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RING-TIME DECISION LOGIC

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126837D
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Ring-Time Decision Logic for a Wireless Communications Device When a caller phones another person, the receiver’s phone rings. However, with the latest devices which integrate data, voice, and other business functionality, there’s an opportunity to have the device make a logic-based determination as to whether or not to ring the phone – depending on business rules applied by the user. Some examples of this logic might be: if the call is made outside of normal business hours and the caller is defined as a “business contact,” the phone will not ring. If a meeting is set for a particular time, the phone will not ring during. Another example would be all calls being sent to voicemail unless the caller is someone who has exchanged e-mails with the user within the past 24 hours. Also, if a caller is not in user’s address book, the device can be set not to ring. There are various applications for the merging of business data and inbound phone calls. This wireless communications device would allow users to configure rules based on the data on the actual device, and make the ring-time decision to ring the device or not. This usefulness permits the user to enjoy the convenience of being reachable without having the cell phone ring at inopportune times. All logic is applied locally on the device, so that no network changes are required. Inbound callers would not be aware of the functionality. The underlying data used to base the “ring-time” decision is limited only by the data capabilities of the device.

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RING-TIME DECISION LOGIC

Ring-Time Decision Logic for a Wireless Communications Device

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When a caller phones another person, the receiver’s phone rings.  However, with the latest devices which integrate data, voice, and other business functionality, there’s an opportunity to have the device make a logic-based determination as to whether or not to ring the phone – depending on business rules applied by the user. 

Some examples of this logic might be: if the call is made outside of normal business hours and the caller is defined as a “business contact,” the phone will not ring.  If a meeting is set for a particular time, the phone will not ring during.  Another example would be all calls being sent to voicemail unless the caller is someone who has exchanged e-mails with the user within the past 24 hours.  Also, if a caller is not in user’s address book, the device can be set not to ring.

There are various applications for the merging of business data and inbound phone calls.  This wireless communications device would allow users to configure rules based on the data on the actual device, and make the ring-time decision to ring the device or not.  This usefulness permits the user to enjoy the convenience of being reachable without having the cell phone ring at inopportune times. 

All logic is applied locally on the device, so that no network changes are required.  Inbound callers would not be aware of the functionality.  The underlying...