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Method for customization of the user/cell phone interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010025D
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-09
Document File: 5 page(s) / 97K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for customization of the user/cell phone interface. Benefits include improved useability, improved functionality, and improved design flexibility.

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Method for customization of the user/cell phone interface

Disclosed is a method for customization of the user/cell phone interface. Benefits include improved useability, improved functionality, and improved design flexibility.

Background

        � � � � � With today’s cell phones, the ringer can be set to off or the phone can be put into vibrate mode to ensure privacy. This system enforces the same action for all incoming calls. Some locations are installing cellular phone jammers so that no calls can be received on premises, which do not allow critical emergency calls to get through.

        � � � � � Web logging (blogging) is a popular pastime. Many free services enable users to start their own web logs. Users publish their thoughts and opinions on life throughout the day. Conventionally, the web publishing software requires a computer with an Internet connection to post to a blog.�

        � � � � � The buddy list concept of the web enables the user to predefine a set of friends. The user can detect when they are online and can be contacted with another form of communication, such as real-time messaging or e-mail.

General description

        � � � � � The disclosed method is customization of the user/cell phone interface. The conventional contact list is expanded to enable the classification of numbers into categories that defines the ring and availability setting. Short message service (SMS) capability enables the user to do blogging and exchanges messages with the members of a buddy list.

Advantages

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

•        � � � � Improved useability due to improved user customization of the user/cell phone interface

•        � � � � Improved functionality due to the processing of SMS messages using a cell phone
•        � � � � Improved application design flexibility

Detailed description

        � � � � � The disclosed method is customization of the user/cell phone interface. The method enables the phone to make a more complex decision based on the state that the user has set and the phone number of the incoming call (see Figure 1). The setting that enables the ring, vibrate, or off mode is increased to allow the following states:

•        � � � � Ring all

•        � � � � Ring contact, vibrate others

•        � � � � Ring contact, off others

•        � � � � Ring emergency, vibrate others

•        � � � � Ring emergency, off others

•        � � � � Vibrate all

•        � � � � Vibrate emergency, off others

•        � � � � Off all

        � � � � � The improved contact list enables the user to specify one or more of those contacts as emergency contacts.

        � � � � � When an incoming call occurs, the caller’s phone number is compared to the contact list. One of several actions is taken depending on the state of the ring mode (see Figure 2).

        � � � � � This gives the user increased flexibility in setting their cell phone response to the social setting. For instance if a user is out at a movie while a babysitter is watching her children, she may set the phone to “Vibrate Emergency, Off Othe...