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System and Method of Over-the-Air (OTA) Backup and Restore of Saved E-mail Messages on a Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131879D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 10K

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Abstract

To ensure that the low memory management algorithm does not delete an important e-mail from the e-mail message list on a wireless mobile device, the user can opt to save a message, which adds it to a saved-message view.

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BACKUP AND RESTORE OF SAVED MESSAGES

System and Method of Over-the-Air (OTA) Backup and Restore of Saved E-mail Messages on a

Mobile

Device

Disclosed Anonymously

To ensure that the low memory management algorithm does not delete an important e-mail from the e-mail message list on a wireless mobile device, the user can opt to save a message, which adds it to a saved-message view.

Unfortunately, saved messages on mobile devices are not currently backed up and restored over-the-air. Thus, when activating on a new device, a message that was previously saved cannot be restored from the server as a saved message, which may eventually result in its unintended deletion. Thus, loss of potentially important data can occur if the device is used in an environment that lacks a desktop.

When a message is marked as saved on the device, a status update is issued to the server. A “Saved Messages” folder will be automatically created on the server as a user mail folder, if it does not already exist. It may be hidden so that it is not visible to the user, or it may be visible so that messages can be moved in and out of it, or deleted, on the desktop at any time.

When the status update command is received on the server, the message (identified by a reference ID number) will be copied or moved out of its current folder to the "Saved Messages" folder on the desktop. The messages in this folder will be stored indefinitely, unless they are deleted as a result of the user explicitly deleting the message from the saved message list on the device, an action which is synced to the desktop.

During activation, all messages in the Saved Messages folder are included when sent to the device as part of e-mail pre-population. Saved messages will arrive before all other messages to prevent the device memory from becoming full and the device bein...