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System and Method for Messaging Shortcuts with Template Parameters

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131187D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

"Speed anything" is an extension of speed dialing, which involves the mobile phone user pressing and holding a key that is bound to a certain phone number, so that pressing and holding the key causes the phone to initiate a call to the said phone number. As for "speed anything," the speed dialing concept is extended to allow key bindings for operations other than dialing phone numbers. For example, in some mobile devices, keys can be bound to composing emails, creating calendar appointments, lauching the browser with a certain URL, etc. Typically a "speed dial" or "shortcut" can be used to compose a message to a specific address (e.g., email, SMS, instant message). This concept can be extended to make the speed-message shortcut even more poweful and convenient, which can save the valuable time of the user. A problem faced by mobile email users is that some messages are repetitive such that the user send the same type of message with the same parameters message to the same person on a regular basis. For example: (1) To: Wife Subject: On my way home, see you soon. (2) To: Running Buddies Subject: Are we running today at lunch? What time do you want to leave? (3) To: Me Subject: Pay Mastercard $XX.00 for gas at Above are examples of email messages that might be sent on a regular, and sometimes a daily basis. It would be much more convenient if one could bind a key on the mobile device, for that matter, which would automatically compose and optionally send an email to a prespecified list of recipients, with a prespecified subject and perhaps a body. This invention concerns an extension to "speed messaging," such that a key can be bound not only to the action of composing a new message to a specific recipient; a subject template can be specified for common, repeated messages, and optionally the shortcut can be configured so that the message is automatically sent to the recipient with no further intervention from the user. For example, if a user is heading home from work, simply pressing and holding a key on the phone keypad may result in an message (e.g., email) being automatically sent to the user's spouse or significant other with a predefined subject such as "On my way home." This solves the problem of repetitive messaging which can waste valuable time.

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MESSAGING SHORTCUTS WITH TEMPLATE PARAMETERS

System and Method for Messaging Shortcuts with Template Parameters

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"Speed anything" is an extension of speed dialing, which involves the mobile phone user pressing and holding a key that is bound to a certain phone number, so that pressing and holding the key causes the phone to initiate a call to the said phone number. As for "speed anything," the speed dialing concept is extended to allow key bindings for operations other than dialing phone numbers. For example, in some mobile devices, keys can be bound to composing emails, creating calendar appointments, lauching the browser with a certain URL, etc.

Typically a "speed dial" or "shortcut" can be used to compose a message to a specific address (e.g., email, SMS, instant message).  This concept can be extended to make the speed-message shortcut even more poweful and convenient, which can save the valuable time of the user.

A problem faced by mobile email users is that some messages are repetitive such that the user send the same type of message with the same parameters message to the same person on a regular basis.  For example:

(1)

To:  Wife

Subject: On my way home, see you soon.

(2)

To: Running Buddies

Subject:  Are we running today at lunch?  What time do you want to leave?

(3)

To:  Me

Subject:  Pay Mastercard $XX.00 for gas at <my favourite gas station>

Above are examples of email messages that might be sent on a regular, and sometimes a daily basi...