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Wireless Phone Caller - ID To Short Messaging Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022082D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Wireless phone Caller - ID to Short Messaging Service (SMS) provides a method to send private text messages to callers when a phone call cannot be answered.

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Wireless Phone Caller - ID To Short Messaging Service

When a call placed to a wireless phone goes unanswered, the caller will normally reach the voice mail service of the called party. A system generated greeting or a user personalized message instructs the caller to leave a voice mail message. The greeting is the same regardless of who the calling party is. Many wireless phones have the capability of allowing the user to send text messages to similarly equipped phones. It would be advantageous to use this text messaging capability to allow a personalized text message to be sent to one or more designated callers rather than the caller being directed to the voice mail service. This can be accomplished by implementing a function in the wireless phone that allows the user to create and store one or more text messages that the user desires to be sent when the phone cannot be answered. The stored messages are then linked to one or more parties in the internal phone book. When a call is placed to the user's phone, and goes unanswered, the phone will determine based on the Caller -ID data whether there is a text message linked to the caller. If a text message is linked to the caller, a text message is transmitted to the caller. A unique audio tone can be transmitted to the caller to signify to the caller that a text message has been sent. An unanswered call from callers that do not have a linked text message will reach the normal voice mail service.

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