Hiding Cell phone sensitive data
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
This invention provides a simple cell phone interface that enables a user to add certain phone numbers to a "do not display" list that resides on a cell phone. When the user dials such a number, any additional data entered during a call to that number will not be displayed on the phone's LCD. Additionally, GPS locations may be associated with such numbers so that if the user is in one location the additional data will be displayed on the LCD, but if the user is in some other location and has dialed the number, the additional data will not be displayed. The invention also has a voice recognition mode that allows recognition of spoken commands such as "password" or "pin" and puts the cell phone in a mode so that does not display what is entered for a period of time after the command is recognized, and the call is still in progress. These spoken commands can originate from either side of the call. In addition to these spoken commands, other signals may also be sent by the phone service when a password or pin number is requested which block the display of the data to be entered after such a signal is received.