Browse Prior Art Database

Address Lookup Activated On Phone Call

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130456D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

The IP.com Prior Art Database

Abstract

When a wireless handheld receives an incoming phone call, and the phone number of the calling party is provided by the carrier, a search is made in the locally stored address book to resolve the number to the name of an existing address book entry. If the number is not found, then it is not possible to display the name, address, and other information of the caller, or perform a further action such as sending him or her e-mail. This data is inaccessible from the device. The invention is for a remote address lookup query mechanism to be invoked automatically on an incoming phone call. As soon as the phone number of the caller is known, an address lookup search is initiated on the corporate global address list or ideally a third-party directory with reverse lookup capability (such as 411.ca, accessed through an LDAP directory service gateway), using the existing address lookup protocol on the handheld device. Therefore, on receiving a call from a certain number, it will be possible to automatically retrieve information such as the name, address, phone number, and e-mail (if listed by the telephone company) of the caller. This is useful if the called party requires the mailing address or wants to e-mail the caller at some later time. The query may be completed before the call is answered (in all likelihood as it is fast in practice), during the conversation, or afterwards. The query results list will be displayed or be easily accessible from the phone UI screen, and the user will be able to click to add the result to the local address book database. The current remote address lookup mechanism on some devices is not well integrated into the phone application, as the user must manually type in the name to be searched for from the address list. It is only capable of searching a single corporate global address list versus a third-party LDAP service as could be provided by a site like 411.ca, and is not automatically invoked on a phone call. The address lookup will be launched automatically on an incoming phone call, allowing the user the convenience of glancing down at the name and address of the caller without having to dismiss the phone screen and typing in the query using the keyboard (and not being able to listen at the same time).

This text was extracted from a Microsoft Word document.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 64% of the total text.

Automatic Address Lookup

Address Lookup Activated On Phone Call

Disclosed Anonymously

When a wireless handheld receives an incoming phone call, and the phone number of the calling party is provided by the carrier, a search is made in the locally stored address book to resolve the number to the name of an existing address book entry. If the number is not found, then it is not possible to display the name, address, and other information of the caller, or perform a further action such as sending him or her an e-mail. This data is inaccessible from the device.

The invention is for a remote address lookup query mechanism to be invoked automatically on an incoming phone call. As soon as the phone number of the caller is known, an address lookup search is initiated on the corporate global address list or ideally a third-party directory with reverse lookup capability (such as 411.ca, accessed through an LDAP directory service gateway), using the existing address lookup protocol on the handheld device. Therefore, on receiving a call from a certain number, it will be possible to automatically retrieve information such as the name, address, phone number, and e-mail (if listed by the telephone company) of the caller. This is useful if the called party requires the mailing address or wants to e-mail the caller at some later time. The query may be completed before the call is answered (in all likelihood as it is fast in practice), during the conversation, or afterwards. The query results...