METHOD TO DEFINE AND SELECT INFORMATION ON DEMAND CHOICES FROM A PAGER
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-09
The information on demand feature in a paging system allows a user to request specific information, whenever it is desired. While this has an advantage over more traditional information services in that the user can receive much more specific, tailored information at any time it is needed, it is limited by the requirement that the user must initiate a request for the information via the pager. This procedure is relatively straightforward for requesting broad cate- gories of information, such as 'Sports', 'Weather', or 'Stocks', but if the user is only interested in a very specific subset of information- say, the cur- rent price of a particular stock or the weather in Marfa, TX, a method is needed to convey this request to the information service provider. This can be difficult when dealing with a simplified user interface with no means of composing text messages to spell out the information desired. The following describes a method to allow a user to set up a user profile with an information service provider to indi- cate what types of specific information the user is interested in, and then to request this information whenever the user wants.