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System and Method of Email Audio Attachment Playback Using Return Phone Calls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130496D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 8K

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Abstract

For mobile devices including smartphones with email, the problem of listening to email audio attachements is trouble-prone. If the audio file must be downloaded to the device before listening - it might be too big, or the audio file is streamed to the device - streaming is not reliable over GSM,CDMA or IDEN networks given the current data rate and priority.

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AUDIO ATTACHMENT PLAYBACK

System and Method of Email Audio Attachment Playback Using Return Phone Calls

Disclosed Anonymously

For mobile devices including smartphones with email, the problem of listening to email audio attachements is trouble-prone. If the audio file must be downloaded to the device before listening - it might be too big, or the audio file is streamed to the device - streaming is not reliable over GSM,CDMA or IDEN networks given the current data rate and priority.

This proposed solutoin attempts to solve this problem and requires no changes to the device.

This solution operates as follows. The email arrives with an audio file. The user is provided with two choices to listen to the file. A phone number is part of the attachment for the user to call and hear the audio. Alternatively the user can request that her device be called and the audio played back.

The choice of either technique depends on the lowest cost per call. Phone calls may be cheaper than data. This solution needs the ability for an Audio Attachment Server to push voice via the GSM, CDMA, TDMA, or VoIP network to the Phone application within the device, using existing and reliable infrastructure to play audio.

This solution ties the receipt of an audio file in an email to a playback of that file over the embedded phone. The attachment server would convert the audio file to a compatible format for phone playback.

The following characteristics distinguish this solution from existing solutions:

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