ALPHA-NUMERIC PAGING FROM A TOUCH-TONE TELEPHONE
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-13
With today's display paging systems, the typical customer who wishes to page a display pager from a standard touch-tone telephone is offered limited flexibility. Presently, without the aid of a specialized alpha/numeric paging ter- minal at the sending end, one may only send a simple phone number to a display pager. This system offers the typical end user little information about who is trying to reach him, the subject, the importance, or the urgency of the page. This invention provides a method and system for allowing any alpha/numeric message to be sent from a standard touch- tone telephone offering the added flexibility absent in present systems. The invention offers substantial cost savings by eliminating the cost of a specialized data terminal for each customer wishing to send detailed pages, and also by eliminating unnecessary return calls for each page sent. Although this subject has been explored in several papers in the past, this method attempts to minimize the complexity of the required hardware while maintaining the simplicity of the key press sequences required for simple messages.