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Advanced Telephone with Smart Ringer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014096D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention uses information regarding when the phone was last used and the number of rings which have transpired to automatically adjust how loud and how quickly the volume of the ring increases. In the case that none of the phones associated with a particular line or telephone number was recently in use, the phones with their ringer set to LOW (and auto-ring adjust option turned on) would, for example, ring at low volume for the first two times and then if not answered would kick up to HIGH. Likewise if the volume where set to OFF and auto ring was on the phone would not ring at all the first two times, and then would ring at low for the next two times and finally kick into high. As will be appreciated, other configurations of the ringing characteristics could also be employed. There are several modes of operation that can be enabled if the phone has been recently answered. Two such modes are described below for exemplary purposes: The first mode is a single phone operation. This simply means that if someone was on this phone within the last minute, for example, then if the auto-ring adjustment is on, the phone would ring on at low volume for the first two rings no matter what the ringer setting was because since it is likely that someone is close by. Only the first two rings would be affected in this mode. The third, fourth and subsequent rings would be at whatever volume the auto adjust feature was set to, had the phone not been recently in use.

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Advanced Telephone with Smart Ringer

This invention uses information regarding when the phone was last used and the number of rings which have transpired to automatically adjust how loud and how quickly the volume of the ring increases. In the case thatnoneof the phones associated with a particular line or telephone number was recently in use, the phones with their ringer set to LOW (and auto-ring adjust option turned on) would, for example, ring at low volume for the first two times and then if not answered would kick up to HIGH. Likewise if the volume where set to OFF and auto ring was on the phone would not ring at all the first two times, and then would ring at low for the next two times and finally kick into high. As will be appreciated, other configurations of the ringing characteristics could also be employed. There are several modes of operation that can be enabled if the phone has been recently answered. Two such modes are described below for exemplary purposes: The first mode is a single phone operation. This simply means that if someone was on this phone within the last minute, for example, then if the auto-ring adjustment is on, the phone would ring on at low volume for the first two rings no matter what the ringer setting was because since it is likely that someone is close by. Only the first two rings would be affected in this mode. The third, fourth and subsequent rings would be at whatever volume the auto adjust feature was set to, had the phone not been recently in use.

Multi-phone mode - If someone was just on one phone (the time period being configurable), then no matter what the volume setting of this phone was, other phones would not ring the first time (i.e., only the one phon...