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Location Awareness Programmable Ring-Options on Cellular Telephones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018967D
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. On the other hand, in cases where the user is in an environment where noise is prevalent, the ringer volume should be set higher to alert the user of a pending call in a noisy environment. It is proposed that a person's physical location be used in extending the programmability of ring-options on cellular phones.

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Location Awareness Programmable 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 an environment where noise is prevalent, the ringer volume should be set higher to alert the user of a pending call in a noisy environment.

Location Awareness for Providing Programmable Ring Tones on Cellular Telephones

It is proposed a person's physical location be used in extending the programmability of ring-options on cellular phones where location-based services are available.

Location-bases services (LBS) are rapidly becoming prevalent, providing advanced capabilities for connecting users' exact locations with a wide variety of relevant local information sources. From a users' perspective, the ability to access real-time localized information will be a key factor driving the widespre...