Patent Number: 6,310,939

Title: Method and apparatus for screening a call as the call is transmitted to voice mail

Abstract: A screening and monitoring capability for switch based voice messaging systems that allows a called party to hear the caller and the caller's voice as the caller leaves a message and break in to start a normal telephone discussion if the caller or the caller's subject warrants such action. The method and apparatus of this invention provide for an advanced intelligent network service feature that controls the bridging of the connections to the voice mail and the called party's telephone station. The service feature turns the voice mail off and tears down the connection if the monitoring called party speaks.

Inventors: Varney; Douglas William (Naperville, IL)

Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.

International Classification: H04M 3/50 (20060101); H04M 001/64 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018