Browse Prior Art Database

Method for a one-call lockout feature for cell phones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009251D
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 297K

Publishing Venue

The IP.com Prior Art Database

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a one-call lockout feature for cell phones. Benefits include improved functionality and improved support for product developers.

This text was extracted from a Microsoft Word document.
At least one non-text object (such as an image or picture) has been suppressed.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 71% of the total text.

Method for a one-call lockout feature for cell phones

Disclosed is a method for a one-call lockout feature for cell phones. Benefits include improved functionality and improved support for product developers.

Background

              A person who finds a locked out phone cannot return it to its owner. Typically, no accessible information is available on the phone to support its return. The phone may be in a power-down condition when found, and the owner may not be able to call the finder while it is powered on.

Description

              The disclosed method is a one-call lockout feature for cell phones. The method preserves the utility of the lockout feature on most cell phones, while providing a means for a lost cell phone to be returned to the owner via an owner-authorized phone call from the lockout menu (see Figure 1). When a phone's keypad is locked, a menu option enables a call to a predefined single number. It is preconfigured by the phone's owner and is not displayed for the caller.

              The phone's owner enters a special number that is anonymously available for calling from the lockout menu. When the lockout menu is displayed, it prompts for an unlock code for the keypad. An additional option enables a call to be made to the owner-configured number. When the one-call lockout feature is activated, the owner-configured number is retrieved, and the phone places a call to that number without displaying it on the handset (see Figure 2).

              The one-call number may be...