Integrated voice-mail based voice and information processing system

  • US 5,187,735 A
  • Filed: 05/01/1990
  • Issued: 02/16/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/01/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for economically providing telephone services to multiple users and for cooperating with a cable television network, said system including:

  • a telephone switch coupled to a telephone network, said telephone switch receiving and routing incoming telephone calls;

    voice mail means, coupled to said telephone switch, said voice mail means for automatically answering said incoming telephone calls, for selectively providing audio prompts to incoming calls connected thereto, and for selectively storing signals representing voice information received from said incoming telephone calls;

    at least one digital data storing means for storing digital data;

    voice conversion means, coupled to said telephone switch and to said digital storing means, for converting between stored digital data and audible telephone line voice signals;

    said telephone switch being preprogrammed to route incoming calls to said voice mail means and to route said incoming calls to said voice conversion means; and

    cable television network coupling means for coupling said system to said cable television network so as to permit signals to be passed between said system and said cable television network.

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