Patent Number: 6,307,930

Title: Method for providing telephone access to an internet user connected to plural bonded telephone lines

Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods for allowing phone lines to be used in a bonding scheme while retaining the ability to make or receive calls on those lines without terminating the entire data transmission. When a incoming call to one of the lines in use is detected, the call is rerouted to a specially configured server. Via the Internet, this server notifies the computer using the bonding scheme and coordinates the rerouting of the data transmission to the one or more other phone lines being bonded so that the requested line can be released and made available to connect the call. When the call is completed, the line can be returned to use as part of the bonded data transmission. When an outgoing call needs to be made, the computer using the bonding scheme is notified via an electronic signal. The computer then coordinates the rerouting of the data transmission to the one or more other lines being used in the bonding scheme and releases the line for the outgoing call. Once the outgoing call is complete, the line can be returned to use as part of the bonded data transmission.

Inventors: Mayer; Daniel Jitzchak (Warren, NJ)

Assignee: AT&T Corp.

International Classification: H04M 3/428 (20060101); H04M 7/00 (20060101); H04M 3/42 (20060101); H04M 011/00 (); H04M 003/42 (); H04M 015/06 (); H04L 012/16 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018