A system and method that notifies a voice mailbox subscriber of the receipt of a message at a voicemail server using instant messaging. A preferred embodiment of the invention includes an enhanced notification server that receives a notification of the message from the voicemail server, queries the availability of an instant messaging client via an instant messaging presence server, and forwards the notification to the instant messaging client via the instant messaging presence server if the instant messaging client is available. In preferred embodiments, provisions are made to forward the message to the subscriber via instant messaging.

Web www.patentalert.com

< Method, apparatus and article to remotely associate wireless communications devices with subscriber identities and/or proxy wireless communications devices

> Apparatus and method for PBX-integrated unified messaging services on a switched backbone

~ 00429