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Methods for Automating Ring Options on Cellular Telephones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018966D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Today's cellular (cell) phones provide the function of setting a variety of ring-options, for example ringer volume and silent ring (vibrate). Although this function is greatly needed, the mechanisms available to adjust these options require operator intervention, and are a manual process. Once a ringer volume is selected it remains set until the user manually choose a different setting. In today's hectic world, cell phone users are too busy or often forget to properly adjust the ringer options on his/her cell phone to fit their schedule. For example, during events where noise is a factor (meetings, in the library, etc) the ringer volume should be set to low or vibrate. Where the user is in a noisy environment, the ringer volume should be set higher. Two methods are described for automating ring-option on cell phones.

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Methods for Automating Ring Options on Cellular Telephones

Introduction

Today's cellular (cell) phones provide the function of setting a variety of ring-options, for example ringer volume and silent ring (vibrate). Although this function is greatly needed, the mechanisms available to adjust these options require operator intervention, and are a manual process. Once a ringer volume is selected it remains set until the user manually choose a different setting. In today's hectic world, cell phone users are too busy or often forget to properly adjust the ringer options on his/her cell phone to fit their schedule. For example, during events where noise is a factor (meetings, in the library, etc) the ringer volume should be set to low or vibrate. On the other hand, in cases where the user is in a noisy environment, the ringer volume should be set higher. Disclosed here are two methods for automating ring-option on cell phones.

Automated Method for Providing Programmable Initiated Ring Options on Cellular Telephones The first method employs a user interface on the cellular telephone itself to permit the user to schedule the ringer properties of the cellular phone during an extended period of time. .

The user interface lets the user specify the following: day/date, start time, end time, and ring-option setting. When configured the cell phone ring volume will be automatically adjusted throughout the daily activities of the user as shown in Example 1.

Example 1:

Date Time Activity Ring-tone setting Mon - Fri 06:00am - 08:00am At home High
Mon 08:00am - 09:00am Meeting Vibrate Mon - Fri 12:00pm - 01:...