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Method for Bypassing Cellular Phone Rings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021312D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

As cell phones become more and more prevalent in society the possibility of receiving an incoming call and causing a social disturbance increases significantly. Whether it is in a movie theater, place of worship, meeting room, classroom, etc., there are certain moments when a ringing cell phone can cause an unwanted and loud public disturbance. Our solution is to create a Bluetooth device that will be able to define it's own "no ring" zone and talk continuously to another Bluetooth device inside of a cellular phone bypassing the phone's ringer and allowing the call to proceed to voice mail after the specified number of "rings" in designated public areas. These "rings" can be observed in one of two ways: 1) Put the phone into vibrate mode to allow normal "rings" without everyone hearing them. 2) Send the caller directly to voice mail (this actually bypasses normal "ringing" altogether). Our solution still allows the cellular phone owner to receive all incoming calls. All calls will be observed as normal from the sender's cellular phone.

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Method for Bypassing Cellular Phone Rings

As cell phones become more and more prevalent in society the possibility of receiving an incoming call and causing a social disturbance increases significantly. Whether it is in a movie theater, place of worship, meeting room, classroom, etc., there are certain moments when a ringing cell phone can cause an unwanted and loud public disturbance.

Our solution is to create a Bluetooth device that will be able to define it's own "no ring" zone and talk continuously to another Bluetooth device inside of a cellular phone bypassing the phone's ringer and allowing the call to proceed to voice mail after the specified number of "rings" in designated public areas.

These "rings" can be observed in one of two ways:

1) Put the phone into vibrate mode to allow normal "rings" without everyone hearing them.

2) Send the caller directly to voice mail (this actually bypasses normal "ringing" altogether).

Our solution still allows the cellular phone owner to receive all incoming calls. All calls will be observed as normal from the sender's cellular phone.

Our solution can be observed in the following scenarios:

B = Bluetooth device creating "no ring" zone CP = Bluetooth enabled Cell Phone that is powered on

Scenario 1: In this scenario, the Cell Phone is outside of the "no ring" zone and operates normally.

B

Public Area

"No Ring" Zone

CP

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B = Bluetooth device creating "no rin...