Internet controlled telephone system

  • US 6,445,694 B1
  • Filed: 03/02/1998
  • Issued: 09/03/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/07/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. The method of processing telephone calls on behalf of a subscriber which comprises, in combination, the steps of:

  • connecting a web browser accessible to said subscriber to the Internet, connecting a web server to the Internet at a location remote from said web browser, employing said web browser to submit preference data to said web server via the Internet, said preference data defining the manner in which said subscriber desires to have telephone calls processed, storing said preference data as submitted in a database, employing call processing apparatus coupled to said database and to the public switched telephone network for receiving incoming telephone calls directed to said subscriber from said public switched telephone network, employing said call processing apparatus to forward said incoming telephone calls to one or more telephone numbers designated by said preference data via said public switched telephone network, and selectively recording voice mail messages from persons originating said incoming telephone calls in a manner specified by said preference data.

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