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SELECTIVE CALL BLOCKING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007878D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

James Hymel: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

With the use of pagers becoming more wide- spread, the integration of computer technology into page dispatching has also become more common. For example, a pager wearer may be notified any time a voice mail message is received that is intended for the pager wearer. The voice mail main computer offers the ability to 'outdial' to paging systems and notify each voice mail user when a voice mail mes- sage arrives. Duplicates of these voice mail messages, as well as others can arrive at any time ofthe day or night and can become a nuisance. Fig. 1 is a flow chart illustrating a call blocking routine which is programmed into a pager, and which allows the pager wearer to temporarily or permanently keep these nuisance pages From alerting the pager.

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Technical Developments

SELECTIVE CALL BLOCKING

by James Hymel and Christian Herrick

  With the use of pagers becoming more wide- spread, the integration of computer technology into page dispatching has also become more common. For example, a pager wearer may be notified any time a voice mail message is received that is intended for the pager wearer. The voice mail main computer offers the ability to 'outdial' to paging systems and notify each voice mail user when a voice mail mes- sage arrives. Duplicates of these voice mail messages, as well as others can arrive at any time ofthe day or night and can become a nuisance. Fig. 1 is a flow chart illustrating a call blocking routine which is programmed into a pager, and which allows the pager wearer to temporarily or permanently keep these nuisance pages From alerting the pager.

  As shown in Fig. 1, the pager wearer receives a numeric or alpha page. By reading that message and then selecting an option screen (with options such as delete, lock.. .etc.), the user can select the 'Call

block' option. At that point the user is prompted with a time period for call blocking. The user may select any time period, such as a portion of each day (11 PM. to 7 A.M. may be popular) to block, how- ever the user may also choose the entire 24 hour period, which would effectively prohibit the pager from ever alerting when pager a duplicate of this message arrives.

  At any time the pager wearer may 'edit' the mes- sage that has been 'Blocke...