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Method for cellular and POTS phone interconnectivity using a programmable cell-phone charger and gateway line manager

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009977D
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-02
Document File: 6 page(s) / 197K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for cellular and POTS phone interconnectivity using a programmable cell-phone charger and gateway line manager. Benefits include improved functionality, improved useability, and improved cost effectiveness.

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Method for cellular and POTS phone interconnectivity using a programmable cell-phone charger and gateway line manager

Disclosed is a method for cellular and POTS phone interconnectivity using a programmable cell-phone charger and gateway line manager. Benefits include improved functionality, improved useability, and improved cost effectiveness.

General description

        � � � � � The disclosed method is cellular and POTS phone interconnectivity using a programmable cell-phone charger and gateway line manager. The key elements of the method include:

•        � � � � Programmable phone charger that may include support for a speakerphone, a headset, or a more sophisticated charger that could be a USB, Ethernet, or WLAN device

•        � � � � Cellular phone gateway line manager that directs calls between networks and available phone lines

Advantages

        � � � � � The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•        � � � � Improved functionality due to the capability of connecting the charger to the user’s computer

•        � � � � Improved functionality due to the capability to receive mobile phone calls from inexpensive plain old telephone system (POTS) telephones rather than more expensive multihandset cordless phones

•        � � � � Improved functionality due to the capability to receive mobile phone calls from one or more handsets associated with a phone base connected to the gateway

•        � � � � Improved useability due to the capability to program functions automatically

•        � � � � Improved useability due to the capability to use the phone when the battery is very low (such as using the charger with a speakerphone base)

•        � � � � Improved useability due to the capability to receive phone calls while mobile phones are being charged without having to interrupt the charging process

•        � � � � Improved cost effectiveness due to the capability to use all lines on subscriber’s premises without the subscriber incurring additional charges (beyond the service charge for the line manager and installation)

Detailed description

        � � � � � The components of the disclosed method include a mobile phone and a programmable phone charger (see Figure 1). The charger can be programmed by the user to instruct the phone and/or another connected device on the action it should take when it is placed in the charger’s cradle. A small display on the charger informs the user about the action taken by the phone (such as� “Forwarding to 555-1234”).

        � � � � � The charger serves as a base from which calls can be made or accepted without removing the phone from the cradle. The base can be equipped with a speakerphone, a headset, or a more sophisticated charger that could be a USB device connected to the user’s computer. The device could be an Ethernet or wireless local area network (WLAN) device connected to the user’s network so calls can be answered or made from a computer terminal. The user programs the charger with the IP address or the name of the computer to which the calls...