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Alert on Callee Availability

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000170048D
Original Publication Date: 2008-May-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-May-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The use of mobile instruments is prevalent in industry today. However, none appears to address the issue of notification about availability of a callee (if callee was not available when caller had tried). The person to be contacted may be traveling and may be out of network coverage. No known solution exists that informs a caller about the availability of a callee, resulting in a caller redialing at regular intervals if callee is not available. The core idea behind this invention is to provide a notification about the availability of a person (assuming that person was not available because he/she may have been out of network/instrument is switched off).

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Alert on Callee Availability

The idea is to provide notification to caller when callee becomes available using some mechanism. The general approach is outlined in the following diagram.

This notification mechanism could vary depending on the capabilities of the service provider and the receiving device. For example, Mobile Service Providers could provide this functionality to their subscribers. When a caller tries to connect to a particular callee and callee is not reachable, the service provider could log this information on their side. The service provider could keep track of the availability of a callee. As soon as callee becomes available, caller could be informed accordingly. Subscriber can enable this service and configure it with various options. For example, once subscribers have this service, they would be able to either enable/disable the service anytime. If the subscriber decided not to allow others to view his/her status then they can disable this service or remove this feature from service provider. Additional feature can be provided by the service provider where subscriber could provide the list (i.e. allow list) to service provider and service provider would provide the filtering function. (e.g. User A has added User B's number in an allow list then User B would be able to see the status of User A but User C won't be able to see...