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Method to extend length of ringing time on a mobile phone before going to voicemail when a change is detected in the amount of light or motion to the device.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237140D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

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Method to extend length of ringing time on a mobile phone before going to voicemail when a change is detected in the amount of light or motion to the device.

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Method to extend length of ringing time on a mobile phone before going to voicemail when a change is detected in the amount of light or motion to the device.

When looking for a phone in a bag or pocket or similar while it is ringing, it would be good for the phone to detect that this is happening (and that the phone is potentially being looked for) and give you more time to find it before it goes to voicemail. Current alternatives include:
- Extending the ring tone in general. This is not ideal as you may not wish your phone to always ring for longer and it means the caller has to wait longer when you are not actually there.

- Calling them back when you find your phone, which is often unsuccessful as they

are in the middle of leaving you a message.

    When the phone starts to ring it detects environmental conditions using sensors. Is it dark? Is the device moving? If these conditions change, for example the device is still at the start of the ringing but starts to move at some point during the call, then a message is sent back to the network to request additional ring time. This is better than extending the ring tone as it means you only need a longer ringing time when it is most useful. This saves time for callers and makes the ringing less of a nuisance to the person being called. It is also better than calling someone back when you do get to the phone, especially if it is from a withheld number or if the person is leaving you a message while you call. It also has...