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Cellular Phone Signal Strength Chime

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028745D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Cellular phone networks are notorious for having dead spots and problems handing off calls from one cell area to another when users are highly mobile. When driving a vehicle, a person may be travelling at a high rate of speed across these trouble areas, resulting in an intermittently poor signal. For a driver attempting to place a call, it can be dangerous to continuously glance down at a cell phone to check if the signal strength is sufficient to place a stable call. This invention seeks to alleviate that difficulty. By enabling the phone to give off audible chimes that represent the current signal strength, a user need not divert their gaze to continuously check their signal strength.

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Cellular Phone Signal Strength Chime

To implement this invention, the user would be able to place the phone into a signal chime mode. Once engaged in this mode, the phone can chime in a number of times that is representative of its current signal strength. The phone can then pause and repeat this notification at intervals until the mode is disengaged or a call is placed. There are other ways to audibly signify the signal strength, such as pitch, Morse, etc., however this is my preferred embodiment.

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