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Entering an Alphabetic Phone Number on a Mobile Device Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130511D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 8K

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Abstract

On occasion, the user has the opportunity to call a company or organization, but only knows their number by way of an advertisement. For example, the number 1-800-CALL-ATT reaches AT&T. These numbers are difficult to transpose on a QWERTY-style mobile device keypad, since it doesn't portray over each number the three-letter assignments customary on a phone.

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KEYBOARDING AN ALPHA PHONE NUMBER ENTRY

Entering an Alphabetic Phone Number on a

Mobile

Device Keyboard

Disclosed Anonymously

On occasion, the user has the opportunity to call a company or organization, but only knows their number by way of an advertisement. For example, the number 1-800-CALL-ATT reaches AT&T. These numbers are difficult to transpose on a QWERTY-style mobile device keypad, since it doesn't portray over each number the three-letter assignments customary on a phone.

My design idea would allow the user to select a mode by which he/she can enter the phone number alphabetically, by typing 'SURF'. The numeric portion would be entered in 'numeric mode', and then by hitting the <Ctrl> key (or some other key if deemed more appropriate) the user could complete the alpha portion of the phone number by typing the associated letters on the keypad.