08345665 is referenced by 83 patents and cites 275 patents.

A method includes providing a user interface, at a mobile communication device, that includes a first area to receive text input and a second area to receive an identifier associated with an addressee device. The text input and the identifier are received via the user interface. A short message service (SMS) message including the text input is transmitted to a Text to Speech (TTS) server for conversion into an audio message and for transmission of the audio message to the addressee device associated with the identifier. An acknowledge message transmitted from the TTS server permits the addressee device to allow delivery of the audio message or to decline delivery of the audio message. The TTS server transmits the audio message in response to the addressee device allowing delivery of the audio message. A confirmation message is received from the TTS server that indicates that a reply voice message has been received from the addressee device in response to the audio message.

Title
Text to speech conversion of text messages from mobile communication devices
Application Number
12/628693
Publication Number
8345665 (B2)
Application Date
December 1, 2009
Publication Date
January 1, 2013
Inventor
Flavio Vieri
Montespertoli
IT
Riccardo Vieri
Montespertoli
IT
Agent
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Assignee
Apple
CA, US
IPC
G10L 13/08
H04M 11/00
H04L 12/66
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