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Intelligent phone routing based on location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016141D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Aug-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

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When a person enters an office, his cell phone and land line are in no way connected. Phone calls going to the cell phone are not routed to the land line phone or vice versa. The technology described in this disclosure utilizes wireless connectivity and rules routing to forward calls to the appropriate device intelligently. Rules routing is not a unique concept, but the fact that we route based on user location, wireless is unique. Example: A user comes into his office with his cell phone on. The cell phone or pager) and the land phone contain routing rules. When the user enters the office the cell phone and the land phone communicate wirelessly by broadcasting their addresses. The cell phone receives the broadcast from the land phone and checks its rules. It then forwards its calls to the land line phone. The land phone checks its rules, and determines that the cell phone is in its location and stops forwarding to the cell phone. When the user leaves the office with his cell phone, both phones lose the broadcast from each other and check the rules for when the connection is terminated between the two devices. The wireless phone then stops forwarding messages to the land phone based on its rules. The land phone then forwards to the cell phone based on the rules for the land phone. 1