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Method for Multiple Cellphones in Close Proximity to Interact with One Another

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239256D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-23
Document File: 3 page(s) / 52K

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A Method for Multiple Cell Phones in Close Proximity to Interact with One Another for Phone Calls is Disclosed.

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Method for Multiple Cellphones in Close Proximity to Interact with One Another

Disclosed is a method for multiple cell phones in close proximity to interact with one another for phone calls.

Scenario 1: Many times between family members or between friends, there are instances where 1 person (User 2) runs out of cell phone minutes, whereas others in the group still have cellphone minutes left.

Scenario 2: Also, it may so happen that between two users that know one another - User 1 and User 2, one user - User 1 has a better cell phone plan (more number of minutes available or lower call rates) than User

In both the above scenarios, User 2 is at a significant disadvantage, using his own cell phone (network provider) to make calls, especially when the two users are in close proximity to each other.

In scenario 1, user 2 may not even be able to make any calls using his own cell phone, whereas in scenario 2, User 2 will end up paying more money for a call that he could potentially make using User 1's phone.

As a potential solution User 2 may ask User 1 to lend his phone to make a call. This is an intrusive solution, since, for the amount of time User 1 has lent his phone, he won't either be able to make/ receive any phone calls for himself nor have any data access.

When multiple phones that are in close proximity to each other can interact with each other to route actual telephony calls through one of the selected phones, using Near Field Communications (NFC) protocol mediums like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc. In addition, when such routing should take place and mechanisms to automatically understand the user's requirements are disclosed.

Although the method is scalable to interaction between multiple phones, for the sake of simplicity the method is illustrated, herein, with only two phones. A Server Phone (S) is the phone through which another phone can route a telephony call. A Client Phone (C) is the phone which initiates a telephony call by routing it through another phone (Server phone) which is in close proximity to it.

When a client initiates a call, an interaction would take place between the client phone (C) and the server phone (S). The client and server phones need to be in proximity with each other (e.g. within the confines of a home, or together in a car, etc.) and be capable of connecting with each other using NFC protocols such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.. This interaction between the two phones would ascertain the best possible way (cost, network strength) to make the call and then make provisions to initiate the call using the server phone's minutes if required.

The primary benefits are that the client phone will be able to:

Make calls even when its cell phone minutes have exhausted.

Make cost effective calls if there is another cell phone in proximity to it that has a better tariff plan and has permission from the server phone owner to route the calls through it.

The user of the Server phone (S) will be able to allow other c...