Communication system having unified messaging
Message management system
Permanent adapter having modulation and demodulation means for connecting networks
Bridge-like internet protocol router
Interenterprise electronic mail hub
Multi-media integrated message arrangement Patent #: 5479411
ApplicationNo. 387162 filed on 02/13/1995
US Classes:370/352, Combined circuit switching and packet switching358/402, Electronic mailbox379/100.08, Electronic mailbox379/100.15, Having switching to other communication modes379/100.16, Voice mode379/902, AUTO-SWITCH FOR AN INCOMING VOICE DATA, OR FAX TELEPHONE CALL (E.G., COMP/FAX/TEL)709/206Demand based messaging
ExaminersPrimary: Chan, Wing F.
International ClassH04M 011/00
Foreign Application Priority Data1994-12-23 CA
AbstractThe present invention relates to a unified messaging system and method which is more convenient and advantageously combines or makes use of existing communication channels or networks. Part of the system and method relies on a data communication network forming an intermediate leg of the distribution network. Telephone communication is typically used for initial or final legs. Voice mail, E-mail, facsimiles and other message types can be received by the system for retrieval by the subscriber. Communications may be centralized and retrieval of messages can be accomplished using one of a number of separate and distinct approaches. Thus, data communication networks such as the Internet can become global voice mail and facsimile mail systems.