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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) / 25K

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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. 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 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.

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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.