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Use vibration as ringback tone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240174D
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-09
Document File: 4 page(s) / 136K

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Abstract

In this invention, we introduce a method and mechanism to make user sense ringback tone not only in sound or look, we can also exploit another sense -- touch, that is to make phone vibrate to act as the ringback tone. It is greatly helpful if caller is not convenient to look at or listen to his phone, user can just feel if callee is available(vibrating at low frequency) or busy(vibrating at high freqency) or not reachable(no vibration).

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Use vibration as ringback tone


1. Summary


Ringtones are downloaded to and played by your phone. You'll hear a ringtone when someone calls you, provided your phone isn't set to vibrate or silent.

Ringback Tones aren't downloaded to your phone. Instead, the Ringback Tone is played by our network to your callers before you answer the call or the caller is diverted to Voice Mail. The person calling you hears the Ringback Tone.Ringback Tones is a personalization service, which replaces the standard ringing sound for your friends and family to enjoy when they call you. Instead, you choose a song or clip for your callers to hear before you pick up a call or they're sent to Voice Mail.

But under some circumstances, for example, user wants to listen to somebody speaking instead of listening only to the ringback tone; or user does not bring a headphone with him and he does not want to put the phone on his ear because of the instantly increased radiation damage to his head at the moment the phone is answered. Although user can know if the callee answers the phone by monitoring the call status on the phone screen, user sometimes may have something else to look (finding the road sign or crossing a street), he wants to have another way to perceive if the phone is answered.

In this invention, we introduce a method and mechanism to make user sense ringback tone not only in sound or look, we can also exploit another sense -- touch, that is to make phone vibrate to act as the ringback tone.

2. Advantage


Caller can get callee's status earlier and then take further actions earlier.

Reduce the radiation damage at the moment the phone is answered.

Improve efficiency when user wants to do multi things together.

Enhance the user's safety in daily life.


3. Workflows


Picture 1 shows the call flow when setting up a call.


1. Calling Party dials called party's number.

2. Switch gets the request and forwards the call to the called party.

3. At the same time, Switch gets callee's status and sends it back to caller.

4. When caller gets callee's status, ringback tones/busy signal/no signal message will be played.

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Picture 1 Ringback tone call flow

For step #4, current phone can receive the DTMF code and then plays corresponding sound for Ringback Tone...