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Beeper Pager Security Monitor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103763D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 75K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Flores, D: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A program is described which allows the user of a beeper/pager to register a set of area codes, phone number prefixes, or complete phone numbers into the memory of the beeper or beeper centralized service. Thus, any time someone enters one of the numbers in the list of undesirable numbers, the beeper will behave differently.

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Beeper Pager Security Monitor

      A program is described which allows the user of a beeper/pager
to register a set of area codes, phone number prefixes, or complete
phone numbers into the memory of the beeper or beeper centralized
service.  Thus, any time someone enters one of the numbers in the
list of undesirable numbers, the beeper will behave differently.

      Recently, owners of remote pagers/beepers have been plagued
with a problem reflective of the times. Unscrupulous representatives
of 976 prefix and/or area code 900 phone numbers have called owners
of these beepers.  When the unsuspecting owner of the beeper returns
the phone call to the phone number on the beeper's LCD display, the
owner is charged large amounts of money for the connection.  It is
now a necessity for beeper owners to be alerted when an undesirable
phone number has been sent to their pager.

      The preferred embodiment is a mechanism that recognizes a phone
number as one entered on a restricted list.  Different embodiments
would enable the beeper to behave differently upon activation.  That
is, it could vibrate, beep differently, or even ignore the number.

      The pager security monitor intercepts the incoming phone
numbers and either displays a valid phone number or informs the
recipient that the phone number received is registered in the
undesirable list.

      A caller wishing to page someone would dial the pager number
and, at the dial tone, enter the number...