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E-Name Card Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000143158D
Original Publication Date: 2006-Dec-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2006-Dec-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 34K

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Abstract

Nearly all mobile phones have integrated phonebook. However, there are some drawbacks that sometimes causing inconvenience for the end users. The set-up of new items in the phonebook is not as easy. The manual input of phonebook items can be time-consuming. If a person in the phonebook changes his contact number, and he forgets to inform the owner of the phonebook, he will not get the phonebook updated. Up to now, there are online solutions with online phonebook services based on central databases, but there is no easy way to integrate this online service with personal communication devices very well. End users still need to export and import data by themselves to synchronize the phonebook on their personal communication device.

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E-Name Card Service

Idea: Yuan Bing, CN-Beijing; He Yanfeng, CN-Beijing; Meng Shu, CN-Beijing; Gao Chunyou, CN-

Beijing; Jiang Zhifeng, CN-Beijing

Nearly all mobile phones have integrated phonebook. However, there are some drawbacks that sometimes causing inconvenience for the end users. The set-up of new items in the phonebook is not as easy. The manual input of phonebook items can be time-consuming. If a person in the phonebook changes his contact number, and he forgets to inform the owner of the phonebook, he will not get the phonebook updated.

Up to now, there are online solutions with online phonebook services based on central databases, but there is no easy way to integrate this online service with personal communication devices very well. End users still need to export and import data by themselves to synchronize the phonebook on their personal communication device.

The novel idea can be implemented in 2G, 3G environment, and any other personal communication devices that incorporate contact list functions. Most of the personal communication devices support vCard standard contact format (vCard is an IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) standard, defining the format of electronic business cards - it is widely supported by personal communication devices and PC applications), and the contact information in vCard format can be shared among personal communication devices by multiple means such as infrared, Bluetooth, email, SMS and MMS etc.

This novel method allows that:
(a) Users store and update their own contact information in a centralized database in vCard format ("E-Name Card").

(b) When needed, a user can request the latest E-Name Card of his correspondent person from the central database.

(c) People can exchange their E-Name Card with the assistance of network based services (E- Name Card service).

This new approach is very simple and has least requirements to the user's experience. There are three possible use cases:
1. E-Name Card creating/updating
2. E-Name Card exchanging
3. Contact updating
The last two use cases are in fact sub-use cases of the first use case, because they follow the same operation for the user, and the result will be different depending on the status of user and his correspondent person.

Figure 1 shows the first use case. Therein, "A" is the user, user "B" is the authenticated contact person of "A", and "C" the central database. The procedure is as follows:
1. "A" edits his personal contact information on his personal communication device.
2. "A" sends a message, which wraps his contact information in the vCard to the central database to create/update the entry of "A" in "C".
3. "C" sends the updated contact information of "A" in vCard format to his authenticated contacts (the contact person with whom the user has agreed to share his contact information).

This is an optional o...