Text to speech conversion of text messages from mobile communication devices

  • US 8,345,665 B2
  • Filed: 12/01/2009
  • Issued: 01/01/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/22/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium comprising instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to:

  • provide a user interface at a mobile communication device, the user interface including a first area to receive text input and a second area to receive an identifier associated with an addressee device;

    receive the text input and the identifier via the user interface;

    transmit a short message service (SMS) message including the text input from the mobile communication device to a Text to Speech (TTS) server for conversion into an audio message and for transmission of the audio message to the addressee device associated with the identifier, wherein the TTS server transmits an acknowledge message that permits the addressee device to allow delivery of the audio message or to decline delivery of the audio message, and wherein the TTS server transmits the audio message in response to the addressee device allowing delivery of the audio message; and

    receive a confirmation message from the TTS server, wherein the confirmation message indicates that a reply voice message has been received from the addressee device in response to the audio message.

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