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Use of dynamically selected prerecorded phrases to verbally communicate on a cellular phone without speaking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015383D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Introduction: Although cellular phones which can vibrate rather than produce an audible ring make it easier to use in public places, engaging in a conversation can still distract or annoy people in the immediate vicinity. Although ideally all phone calls would be placed and received in private locations, the very nature of receiving a call on a mobile phone implies that it could happen anywhere. I describe a simple technique that could be used to complete a trivial conversation on a cellular phone, without actually speaking. This could be particularly beneficial when receiving phone calls in public places such as libraries, theaters, restuarants, conferences, or possibly even uncrowded public and private transportation, without disturbing people near by. The solution is for a mobile phone to provide functionality to prerecord a set of personal verbal messages which are replayed during a conversation at the touch of a button.