Easy activation of a cell-phone function during a call
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-21
Modern cell phones have a large number of features. Many of these features are activated using a friendly textual or iconic user-interface. The user navigates through the deep nested menus to get to a specific function and to activate it. Most of those functions are available and meaningful when the phone is in idle mode, i.e. the user is not involved in a call. But many of the functions could better be disabled or hidden when the user is managing a voice or data call. For example, the phone or network settings can be edited in the idle mode only, and most of the cell phones do not allow accessing the settings during a call. On the other hand, the call forward feature should be available during a call, because the user may wish to forward the current call to another party.