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Cell phone availability status Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051630D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Feb-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

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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.

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Cell phone availability status

A method is described by which a cell phone caller can know the availability status of the cell phone receiver before attempting to make a call.

It would be useful if the caller could know ahead of time whether or not the receiver of the call was available, by the caller broadcasting their availability status. In the same way that on Instant Messaging systems (such as Lotus SameTime or Yahoo! Instant Messenger), the message sender can know see the message receiver's availability status, it would be useful if the cell phone call receiver had the capability to send out a broadcast of their status, ie, if the person is available, unavailable, on another call, in a meeting, etc.

A cell phone caller would be able to look through their cell-phone directory and be able to visually see an icon (or hear a pre-selected tone) on the availability status of each person in their directory. In this way, the cell phone caller would know that someone they want to call is unavailable at the moment (perhaps in an important meeting) and cannot take their call, even prior to dialing. This broadcast by the cell phone user of their availability status would also apply to SMS or text messaging. An SMS user attempting to send a text message to another cell phone user, would know ahead of time whether the receiver of the text message is available to see the message instantaneously or not. Additionally, a cell phone user could disallow someone from sending a...