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Default Phone Number for Phone Entry Based on Time of Calling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016079D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system designed to expedite an individual's ability to reach a party via the phone based on the intended call receiver's predefined schedule. With current mobile phones, users can associate multiple phone numbers to the same person. For example, an individual can have a Work #, Home #, Cell #, and Pager #. The problem is that the phone does not know which phone number to call as the default during certain times. The disclosed system aims to allow the user more power in control over which phone numbers are dialed at certain times. The disclosed system can also dynamically change the first number associated to a phone entry list in a setup where a phone entry item can have multiple phone entries. The idea is for the user to be able to provide a schedule or block of times for each phone entry... For example one could instruct their phone to do the following. When calling the phone of a certain individual the names are labeled)

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Default Phone Number for Phone Entry Based on Time of Calling

Disclosed is a system designed to expedite an individual's ability to reach a party via the phone based on the intended call receiver's predefined schedule.

With current mobile phones, users can associate multiple phone numbers to the same person. For example, an individual can have a Work #, Home #, Cell #, and Pager #. The problem is that the phone does not know which phone number to call as the default # during certain times. The disclosed system aims to allow the user more power in control over which phone numbers are dialed at certain times. The disclosed system can also dynamically change the first number associated to a phone entry list in a setup where a phone entry item can have multiple phone entries.

The idea is for the user to be able to provide a schedule or block of times for each phone entry... For example one could instruct their phone to do the following.

When calling the phone of a certain individual ( the names are labeled)

from 8AM - 5PM (use Work Phone #) from 5PM - 5:30 PM (use Cell Phone #) from 5:30PM - 9PM (use Home Phone #) from 9PM - 8AM (use Pager #)

This will allow the user to quickly dial a person with their correct phone number (as determined by the time of calling). Since so many individuals use their cell phones on the road, minimizing the time a user might being trying to dial (and keeping their eyes off of the road) is a major issue (reducing the number of key strokes...