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Easy activation of a cell-phone function during a call

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010355D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Danny Zadok: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Modern cell phones have a large number of features. Many of these features are activated using a friendly textual or iconic user-interface. The user navigates through the deep nested menus to get to a specific function and to activate it. Most of those functions are available and meaningful when the phone is in idle mode, i.e. the user is not involved in a call. But many of the functions could better be disabled or hidden when the user is managing a voice or data call. For example, the phone or network settings can be edited in the idle mode only, and most of the cell phones do not allow accessing the settings during a call. On the other hand, the call forward feature should be available during a call, because the user may wish to forward the current call to another party.

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Easy activation of a cell-phone function during a call

Danny Zadok and Salomon Serfaty

Overview

Modern cell phones have a large number of features. Many of these features are activated using a friendly textual or iconic user-interface. The user navigates through the deep nested menus to get to a specific function and to activate it. Most of those functions are available and meaningful when the phone is in idle mode, i.e. the user is not involved in a call. But many of the functions could better be disabled or hidden when the user is managing a voice or data call. For example, the phone or network settings can be edited in the idle mode only, and most of the cell phones do not allow accessing the settings during a call. On the other hand, the call forward feature should be available during a call, because the user may wish to forward the current call to another party.

The Problem

Looking at the list of the cell phone features that could be available during a call, we find that the list is very long. Among them:

·        Phone Book (find, edit, etc.)

·        Conference Call connection and disconnection

·        Voice Recorder

·        Call forward

·        Hold

·        Etc.

To provide all those functions during a call, a special set of menus is needed. This set of menus should be different from the idle menu, otherwise the during-call user interface becomes hard to use.

Even with the reduced menu, it is still hard to activate the frequent-used functions. For instance, imagine, a user who frequently uses the Voice Recorder feature.  He/she should go through the nested menus, every time he/she wishes to use that function. A different user may use the Call Forward function more frequently.

The Proposed Solution

The solution is based...