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LOST MODE FEATURE FOR PAGERS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008332D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jun-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Tan Tat Kee: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

One method that may help in recovering a pager that is lost or misplaced is by paging the pager. Using this method, the pager is provided with a message having information for someone who finds the pager to contact the pager's user. Also, the paging activates the pager to emit paging alerts which can help the user in recovering the pager. However, too much paging of the pager can drain the pager's battery to an extent that the paging alerts are weakened. Furthermore, with a weak battery, messages received may be poorly displayed or not even displayed at all.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

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LOST MODE FEATURE FOR PAGERS

by Tan Tat Kee and Kan Lip Vui

INTRODUCTION

  One method that may help in recovering a pager that is lost or misplaced is by paging the pager. Using this method, the pager is provided with a message having information for someone who finds the pager to contact the pager's user. Also, the paging activates the pager to emit paging alerts which can help the user in recovering the pager. However, too much paging of the pager can drain the pager's battery to an extent that the paging alerts are weakened. Furthermore, with a weak battery, messages received may be poorly displayed or not even displayed at all.

  Disclosed in this article is a feature, herein referred to as a lost mode feature, that helps in recovering a pager that is misplaced or lost.

DESCRIPTION OF LOST MODE FEATURE

  When a pager is lost or misplaced, a user can activate the lost mode feature with a disabling page. When received by the pager, some functions of the pager are disabled and the pager is then set to a lost

mode. In the lost mode, the pager can still receive messages but page alerts will not be emitted and the messages are not displayed. The disabling page also provides information for the pager to display when any key or button on the pager is depressed. For example, the information can provide a message "Please contact 123456" for displaying. To conserve power, the information will only be displayed for a period of time. During the...