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Phone call ring tone to convey the purpose associated with a phone call; also, sending other data along with the call

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198367D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

Described is a method for using phone call ring tones and text messages, as well as photographs or videos, to convey the caller’s purpose to the call receiver.

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Phone call ring tone to convey the purpose associated with a phone call ; also, sending other data along with the call

When someone calls another user, there is always some intention associated with the call. The intention could vary; for example, when a nurse tries to call a patient to inform the patient about a test result. Or when a mom tries to call her son to check on how he is doing. On the caller's side, there is no simple way for the caller to convey call intention when dialing the callee's number. On the callee's side, the callee would get the music or ring tone without knowing the intention of the call -- such information would help him make an informative decision on whether to answer the call or not.

This invention proposes the ability to associate phone metadata information that can convey the purpose of the call with a particular phone call instance. When the phone call is being dialed, the callee will be able to figure out the call intention of the caller before the phone call is answered. This helps the callee decide whether he should answer the phone and what is expected out of the phone call.

Following are options for Implementation of the invention:

Caller conveys their purpose for the call through either voice command or typing into the keypad. If the caller conveys the purpose of the call by saying it out loud, then the voice data either translates into the corresponding texts using voice recognition first, or becomes a recorded message. Then the system sends the text that contains the purpose of the call as a Short Message Service (SMS) text message to the callee.

Caller associates other data with the call, such as a picture or a video. After the caller enters the recipient's phone number, there is an option on a user interface (UI) to associate other data with the call. The sender then types text or records a message. The system either converts the recorded message to text or associates one or more pictures and/or videos with it. When the sender hits Send (or Dial) the call is initiated across the wire or cellular network with the associated data as metadata attachment(s).

A slightly different UI, exemplified f...