Electronic messaging using reply telephone numbers

  • US 9,894,018 B2
  • Filed: 07/31/2014
  • Issued: 02/13/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/18/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • receiving, at a server device from a sender, a first electronic message of a first communication-type addressed to a recipient;

    identifying, by the server device, a temporary reply telephone number from a pool of temporary reply telephone numbers, wherein the pool of temporary telephone numbers comprises a plurality of unassigned telephone numbers;

    associating the temporary reply telephone number with the sender of the first electronic message for the duration of a communication session between the sender and the recipient, the communication session comprising the first electronic message, a plurality of replies to the first electronic message, and one or more additional electronic messages of the first communication-type;

    preparing, using at least one processor of the server device, a second electronic message of a second communication-type comprising content of the first electronic message of the first communication-type; and

    sending, from the server device and via the temporary reply telephone number, the second electronic message of the second communication-type to the recipient.

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