2139081 is referenced by 4 patents.
The present invention relates to a unified messaging and communication system which is convenient and cost effective. This system advantageously combines or makes use of existing communication channels or networks. Part of the system and method relies on an intermediate leg of the distribution network being an INTERNET segment. Telephone communication is typically used for initial or final legs. Voice mail, E-mail, facsimiles and real time voice telephone communications are completed by the system. Telephone to telephone long distance communications use INTERNET between two commercial providers, with these commercial providers interacting seamlessly with conventional telephones, thereby making the system widely available to telephone subscribers.