Location Awareness Programmable Ring-Options on Cellular Telephones
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-22
Today's cellular (cell) phones provide the function of setting a variety of ring-options, for example ringer volume and silent ring (vibrate). Although this function is greatly needed, the mechanisms available to adjust these options require operator intervention, and are a manual process. Once a ringer volume is selected it remains set until the user manually choose a different setting. In today's hectic world, cell phone users are too busy or often forget to properly adjust the ringer options on his/her cell phone to fit their schedule. For example, during events where noise is a factor (meetings, in the library, etc) the ringer volume should be set to low or vibrate. On the other hand, in cases where the user is in an environment where noise is prevalent, the ringer volume should be set higher to alert the user of a pending call in a noisy environment. It is proposed that a person's physical location be used in extending the programmability of ring-options on cellular phones.