Method and apparatus for selectively establishing communication with one of plural devices associated with a single telephone number

  • US 7,440,561 B2
  • Filed: 08/21/2007
  • Issued: 10/21/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/14/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of establishing telephone communication between a telephone call placed to a primary telephone number and at least one of a plurality of telephone devices, the primary telephone number being associated with a primary telephone device, the method comprising the steps of:

  • storing one or more other telephone numbers associated with the primary telephone number, each of the other telephone numbers corresponding to one of the plurality of telephone devices;

    detecting placement of the telephone call to the primary telephone number by detecting a change in the status of a physical connection to a telephone extension associated with the primary telephone number;

    retrieving a first one of the other telephone numbers;

    placing a call to the first one of the other telephone numbers; and

    connecting the telephone call to one of the plurality of telephone devices associated with the first one of the other telephone numbers.

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