AUTOMATIC SYSTEM FOR FORWARDING OF CALLS
 Inventors: Elliston P. Bissell, Mendham; Frank J. Campano, Bridgewater, both of N.J.
 Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J.
 Appl. No.: 607,925
 Filed: Not. 1,1990
 Int. CI.* H04M 3/54
 U.S. CI 379/211; 379/91;
 Field of Search 379/60, 210, 211, 61,
379/91, 144, 357, 212
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
4,313,035 1/1982 Jordan et al 379/61
4,601,064 7/1986 Shipley 379/211
4,658,416 4/1987 Tanaka 379/211
4,680,785 7/1985 Akiyama et al 379/57
4,752,951 6/1988 Konnecker 379/211
4,852,156 7/1989 Shigenaga 379/172
Primary Examiner—James L. Dwyer
Messages (such as telephone calls or data messages) are automatically forwarded to an individual who is away from his/her home or office based upon information obtained when the individual engages in a transaction or activity, such as making a credit card purchase or credit card call, that indicates his or her location, e.g., at a particular merchant or telephone. Information from the transaction that links the individual and his/her current location is forwarded to a database to update an electronic record indicating the individual's availability, and where the subscriber may be reached. A call thereafter placed to the individual, either using a personal telephone number or the ordinary home or office number, causes the individual's record to be accessed and current location retrieved, so that the message can be automatically forwarded to that location. In some instances, the caller is furnished with the caller's general location (i.e., area), so that the message can be transmitted via cellular telphone, paging or other wireless communication.
24 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets