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A System and Method for Providing Context-Specific Phone Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131200D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 8K

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Abstract

Many employees receive emails and voicemails which contain phone numbers. The standard voicemail system only provides the calling phone number and not the caller’s name. So, it is very difficult to tell who called. This solution would attempt to address that problem by providing context-specific information about the phone number which would enable the user to determine the caller automatically.

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CONTEXT PHONE INFORMATION

A System and Method for Providing Context-Specific Phone Information

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Many employees receive emails and voicemails which contain phone numbers.  The standard voicemail system only provides the calling phone number and not the caller’s name. So, it is very difficult to tell who called. This solution would attempt to address that problem by providing context-specific information about the phone number which would enable the user to determine the caller automatically.

This invention would enable the user to determine more information about the phone number presented on their mobile device. For example, it could use a table to determine what state/province the area code corresponds to.  As well, it could use the switch number of the phone number to determine what city or area the phone number is registered for. Finally, it could use reverse look-up to determine exactly who has registered that phone number. This is a system where there is another context menu for the handheld that shows up when the user clicks on a phone number in an email or webpage. The menu item ("Map It") or ("Get Location") would attempt to retrieve this information and then would present it to the user in a dialog or other fashion.  Note also that it should probably look up the phone number in the user's address book first before using the network to track down more information.