METHOD FOR ASSIGNING MESSAGE NUMBERS AND SORTING NUMERIC CANNED MESSAGES
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Feb-04
A method of assigning message numbers and sorting user-buildable canned messages in a pager that allows the user to build their own canned messages is described. Canned messages are popular in some countries because senders can still use the phone system to send their mes- sages, but the user has the advantage of seeing an alpha- numeric inessage. Generally with canned messages, the user sends a numeric message, but if a number is pre- ceded by a certain code (e.g. "*4"), the pager will inter- pret this number as a canned message and convert the number that follows to an alphanumeric message (as pre-stored in the pager) that displays on the pager dis- play. Canned messages can be pre-set or canned, and sometimes a combination is used within a pager. Canned messages can also be used in combination with a phone number.