PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DATA TRANSFER VIA TELEPHONE
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09
Xerox Disclosure Journal
An apparatus is disclosed for transferring information such as name, address, and telephone number. The apparatus may be implemented in personal computers, workstations, telephones, or multifunctional devices to reduce the length and cost of telephone service calls or orders. When implemented in a data/fax modem for personal computers, a software routine accepts and maintains the caller information required for transfer. Besides having standard capability, the modem switches between voice and data modes. The modem disconnects in voice mode while the telephone disconnects in the data mode. A connection protocol establishes contact whereupon a receiving device recognizes the protocol and automatically switches to the data mode without the need of an operator taking action. The operator may, however, actuate a switch after receiving an audio tone from the sending device.