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A Mechanism That Enhances Regular Short Message Service (SMS) to Poke-and-Pull User Email

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131836D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 9K

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Abstract

With phones/devices that only support regular SMS, whenever a user gets new email in one of his various (Corporate, ISP, Web mail) email accounts, if he wishes to be notified, a regular SMS message can be sent indicating arrival of new mail in his email account. The user then proceeds to manually start up his email client in order to look at his new mail.

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Extending SMS to poke-and-pull user e-mail

A Mechanism That Enhances Regular Short Message Service (SMS) to Poke-and-Pull User Email

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With phones/devices that only support regular SMS, whenever a user gets new email in one of his various (Corporate, ISP, Web mail) email accounts, if he wishes to be notified, a regular SMS message can be sent indicating arrival of new mail in his email account. The user then proceeds to manually start up his email client in order to look at his new mail.

It enhances the user experience by extending regular SMS in such a way that an application on the device/phone can be instructed to start up the email client residing on the device/phone to fetch the user’s email without requiring manual intervention.

On the server side (i.e. the server that notifies the user’s device that he has received a new mail in his email account); we propose to append a special string with the following format:

<keyword><unique email account identifier>

where “<keyword>” is a unique sequence of characters that the client-side application can look for in an SMS message, and “<unique email account identifier>” is a unique identifier for a particular email account that the email client on the device can be instructed to fetch email from.

For example, the SMS message will contain “ID:johndoe@isp.com”

Where the keyword is “ID:” and the unique identifier is johndoe@isp.com.

On the device/phone/client-side, an application residing on...