 20110135081
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a method for detecting fraudulent use in a conference calling system. One or more access parameters are received, wherein the access parameters include an authorized day of week parameter, an authorized time of day parameter, and/or an authorized location parameter. One or more requests to access the conference calling system are received, wherein each request includes a user passcode and one or more request parameters. A processor determines whether the request parameters match the access parameters. Access to the conference calling system is granted when the request parameters match the access parameters; however, the processor performs actions when a request parameter does not match an access parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Charles Steven Lingafelt, James William Murray, James Thomas Swantek
  • Patent number: 7957513
    Abstract: A method provides a no-ring telephone call service. The method includes receiving notification that a telephone call from a calling party device requesting to use the no-ring telephone call service has arrived at a switch. The notification includes a called party telephone number. The method also includes determining if the called party telephone number corresponds to a voice mail platform telephone number in a region wide messaging database. When the called party telephone number corresponds to a voice mail platform telephone number, instructions to route the telephone call to the voice mail platform telephone number are communicated to the switch. When the called party telephone number does not correspond to a voice mail platform telephone number, instructions to play a pre-recorded no voice mailbox message are communicated to the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Bishop, Hong Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7945036
    Abstract: A phone is provisioned automatically when a user couples the phone to a network, with minimal (or preferably zero) involvement on part of an administrator to activate the phone. In several embodiments of the invention, when the user couples the phone to a network, a computer associated with the network automatically checks to see if the phone was previously provisioned. If not previously provisioned, the computer automatically records the existence of the phone in a memory of a telephone exchange that is to thereafter provide service to the phone. At this stage a phone number is not yet associated with the phone. In some embodiments, the just-described acts, namely checking and recording of existence are performed without any involvement on part of the administrator. The telephone exchange provides basic service to the new phone as soon as it detects existence of the phone (in its memory).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Shoretel, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale C. Tonogai, Allan J. Naim, Scott Van Gundy
  • Patent number: 7920688
    Abstract: A call processing system comprising an interface configured to receive a call request for a call from a caller to a service having a plurality of service variations and transmit a first control message, and a processing system configured to process the call request to select a first service variation of the plurality of service variations based on a first preference indicated by the caller prior to the call and generating the first control message identifying the first service variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Larry H. Piercy, Trey A. Hilyard
  • Patent number: 7899168
    Abstract: A method for controlling or monitoring a common PBX phone line from a plurality of personal computer endpoints with multiple instances of application of a SIP soft phone application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Amritansh Raghav, Ankur Chavda, Danny Levin, Nikhil P. Bobde
  • Patent number: 7894586
    Abstract: A platform provides access to multiple telecommunications services via a single telephone number. These services may include call routing options. In a first call routing option, calls are routed to each phone number in a sequence of phone numbers until a live answer of the call is realized. In a second routing option, the routing of the call is based upon a schedule. Thus, a current time, current day of the week or current date may determine what phone number is called when an incoming call is routed. Routing may also be associated with personal identification numbers (PINs). In such an instance, a caller enters a PIN to identify the caller and the PIN is used to determine what routing profile to apply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Karen A. Gross, Thomas Joseph Galvin, Rupika Chib
  • Patent number: 7894805
    Abstract: A mobile communications device (116) for connecting to a conference call hosted by an audio conference service (120). After receiving a meeting invitation and storing information relating thereto, the mobile communications device (116) dials a first sequence contained in a first link (604) to connect to the audio conference service (120) and, subsequent to dialing the first sequence, dials a second sequence contained in a second link (606) associated with the first link (604) to connect to the conference call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Manohar Joglekar
  • Publication number: 20100329441
    Abstract: A phone having activation by password or control codes that are transmitted by an authorized caller for validation of an incoming call and for control of the phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Tierney Winston Smith
  • Patent number: 7801289
    Abstract: Voice service over a next generation network is provided using Advanced Intelligent Network solutions. A voice over network communications signal is communicated from an analog communications device over a telecommunications network to a softswitch (SSW) complex that detects and decodes a directory communications address to identify an internal, secret line number (SLN) communications address and, if associated with an SLN, to activate a voice over network application trigger to enable voice communications over an Internet Protocol, data communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Maria Adamczyk, Sharolyn S. Farmer, Henry J. Kafka, Anita Hogans Simpson, John Paul Ruckart
  • Patent number: 7792266
    Abstract: A method and software application reduce the occurrence of misdirected calls to one or more select destinations The software application resides on a user's phone and “listens” to phone numbers dialed by a user to determine if the user has dialed a phone number for one of such select destinations. In response to the user dialing one of such phone numbers, the software application on the phone effectively “intercepts” the call and enables the phone to provide the user with a list of destination options prior to placing the call to the dialed phone number. In one embodiment, the list is provided in audio form by playing a voice prompt with the list, as well as in visual form by displaying the list in the user interface of the user's phone. The list helps disambiguate the intent of the user in dialing the phone number by asking the user to either (i) confirm he wants the destination associated with the phone number or (ii) select another option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Bevocal LLC
    Inventors: Sandeep M. Bhojwani, Jayadev Billa
  • Publication number: 20100091969
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes outputting a dial tone from a call block system. The dial tone indicates to a calling party that a call block feature is enabled for a party. The computer implemented method includes storing messages for the party when the call block feature is enabled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jennifer Lynne Joy, Markus Weber, Thomas Bradley Scholl
  • Patent number: 7657015
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling multiple services to be invoked in a specific precedence per call are disclosed. For example, the present method allows a subscriber to interact with a plurality of services provided by a service provider on a single call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: John C. Brown, Koan S. Chong, Robert Peters, Mark A. Ratcliffe, Harish Samarasinghe
  • Patent number: 7640031
    Abstract: Two-way interactive short message system with personalized messaging menus that provide WAP like services at less cost than CSD. Mobile Originated Interactive Menus are implemented as a feature of a Short Message Service Center (SMSC). Each option guides either to the next menu level, or to a final action to be executed according to the path followed by the subscriber. Importantly, the mobile originated interactive menus use SMS communications instead of circuit switched data (CSD) (e.g., instead of WAP communications), thus leaving traffic channels available for voice calls. Users may define the content and frequency they want. Replacement of messages in TDMA and GSM mobile devices allow for heavy usage without filling up the user's phone buffer, i.e., prior messages may be overwritten, to assure that only the latest information is all that is being displayed and read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Hronek, Erik Wallace, Phillip Geil, Tom McCormick, Walter Weichselbaumer, Orville Pike, Mark Titus
  • Publication number: 20090316875
    Abstract: A system and method for a caller to control a tune notification for a telephone call includes a service switching point and a service control point. The service switching point is operable to receive a tune notification service access code and a called directory number, and to issue a query in response to receiving the service access code. The service control point is operable to receive the query and issue a response including a tune notification signal to the service switching point. Upon receiving the response from the service control point, the service switching point processes the call so that the tune notification signal causes the tune notification to be applied to a called telephone line associated with the called directory number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. f/k/a BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Michael Silver, Linda Ann Roberts, Hong Thi Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7634255
    Abstract: A method for reporting an activation status of an feature service such as termination conversion or termination rejection to a subscriber comprising the steps of activating a certain feature service using a feature code, and reporting the activation status of the feature service if a mobile station requests a location registration or a call origination is capable of reporting the activation status of the feature service to the subscriber at the preferable time or periodically using the service control point (SCP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hong-Gi Ko, Seong-Ju Ahn, Sung-Ah Kim
  • Publication number: 20090304170
    Abstract: A calling party can by-pass voice mail menu structures and disturbing of a called party by directly dialing into the called party's voice mail. The calling party dials a special code, such as the digit 2, in conjunction with dialing the called party's telephone number. The telephone network detects the call as being a special call by detecting the special code. In response, the calling party is sent directly to the called party's voice mail without ever ringing the called party's access device and without requiring the calling party to make menu selections for routing the call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Sonny R. Bettis
  • Patent number: 7606561
    Abstract: Systems and methods for an emergency ringing facility able to remotely override a silent mode of a wireless communication device are disclosed. The systems comprise profile-management applications residing on wireless devices and allowing one user of a wireless device to override a silent mode of a remote wireless device. The profile management application executed on the wireless device queries whether the silent mode of the remote wireless device can be overridden, and if so, communicates with a profile-management application executed on the remote device and overrides the silent mode of that device. In an alternative embodiment, a silent mode of a wireless device can be overridden by a profile management server. A profile-management application is executed on a profile-management server communicating with a profile-management application executed on a wireless device and requests the overriding of the silent mode of a remote wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: George Mathew, Kotaro Matsuo
  • Patent number: 7567655
    Abstract: A system and method for providing easy access to messaging services in a telecommunications network having office switches that are used by different providers of telephone and messaging services. The system uses a supplementary services database to maintain customer records including whether the customer uses messaging services and whether the customer subscribes to a short dialing sequence service for access to the messaging services. The customer is connected to the central office switch, which analyzes the dialing sequences generated by the customer. When the customer attempts access to the messaging services, the customer dials a short dialing or message sequence, such as *XX. The central office switch triggers a query to the supplementary services database for a call forwarding number to the messaging service used by the customer when the selected short dialing sequence is recognized by the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property 1, L.P.
    Inventors: Tricia Ehlers Henry, Victor Piollet Mills, Jr., Margaret Jean Andrietsch, Diana Inara Tiliks, Rodney T Brand, Carlos H Donoso
  • Patent number: 7545739
    Abstract: A system and method for a hybrid dynamic communication routing device is disclosed. The HDCR device monitors the condition of communication paths in a TDM network and in a packet based network. The HDCR adjusts a communication route between a first device and a second device based on the condition of the communication paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 7532707
    Abstract: A call error prevention method comprises the steps of inputting a call number, checking whether the input number is a recognizable call service code, determining whether the input number contains the same number of digits as a recognized call service code, and generating an input error warning if the input number does not contain the same number of digits as the recognized call service code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Duck-Sung Kim
  • Publication number: 20090110170
    Abstract: The disclosed methods and systems can employ internet messaging protocols to transmit an alphanumeric message to one or more destination addresses in response to a telephone service customer's notification service request. The request can include a string having a feature code trigger and one or more digits. The destination address can be an electronic mail address, an instant messaging address, a pager number, and/or a telephone number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: Verizon Data Services LLC
    Inventor: James Edward Haley
  • Patent number: 7460658
    Abstract: Apparatus, and an associated method, for redirecting telephonic calls. Calls are directed to a user based upon the user's presence on a packet network. An indexer indexes together a forwarded call location together with dialing digits associated with a called location. When a calling party subsequently places a call to the called location, selected redirection of the call is effectuated pursuant to redirection procedures. A telephonic switch, through which the call placed by the calling party is routed, accesses the index formed by the indexer, located, for example, at a service control point. Responsive to the values contained in the index, the call is routed, to be delivered to the called party. In a work-from-home scenario, a TDM call placed to a worker's work location is redirected to a secondary location with the only effort required by the worker being his log on to the worker's corporate network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Ronald F. Watts, Kenneth Depaul, Andrea Afkhami, Mike Thomason, Gilman R. Steven
  • Patent number: 7388951
    Abstract: By manipulating parameters of call setup messages, calls made with a caller's access code in a caller preview service may be completed to the called party or voice mail box with caller identification information displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: SBC Properties, L.P.
    Inventors: John Wesley Moss, Robert Stroud, Rick Cherye
  • Publication number: 20080069329
    Abstract: A method of managing multiple codes for a telephone number includes associating plural codes with the telephone number. Each code has a user recognizable name. At least the names of the codes are displayed for user selection. A signal in accordance with the code that corresponds to a user selected one of the names is transmitted to a remote location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventor: Andreas Jonasson
  • Patent number: 7343008
    Abstract: Described in this paper are systems and methods of providing conferencing services where a conference participant is identified by the conferencing system when calling into the system. The system and methods focus on individual users instead of groups of participants. Instead of using a conference identity as the driver, embodiments herein invoke a user identity, and services are personalized for each user. The user has far fewer codes to juggle and all participants enjoy a quicker, richer, and more secure experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: David P. Frankel
  • Patent number: 7190776
    Abstract: A system and method in which a feature is selected for a busy terminal from a calling terminal. This results in a method with an improved selection of features that is specifically more user-friendly than other current methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Mihael Oman
  • Patent number: RE41221
    Abstract: System and method for providing a customer with the ability to obtain temporary advanced telecommunication services in the Advanced Intelligent Network (AIN) for the customer's calling line by dialing a call to special access code, without the intervention of a service representative. The call is recognized as a request for an initiation of a temporary advanced telecommunication service with respect to the customer's calling line. On the basis of the recognition, an association may be retained between the calling line number and the service switching point serving the calling line number. This retained association may be used later in the activation of the temporary advanced telecommunication service for the calling line number. The call is routed to a rental service interface through which rental information from the caller may be collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Dale W. Malik