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SERIAL DOWNLOAD OF PHONE NUMBERS FOR HAND PHONE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008319D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jun-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 94K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Chan Huan Gim: AUTHOR

Abstract

Currently, almost all handphones have a programmable number storage function. The standard method of storing numbers involves typing alphabets which is done by holding certain numeric buttons to scroll through the alphabets. This method is acceptable for storing a few numbers, however it is tedious and time consuming if many numbers are to be stored.

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SERIAL DOWNLOAD OF PHONE NUMBERS FOR HAND PHONE

by Chan Huan Gim

  Currently, almost all handphones have a programmable number storage function. The standard method of storing numbers involves typing alphabets which is done by holding certain numeric buttons to scroll through the alphabets. This method is acceptable for storing a few numbers, however it is tedious and time consuming if many numbers are to be stored.

  The typical time for storing a 10 character name and phone number is approximately one minute. Hence, programming 50 numbers will take almost an hour.

  In certain circumstances, where the person is upgrading the handphone or changing the cellular service provider, the numbers will have to be manu- ally programmed into the phone again.

  A large proportion of the handphones in the world are used for business purposes. The list of clients/contacts tends to change frequently and might hinder the user from utilizing the number storage function effectively.

SOLUTION

An idea to solve the problems mentioned, is to provide an additional serial download feature for

the handphone. A computer is a common piece of equipment for office and home use. The arrange- ment would be to use a computer to store a central database of telephone numbers which could be downloaded serially into handphones as required.

  The database entries could be grouped/catego- rized for selective group downloading. Examples of group names could be 'Kenneth personal numbers', 'SINGAPORE contact numbers', etc.

  The database program could be provided when the handphone is being purchased or could be downloaded from the Internet.

SERIAL DOWNLOAD METHODS

  Serial download of data can be achieved in many ways, such as through electrical connection, light modulation, sound modulation, etc. Different serial transmission encoding can be used, su...