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System and Method for Silencing a Mobile Device in a Sound-Sensitive Environment without Jamming Wireless Data Traffic

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131207D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

In certain environments, a ringing cell phone is the last thing people want to hear. Examples of these environment include restaurants, theatres, and courts. To prevent this from happening, cell phone jammers are starting to be installed. These jammers jam the RF signals between cell towers and cell phones, preventing cell phones from receiving a signal and hence the calls. The problem is that this also prevents wireless handhelds from receiving data services as well. The proposed solution is a system to prevent cell phone ringing in these noise-sensitive environment without affecting the services that the mobile devices provide to their users. The idea is that instead of having a cell phone jammer installed to prevent wireless handhelds from making a connection, there would be cell phone silencers that would force cell phones into a state such that they would no longer ring. These cell phone silencers would force the cell phones into a state such that it would provide no audible notification of an incoming telephone call. It could either vibrate instead of ringing, or it may not notify the user at all of an incoming call. The solution would involve 2 components - a silencer and a compatible wireless handheld. The silencer would send out a wireless signal to all wireless handhelds in a area to notify them that they are in a "quiet" area and that they are to switch to a mode whereby they will not ring when a telelphone call comes in. This communication could be done via any number of wireless communication mechanisms - Bluetooth, 802.11, broadcast SMS. When the wireless handheld receives notification that it is in a quiet area, the cell phone would switch into a user-defined "quiet area" profile where the incoming call notification must be muted, but can be vibrate. Alternatively, the cell phone could override the incoming call notification setting of the currently selected profile such that it was muted. This again could be user-defined as to what kind of incoming call notification override is used.

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PREVENTING CELL PHONES FROM RINGING

System and Method for Silencing a

Mobile

Device in a Sound-Sensitive Environment without Jamming Wireless Data Traffic

Disclosed Anonymously

In certain environments, a ringing cell phone is the last thing people want to hear.  Examples of these environment include restaurants, theatres, and courts.  To prevent this from happening, cell phone jammers are starting to be installed.  These jammers jam the RF signals between cell towers and cell phones, preventing cell phones from receiving a signal and hence the calls.  The problem is that this also prevents wireless handhelds from receiving data services as well.

The proposed solution is a system to prevent cell phone ringing in these noise-sensitive environment without affecting the services that the mobile devices provide to their users.

The idea is that instead of having a cell phone jammer installed to prevent wireless handhelds from making a connection, there would be cell phone silencers that would force cell phones into a state such that they would no longer ring.  These cell phone silencers would force the cell phones into a state such that it would provide no audible notification of an incoming telephone call.  It could either vibrate instead of ringing, or it may not notify the user at all of an incoming call.

The solution would involve 2 components - a silencer and a compatible wireless handheld.  The silencer would send out a wireless signal to all wireless handhelds in a a...