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METHOD FOR ASSIGNING MESSAGE NUMBERS AND SORTING NUMERIC CANNED MESSAGES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006802D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Sandra Humphrey: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method of assigning message numbers and sorting user-buildable canned messages in a pager that allows the user to build their own canned messages is described. Canned messages are popular in some countries because senders can still use the phone system to send their mes- sages, but the user has the advantage of seeing an alpha- numeric inessage. Generally with canned messages, the user sends a numeric message, but if a number is pre- ceded by a certain code (e.g. "*4"), the pager will inter- pret this number as a canned message and convert the number that follows to an alphanumeric message (as pre-stored in the pager) that displays on the pager dis- play. Canned messages can be pre-set or canned, and sometimes a combination is used within a pager. Canned messages can also be used in combination with a phone number.

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MO-LA /NC. Technical Developments Volume 18 March 1993

METHOD FOR ASSIGNING MESSAGE NUMBERS AND SORTING NUMERIC CANNED MESSAGES

by Sandra Humphrey, Jean Evans, and Rob SapaShe

  A method of assigning message numbers and sorting user-buildable canned messages in a pager that allows the user to build their own canned messages is described. Canned messages are popular in some countries because senders can still use the phone system to send their mes- sages, but the user has the advantage of seeing an alpha- numeric inessage. Generally with canned messages, the user sends a numeric message, but if a number is pre- ceded by a certain code (e.g. "*4"), the pager will inter- pret this number as a canned message and convert the number that follows to an alphanumeric message (as pre-stored in the pager) that displays on the pager dis- play. Canned messages can be pre-set or canned, and sometimes a combination is used within a pager. Canned messages can also be used in combination with a phone number.

  The person sending the page must be made aware of what numbers are associated with specific canned messages, so he can send an effective message. For exam- ple, 1 might be "call home:' 2 might be "return to ofice: 3 might be "urgent-pls. call:' etc. With user-buildable canned messages, it is often desirable to assign numbers to frequent callers so the message will display who is calling, and if the display is long enough, even a phone number will be displayed.

   The user should be allowed to select what message number to assign to a specific message or person's name/phone number. The advantage to this is that the frequent message initiator may have a favorite number that is easy to remember, or he may have been assigned that same message number when paging another user, making it easier for him to rem...