System and method for converting electronic mail text to audio for telephonic delivery

  • US 6,621,892 B1
  • Filed: 07/14/2000
  • Issued: 09/16/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/14/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of converting text from an electronic message to audio for delivery via telephone, comprising:

  • receiving an electronic message containing text;

    retrieving a telephone number associated with an addressee of said electronic message;

    applying a set of rules to determine the validity of said telephone number;

    wherein said applying step parses said telephone number to ensure that said telephone number does not comprise any of;

    a restricted number, a toll free number, a directory assistance number, and an invalid area code;

    converting said text to audio;

    establishing a telephone connection with said addressee if said telephone number is valid; and

    delivering said audio through said telephone connection.

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