PAGING SYSTEM HAVING USER PROGRAMMABLE ALERTS
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-27
This invention relates in general to the field of paging systems, and more specifically to those paging systems with selective call receivers having programmable alerts, Selective call receivers (e.g., pagers) are such a part of our lives today that it is common for a selective call receiver to emit an audible alert in a group of people and have more than one person erroneously reach for their receiver with no message received. The confusion stems from a lack of unique audible alert choices available to the user of the selec- tive call receiver. Typically, the selective call receiver is configured by the manufacturer to emit a "standard" audible alert, as programmed at the factory. The 'standard" alert may be configured in hardware or in the read-only-memory (ROM) of a controller within the selective call receiver. Normally, four different "standard" alerts are mapped to four pager addresses for a selective call receiver. These four alerts are reused for similar selective call receivem within the paging system. Therefore, the choices for audible alerts are very limited as perceived by the customer and the probabil- ity that more than one person will confuse the audible alert for their own is relatively high.