Patent Number: 7,088,801

Title: Single telephone number access to multiple communications services

Abstract: A platform provides access to multiple telecommunications services via a single telephone number. These services may include, for example, voicemail services, facsimile messaging services, paging services, and outbound calling services. A guest caller may call the single phone number to speak to a subscriber, leave a voicemail message for a subscriber, leave a facsimile message for a subscriber, or place a page to a subscriber. A subscriber may call the phone number to place outbound calls. In addition, a subscriber may call the single phone number to retrieve or send facsimile messages and/or voicemail messages. A subscriber may also call the phone number to configure service options. For instance, a subscriber may select routing options and choose what services are available to guest callers.

Inventors: Gross; Karen A. (Cedar Rapids, IA), Galvan; Thomas J. (Hawatha, IA), Chib; Rupika (Chevy Chase, MD)

Assignee: MCI, Inc.

International Classification: H04M 1/64 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018