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Cell phone availability status

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051630D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Feb-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method by which a cell phone caller can know the availability status of the cell phone receiver before attempting to make a call. Use of mobile cellular phones (cell phones) have become ubiquitous throughout the world. Walk around through any major metro area in North America and you will see someone peering at their cell phone or talking on it. Oftentimes, calls to cell phones occur at inconvenient times for the receiver of the call. Perhaps the receiver is in an important meeting and cannot be disturbed, or is attending a concert. During these times, the receiver can opt to turn off their phone, or put the phone onto a non-ringing tone (such as a vibration mode). But there is no present method for a cell phone caller to know a priori whether the cell phone receiver is available or not.