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Caller Initiated Control of Recipient Cell Phone Notification Profiles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129836D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 190K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This articles teaches about a new method to provide unidirectional control of the user profile settings of a message recipient's cellular phone or other personal communication device by the use of access control lists and other methods understood in the art from a remote device by the message sender.

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Caller Initiated Control of Recipient Cell Phone Notification Profiles

This paper presents a method for permitted callers (restricted via an access control list (ACL) of phone numbers) to override vibrate mode and cause audible notification in spite of the device settings. This would be useful for a spouse or significant other to get in touch with their partner when they believe the phone is in vibrate mode. For purposes of this description the new method will be referred to as "overriding vibrate mode." This does not preclude overriding other silent methods that cell phones/pagers might use to register an incoming phone call. A new feature is added to mobile communication devices that allows a ring or other audio to sound even when the phone is in vibrate mode. The new feature is activated by a caller using one of these methods:

-when the unanswered call rolls to voicemail an option is presented (and selected) to "override vibrate mode" -when the unanswered call rolls to voicemail a special key sequence is used to activate the "vibrate override feature." -the mobile communication device is programmed to respond to two different phone numbers. The second phone number ALWAYS rings audibly and is known only to specific individuals. -the mobile communication device is programmed to respond differently based on caller id. If a predetermined caller id shows up then the audible profile is automatically overridden.

     The device owner controls the list of phone numbers that can activate the override feature. The vision is this would be limited to just a few numbers: home, a spouse/significant other's cell and/or work phone, a child's phone, a manager's phone. The numbers are stored in an ACL data structure. However, this structure is not a requirement of the proposed method. The list of phone numbers permitted to exercise the new feature functions as an access control list. Optionally the ACL can be defined to be exclusive or inclusive meaning that in one scenario even if a caller knows the means/codes for overriding vibrate mode they must also be calling from a phone number in the ACL, otherwise no action occurs and the device does not "ring." In an alternate scenario eithe...