Intelligent pager for remotely managing E-Mail messages

  • US 5,978,837 A
  • Filed: 09/27/1996
  • Issued: 11/02/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/27/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A communications device for transmitting a selection value to an E-Mail server buffering an E-mail message received from an E-Mail network, to forward the E-Mail message to a selected forwarding destination, comprising:

  • a paging system coupled directly to the E-Mail server;

    a personal computer that includes a wireless pager card coupled to the paging system via a radio link;

    a data storage within said personal computer for storing a pre-selected default forwarding destination and a plurality of sender records, each record being for an E-Mail sender and including the E-Mail sender'"'"'s identity, a priority word list of words, an alarm value that is either on or off, and a list of forwarding destinations, which includes a first forwarding destination, for an E-Mail message from the E-Mail server;

    said wireless pager card receiving an alert signal from said paging system over said radio link, the alert signal including a received identity of a sender and a title and message summary including words;

    a processor within said personal computer coupled to the storage and to the wireless pager card, for comparing the received identity of the sender with the sender identities in the plurality of sender records and comparing the words in the title and message summary with the words in the priority word list;

    if there is no match between the words in the title and message summary and the words in the priority word list, said processor outputting said pre-selected default forwarding destination as said selected forwarding destination for the E-Mail message;

    if there is a match between the words in the title and message summary and the words in the priority word list, and if said alarm value is off, said processor outputting said first forwarding destination in a sender record having a sender identity that matches the received sender identity as said selected forwarding destination for the E-Mail message;

    if there is a match between the words in the title and message summary and the words in the priority word list, and if said alarm value is on, said processor outputting said list of forwarding destinations in a sender record having a sender identity that matches the received sender identity;

    a display on said personal computer displaying said list of forwarding destinations;

    a key on said personal computer whereby one of said list of forwarding destinations can be selected by depressing said key;

    said wireless pager card sending a selection signal to said paging system over said radio link, wherein said selection signal includes a selection value that indicates said selected forwarding destination for the E-Mail message; and

    wherein said selection value is transferred to said E-Mail server.

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