GB2328835A - Remote access to telephone numbers stored in a telephone set - Google Patents

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GB2328835A
GB2328835A GB9818788A GB9818788A GB2328835A GB 2328835 A GB2328835 A GB 2328835A GB 9818788 A GB9818788 A GB 9818788A GB 9818788 A GB9818788 A GB 9818788A GB 2328835 A GB2328835 A GB 2328835A
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M1/00Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers; Analogous equipment at exchanges
    • H04M1/64Automatic arrangements for answering calls; Automatic arrangements for recording messages for absent subscribers; Arrangements for recording conversations
    • H04M1/65Recording arrangements for recording a message from the calling party
    • H04M1/652Means for playing back the recorded messages by remote control over a telephone line
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M1/00Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers; Analogous equipment at exchanges
    • H04M1/26Devices for signalling identity of wanted subscriber
    • H04M1/27Devices whereby a plurality of signals may be stored simultaneously
    • H04M1/274Devices whereby a plurality of signals may be stored simultaneously with provision for storing more than one subscriber number at a time, e.g. using toothed disc
    • H04M1/2745Devices whereby a plurality of signals may be stored simultaneously with provision for storing more than one subscriber number at a time, e.g. using toothed disc using static electronic memories, i.e. memories whose operation does not require relative movement between storage means and a transducer, e.g. chips

Abstract

A telephone set which has conventional telephone answering functions also has a memory (13, Fig. 1) for storing information, such as contact names or a list of appointments or particularly telephone numbers, and the memory can be remotely accessed to read out information from a selected memory address, the selected information being transferred to the remote access point in the form of a speech message. When the telephone set is in the answering mode and the usual answering message has been given 206, a telephone number in the memory (13) may be remotely accessed by inputting a secret number 207, then inputting an information recall request key 213, and then inputting the required memory address 215 (eg. in the form of an abbreviated dial number) in response to a memory address request announcement message 214. The telephone number stored in the corresponding memory location is then read and converted to a speech message which is transferred 216 to the remote access point. The telephone number in the next memory location may then be accessed by pressing the * key 218, 219, or another telephone number may be accessed by inputting the corresponding memory address 215. The telephone may be a wired telephone connected to the PSTN, or may be a digital cellular telephone.

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REMOTE TELEPHONE NUMBER IDENTIFICATION METHOD BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to a method for recalling telephone numbers stored in a telephone having a memory.

Advanced communications devices have recently become very popular. Almost all homes have one or more telephone numbers, and people need to remember many telephone numbers. However, the number of telephone numbers which a person can remember is limited.

In order to solve such problems, pocket notebooks have generally been used, in which telephone numbers are written down. Recently, portable electronic pocket notebooks have been proposed in which telephone numbers can be kept electronically. In either case, however, there is a limitation in that the telephone numbers can be referred to only when the pocket notebook is carried by the user.

Telephones with a directory function have also been used in homes and offices. Similarly, telephones with an abbreviated dialling function have also been proposed. In either case, several telephone numbers which are frequently used can be registered in a memory within the telephone. These numbers are read from the memory when they are to be dialled.

However, there is a problem involved in such a telephone in that the intrinsic convenience of the telephone is obtained only at a place where the telephone is installed. Users who get used to the function of such a telephone may be likely to only remember the abbreviated dial numbers while forgetting the full telephone numbers associated with the abbreviated dial numbers. Such users are unable to make a phone call to the forgotten telephone numbers unless they carry a separate telephone number pocket notebook or electronic pocket notebook in which those telephone numbers are kept.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention preferably provides a method for audibly transferring information, such as telephone numbers, stored in a telephone, in the form of a speech message.

The information stored in an internal memory of the telephone may thereby become accessible at a place remote from the telephone.

The present invention accordingly provides, in a telephone set, a method for recalling stored information from a memory, comprising the steps of (A) answering an incoming call; (B) detecting an information recall request key input; (C) detecting a key input corresponding to a memory address at which information to be recalled is stored in the memory; (D) reading the information stored at the memory address corresponding to the key input; and (E) transferring the read information, in the form of a speech message.

The step of answering the incoming call preferably comprises the step of detecting a predetermined number of consecutive incoming ring signals.

The method preferably further comprises, between steps (A) and (B), the step of detecting a secret number input.

The method preferably further comprises, between steps (B) and (C), the step of transferring a speech message requesting a key input corresponding to a memory address at which the information to be recalled is stored.

The key input corresponding to the memory address is preferably an abbreviated dial number.

The method preferably further comprises, after step (A), the step of transferring an answering message when the incoming call is answered.

The method preferably further comprises, prior to step (A), the steps of checking whether or not there is a key input before a predetermined number of incoming ring signals are consecutively detected after an initial incoming ring signal detection, and switching the telephone set to a call service mode if the key input is sensed before the predetermined number of incoming ring signals are detected.

The step (A) preferably comprises the step of answering the incoming call and transferring an answering message, if the key input is not sensed before the predetermined number of incoming ring signals are detected.

The method preferably further comprises the step of detecting whether a predetermined key is input, and: if the predetermined key input is detected, reading information stored at a memory address sequentially following the memory address previously read, and outputting the read telephone number in the form of a speech message; or, if the predetermined key input is not detected, returning to step (C).

The method preferably further comprises, between steps (D) and (E), the step of outputting a speech announcement message requesting a selection of further stored information to be recalled.

The information preferably comprises a telephone number.

The present invention also provides a telephone set comprising a memory and control circuitry, adapted to operate according to the method as described.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Certain embodiments of the present invention will now be described, by way of examples only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Fig. 1 is a block diagram schematically illustrating a digital automatic answering telephone set to which the present invention may be applied; and Fig. 2 is a flow chart illustrating a method for recalling information, such as telephone numbers, stored in a memory of the telephone set of Fig. 1, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Fig. 1 shows a the digital automatic answering telephone set, denoted generally by the reference numeral 10. The automatic answering telephone set includes a microprocessor unit (MPU) 11 for controlling its entire operation. A line interface unit (LIU) 16 is also provided, which is connected to a public switch telephone network (PSTN). The LIU 16 transfers dual tone multifrequency (DTMF) signals for dialling over a telephone line. A coder-decoder (CODEC) 15 is coupled to the LIU 16. The CODEC 15 is also connected to a microphone 19 and a loudspeaker 20. The CODEC 15 carries out an analogue conversion of speech signals for transmission and a digital conversion of received speech signals. An audio RAM 14 is coupled to the CODEC 15 via a digital signal processor (DSP) 12 in order to record a speech announcement message, or speech received from the PSTN.

The automatic answering telephone set 10 also includes an EEPROM 13 for storing telephone numbers, and a ROM 22 for storing not only a program for controlling remote access of telephone numbers stored in the automatic answering telephone set, but also programs and initial data for controlling intrinsic operations of the automatic answering telephone set.

The DSP 12 converts speech data read from the audio RAM 14 and telephone number data read from the EEPROM 13 into corresponding pulse code modulation (PCM) signals, and sends the PCM signals to the CODEC 15.

The automatic answering telephone set 10 further includes a key input unit 17, which is a user interface means provided with numeral keys for dialling and a variety of function keys.

A display unit 18 is provided for displaying the operation state of the automatic answering telephone set, and a power supply unit 21 is provided for supplying a drive voltage to various portions of the automatic answering telephone set.

Fig. 2 is a flow chart illustrating a method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, for remote recall of telephone numbers stored in the memory of the digital automatic answering telephone set 10.

In accordance with this method, it is at first checked at step 201 whether or not the MPU 11 detects an incoming ring signal, indicating an incoming call.

If the MPU 11 detects an incoming ring signal, the procedure proceeds to step 202 at which it is checked whether or not there is any key input, such as a user pressing a 'receive' key to answer the incoming call himself. If a key input is sensed, the procedure proceeds to step 203, where the telephone set is switched to a call service mode.

If no key input is detected, it is checked at step 204 whether or not the telephone set is in an automatic answering mode. If the telephone set is not in the automatic answering mode, the procedure returns to step 201.

On the other hand, if the telephone set is in the automatic answering mode, it is determined at step 205 whether or not a predetermined number of consecutive incoming ring signals have been detected after the initial incoming ring signal detection at step 201.

If the predetermined number of consecutive incoming ring signals has been detected at step 205, the telephone set answers the incoming call. A pre-recorded answering message is transferred at step 206. For example, the answering message may be "I am unable to receive your call now. Please lease a message." At step 207, the MPU 11 checks whether or not a secret number is input. This secret number corresponds to a numeral, or other, code which may be input from the correspondent (the user) who made the incoming phone call from a remote place. The secret number is preferably transferred via the PSTN in the form of a DTMF signal.

If no secret number is input, the procedure proceeds to step 208. At step 208, speech received via the PSTN is recorded. This operation corresponds to a well-known function of an automatic answering machine, incorporated in the above mentioned telephone set, to record a message left by a caller when he makes a phone call in the absence of the user of the automatic answering machine.

On the other hand, where the secret number input is sensed, it is determined at step 209 whether or not the telephone set is disconnected from the PSTN. If the telephone set is disconnected from the PSTN, the procedure proceeds to step 210. At step 210, the telephone set is switched to a standby state.

If the telephone set is still connected to the PSTN, it is determined at step 211 whether or not there is any external control key input. For example, the external control key may be a playback key or rewind key associated with a control operation for the automatic answering machine to hear a recorded message.

If there is an external control key input sensed, a desired operation of the automatic answering machine is executed at step 212. Following step 212, the procedure returns to step 209.

On the other hand, if no external control key input is detected, it is checked at step 213 whether or not there is a telephone number identification key (information recall request key) input. If there is no such key is input, the procedure returns to step 207.

If there is a telephone number identification key input, a speech announcement message is output at step 214. For example, the speech announcement message may be a message such as: "Please input a memory address" or "Please input an abbreviated dial number corresponding to a desired telephone number". When the MPU 11 subsequently detects a DTMF signal received via the PSTN, it interprets the detected DTMF signal, at step 215, to determine the input memory address or abbreviated dial number (hereinafter, referred to as a "memory address"), such as a combination of two numerical keys.

The MPU 11 then accesses the EEPROM 13, and reads the telephone number stored in a memory location corresponding to the input memory address. This telephone number data is then sent to the DSP 12 which, in turn, converts the telephone number data into a corresponding PCM signal in accordance with a desired digital signal processing. The PCM signal is then sent to the CODEC 15 which, in turn, converts the PCM signal into the form of an analogue signal.

The resultant analogue signal is then transferred to the PSTN via the LIU 16. Accordingly, the caller can hear a desired telephone number in the form of a speech message.

For example, the speech message may be a message such as "789-4531 is stored in the XX-th address". The reading of a telephone number in the form of a speech message is executed at step 216.

Following step 216, a speech announcement requesting a selection of further stored data to be recalled is output at step 217. This speech announcement message may be a message such as: "For selection of the next address, please input asterisk (*) key, and for selection of a specific address, input two digits of the address".

If the asterisk key input is detected at step 218, the telephone number stored in a memory location corresponding to the next memory address in sequence is read at step 219.

Subsequently, step 217 is executed again, and a speech message associated with the read telephone number is outputted as described above. The speech message may be a message such as: "280-1283 is stored in the (XX+1)-th address".

If the asterisk key input is not detected, the procedure returns to step 215, where the MPU 11 waits until the caller again inputs a desired memory address.

The remote information recall method of the present invention provides convenience in that telephone numbers or other information stored in a telephone can be audibly recalled at a remote telephone. For instance, a person, who uses an abbreviated dialling function for frequently used telephone numbers can remotely recall the full telephone number of a desired correspondent, so long as he remembers the associated abbreviated dial number.

According to the present invention, it is unnecessary to remember full telephone numbers of a list of correspondents, and is also unnecessary to carry a pocket notebook in which those telephone numbers are kept.

Although the present invention has been described with reference to a certain embodiment applied to a digital automatic answering telephone set, various modifications and variants will be apparent to those skilled in the art, within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims. For example, the invention may be applied to digital cellular telephone sets provided with a vocoder. The information stored in the memory and transferred to the user at a remote telephone may be information other than telephone numbers, such as contact names, or a list of appointments.

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CLAIMS:
1. In a telephone set, a method for recalling stored information from a memory, comprising the steps of: (A) answering an incoming call; (B) detecting an information recall request key input; (C) detecting a key input corresponding to a memory address at which information to be recalled is stored in the memory; (D) reading the information stored at the memory address corresponding to the key input; and (E) transferring the read information, in the form of a speech message.
2. A method according to claim 1 wherein the step of answering the incoming call comprises the step of detecting a predetermined number of consecutive incoming ring signals.
3. A method according to claim 1 or claim 2 further comprising, between steps (A) and (B), the step of: - detecting a secret number input.
4. A method according to any preceding claim further comprising, between steps (B) and (C), the step of: - transferring a speech message requesting a key input corresponding to a memory address at which the information to be recalled is stored.
5. A method according to any preceding claim, wherein the key input corresponding to the memory address is an abbreviated dial number.
6. A method according to any preceding claim further comprising, after step (A), the step of: - transferring an answering message when the incoming call is answered.
7. A method according to any preceding claim further comprising, prior to step (A), the steps of: - checking whether or not there is a key input before a predetermined number of incoming ring signals are consecutively detected after an initial incoming ring signal detection, and - switching the telephone set to a call service mode if the key input is sensed before the predetermined number of incoming ring signals are detected.
8. A method according to any preceding claim, wherein the step (A) comprises the step of: - answering the incoming call and transferring an answering message, if the key input is not sensed before the predetermined number of incoming ring signals are detected.
9. A method according to any preceding claim, further comprising the step of: (E) - detecting whether a predetermined key is input, and: - if the predetermined key input is detected, reading information stored at a memory address sequentially following the memory address previously read, and outputting the read telephone number in the form of a speech message, or - returning to step (C) if the predetermined key input is not detected.
10. A method according to claim 9 further comprising, between steps (D) and (E), the step of: - outputting a speech announcement message requesting a selection of further stored information to be recalled.
11. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the information comprises a telephone number.
12. A method for recalling stored information from telephone set having a memory, substantially as described and/or as illustrated with reference to Fig. 2 of the accompanying drawings.
13. A telephone set comprising a memory and control circuitry, adapted to operate according to the method of any preceding claim.
14. A telephone set substantially as described and/or as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
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