System and method for instant VoIP messaging

CAFC
  • US 8,243,723 B2
  • Filed: 03/04/2009
  • Issued: 08/14/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/18/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for instant voice messaging over a packet-switched network, the method comprising:

  • monitoring a connectivity status of nodes within the packet-switched network, said connectivity status being available and unavailable;

    recording the connectivity status for each of the nodes;

    associating a sub-set of the nodes with a client;

    transmitting a signal to a client including a list of the recorded connectivity status for each of the nodes in the sub-set corresponding to the client;

    receiving an instant voice message having one or more recipients;

    delivering the instant voice message to the one or more recipients over a packet-switched network;

    temporarily storing the instant voice message if a recipient is unavailable; and

    delivering the stored instant voice message to the recipient once the recipient becomes available.

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