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SMS DISTRIBUTION LISTS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010184D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Oct-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Klaus Tetz: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This paper describes the definition of SMS distribution lists in a GSM phone’s address book. This represents an improvement in sending SMS messages to a group of people.

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SMS DISTRIBUTION LISTS

byKlaus Tetz, Hartmut Koenig, Rainer Bingel

Abstract

This paper describes the definition of SMS distribution lists in a GSM phone’s address book. This represents an improvement in sending SMS messages to a group of people.

Introduction

SMS is a widely used service on mobile telephones. One big advantage of an SMS message is that it can be send to an addressee, even if the receiving phone is currently out of range of a base station or it is switched off. The message will be delivered at the moment the phone is logged into the system again.

Problem To Be Solved

The normal way to send a short message with a GSM phone is to enter a message with the keypad, or to use a predefined message, select the addressee and send out the message. If a message should be send to more than one addressee, the procedure has to be repeated. If a message has to be send to a group, it is clear, that this procedure gets more and more time consuming and inconvenient.

Proposed Solution to the Problem

This solution allows defining lists of addresses in the phone book of a GSM telephone. Beside the name and phone number, a third address entry is needed to assign an entry to a list. If an address is not assigned to a list, this entry can be left blank. An address entry can also be assigned to more than one list. In this case, a dot, a colon or a comma separates the address list identifiers. The address list identifier will always be the first word in the SMS. It can also be part of the message itself, to indicate to the recipients that the message was sent to a group.

Address Book Example1:

Name        � � � � � � � � �         � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � Phone Number        � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � SMS List Identifier

Name 1        � � � � � � � � � � � Phone Number 1        � � � � � � � � � � � 2

Name 2        � � � � � � � � � � � Phone Number 2        � � � � � � � � � � � 2        � � �

Name 3� � � � � � � � � � � Phone Number 3        � � � � � � � � � � � 1,2 {assigned to list 1 and 2}        

Name 4        � � � � � � � � � � � Phone Number 4        � � � � � � � � � � � 1        � � �

Name 5        � � � � � � � � � � � Phone Number 5 ...