Guestroom telephone having single action message retrieval

  • US 6,556,663 B2
  • Filed: 10/15/2001
  • Issued: 04/29/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/16/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A telephone system configured to be operatively coupled to a private automatic branch exchange (PABX) system and to a voice mail system, the telephone system permitting a user to retrieve recorded voice messages from the voice mail system, the telephone system comprising:

  • a telephone;

    the telephone having;

    a handset;

    a message waiting indicator configured to inform the user that the voice message is pending with the voice mail system;

    a message retrieval key for retrieving the voice message from the voice mail system; and

    an audio speaker selected from the group consisting of a loud speaker, piezo-electric element, electrostatic element, tweeter, woofer, horn speaker and moving coil speaker, said audio speaker configured to provide the user with audio output corresponding to the voice message; and

    wherein a single action by the user of activating the message retrieval key causes the voice message to be retrieved and the audio speaker to be automatically activated such that the voice message is output on the audio speaker without the user lifting the handset.

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