Method and apparatus for transmission and retrieval of facsimile and audio messages over a circuit or packet switched network

  • US 6,208,638 B1
  • Filed: 04/01/1997
  • Issued: 03/27/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/01/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system comprising:

  • a set of switches coupled to a circuit switched network for receiving a set of incoming call signals, wherein the incoming call signal includes an inbound address, and wherein a switch in the set of switches redirects an incoming can signal from a first communications server to a second communications server if a first condition occurs; and

    , a set of communications servers coupled to the set of switches for receiving the set of incoming call signals, each communications server being coupled to a network and containing a message processing resource configured to process a received audio message into a digital representation, wherein each communications server further comprises a trunk line interface to extract the inbound address and stores the inbound address, a set of final destination addresses and account status, and the message processing resource is further configured to determine, based on the inbound address, a user account and a destination on a packet switched network and send the digital representation to the destination, wherein the inbound address is assigned to the user account and the outbound address comprises at least one email address.

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