GB2423616A - Card device mounted on a mobile phone battery - Google Patents

Card device mounted on a mobile phone battery Download PDF

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GB2423616A
GB2423616A GB0504078A GB0504078A GB2423616A GB 2423616 A GB2423616 A GB 2423616A GB 0504078 A GB0504078 A GB 0504078A GB 0504078 A GB0504078 A GB 0504078A GB 2423616 A GB2423616 A GB 2423616A
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Christophe Guinet
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NEC Technologies UK Ltd
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
    • G06K19/00Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings
    • G06K19/06Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings characterised by the kind of the digital marking, e.g. shape, nature, code
    • G06K19/067Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components
    • G06K19/07Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components with integrated circuit chips
    • G06K19/077Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
    • G06K19/00Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings
    • G06K19/06Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings characterised by the kind of the digital marking, e.g. shape, nature, code
    • G06K19/067Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components
    • G06K19/07Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components with integrated circuit chips
    • G06K19/077Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
    • G06K19/07737Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier the record carrier consisting of two or more mechanically separable parts
    • G06K19/07739Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier the record carrier consisting of two or more mechanically separable parts comprising a first part capable of functioning as a record carrier on its own and a second part being only functional as a form factor changing part, e.g. SIM cards type ID 0001, removably attached to a regular smart card form factor
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M1/00Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers; Analogous equipment at exchanges
    • H04M1/02Constructional features of telephone sets
    • H04M1/0202Portable telephone sets, e.g. cordless phones, mobile phones or bar type handsets
    • H04M1/026Details of the structure or mounting of specific components
    • H04M1/0262Details of the structure or mounting of specific components for a battery compartment

Abstract

The invention provides for a mobile radio communications device battery (10) arranged to be mounted to a mobile radio communications device (28) and having an engagement formation (18) for the mounting of a card device such as a SIM card (26) thereto and such that the subsequent mounting of the battery (10) also serves to mount, and connect, the SIM card (26) to the device (28).

Description

MOBILE RADIO COMMUNICATiONS DEVICE

AND RELATED BATTERY

The present invention provides for a mobile radio communications device battery and to a mobile radio communications device arranged to receive such a battery.

Mobile radio communication devices, for example cellular phones, currently comprise three separate parts which are to be mutually mounted so as to provide for appropriate electrical and mechanical connection. These parts are the mobile radio communications device itself, a generally releasably-mountable battery, and a card- device module generally in the form of a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card and/or memory card arranged for the storage of user-defined and identifying data.

With regard to currently available radio communication devices such as cellular telephone handsets, the SIM card is arranged to be mounted onto a SIM reader located on the body of the cellular phone handset and which is arranged to be electrically connected thereto by a specific connector.

The battery is also arrange to be mounted onto the cellular phone handset and so as to be electrically connected thereto by way of its own separate releasable mounting arrangement and separate electrical connectors.

Such a known arrangement however can be considered disadvantageous in that the manner of connection between the three aforementioned elements provides for disadvantageous design constraints which are particularly limiting for small scale devices. Also, it can be found that the SIM card is not generally easily mounted and again, such ease of mounting would be further restricted for small scale devices.

Also, the manner of connection between the aforementioned three elements also leads to cost implications.

The present invention seeks to provide for a mobile radio communications device battery, and related mobile radio communications device arranged for receiving for such battery, and which have advantages over known such devices and batteries.

According to one aspect of the present invention there is provided a mobile radio communications device battery arranged to he mounted to a mobile radio communications device and having an engagement formation for the mounting of a card device thereto.

The present invention therefore advantageously serves to reduce the number of mounting connections provided on the mobile radio communications device since only a connection for the battery is then required. The mounting of the card device to the battery, determines that the card device can also be effectively presented to the mobile radio communications device by way of the battery mounting arrangement.

Preferably, the engagement formation lbr the mounting of the card device to the battery is provided in the region of the electrical contacts of the battery by which the battery is arranged to connect electrically to the mobile radio communications device.

Further, the said engagement formations provided for mounting the card device can be located in the region such that electrical contacts of the card device are located next to the electrical contacts of the battery.

In particular, the aforesaid engagement formation is arranged such that, with the card device mounted on to the mobile radio communications device baftery, the electrical contacts of the card device are aligned with electrical contacts of the battery.

In such a manner, the adjacent location of both the electrical contacts for the card device and the electrical contacts for the battery serve to provide fbr an advantageously compact configuration of electrical contacts Ofl the mobile radio communications device to which the battery is to be mounted.

Preferably the aforesaid engagement formation for the mounting of the card device to the mobile radio communications device battery is arranged to provide for a press fit of the card device thereto. As an alternative, or in addition, the aforesaid engagement formation can be provided to allow for a sliding fit of the card device thereto.

According to another aspect of the present invention there is provide a mobile radio communications device having an engagement formation for the mounting of a battery thereto and being arranged such that said engagement formation for the mounting of the battery serves also to mount and locate a card device to the mobile radio communications device so as to achieve electrical connection of both the card device and the battery to the mobile radio communications device.

[he mobile radio communications device then advantageously only has to provide a single engagement formation by means of which the appropriate mechanical and electrical connection between the battery and the card device can be achieved.

Such an arrangement is particularly advantageously provided within a small- scale mobile radio communications device.

Advantageously, the aforementioned mobile radio communications device is arranged to receive a battery in accordance with one or more of the definitions outlined above.

According to a further aspect of the present invention, there is provided a mobile radio communications device having a battery such as that defined above mounted thereto.

Further, the aIbrementioned battery can advantageously have a card device mounted within the engagement formations thereof and thus in connection with the mobile radio communications device.

As will be appreciated from the above, the present invention is advantageous in that, through reducing the number of engagement formations for effectively connecting the three separate amendments discussed above, design constraints for providing separate engagement formations are eliminated. This can, as noted above, prove particularly advantageous for small devices such as watch-format or card- format mobile phones for example.

Through the transfer of the engagement formation of the card device from the radio communications device to the battery, it can prove to be easier for a user to appropriately insert the card. Again such advantages are particularly relevant to small scale devices such as small format cards for example those for the proposed 3FF (third form Iictor) format of SIM card.

Also, the simpli lication in the manner of connection between the abovementioned three separate elements advantageously also enables a reduction in cost.

It should of course be appreciated that the aforementioned card device can comprise a SIM card, a memory card or indeed any form of card device combining such characteristics of otherwise as required.

Thus, as will be appreciated from the present invention, a reduction in the nature and number of the mechanical connectors can be achieved by defining a unique connector arrangement comprising engagement formations on the battery for the mounting of, for example a SIM card, and also on the radio communications device body for effectively receiving both the battery and a SIM card.

With current designs for the connection of the SIM card and battery for a mobile radio communications device not being optimised, the present invention serves to reduce the mechanical design constraints and the cost of the mobile radio communications device optimising the use of a single engagement formation on the body of the mobile radio communications device for effectively receiving both the battery and the SIM card.

The invention is described further hereinafter, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Fig. 1 is a plan view of one embodiment of a battery of the present invention and arranged for the mounting the SIM card thereon; Fig. 2 is a view of the battery similar to that of Fig. 1 and with a STM card mounted thereon; and Fig. 3 is a plan view of the rear of a cellular phone handset arranged for receiving the battery illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2.

Turning first to Fig. 1, there is illustrated a plan view of a battery 10 arranged to be releasably mounted onto the body of the mobile radio communications device in the form of a cellular phone handset.

As usual, the battery 10 includes electrical contacts 12, 14 for providing electrical coimection when mounted to the body of the handset so as to provide the required power thereto.

Also, as an important aspect of the present invention, there is provided a region 16 to which a SIM card required for use of the cellular phone handset is to be mounted. The SIM card (not shown) is in fact arranged to be mounted by way of engagement formations 18 which, in this illustrated embodiment, provide for a sliding fit of the SIM card therein.

In order to allow for the mounting of the battery 10 to the cell phone handset, there is provided end and side engagement!brmations 20, 22 which are arranged to cooperate with corresponding engagement formations of' the cellular phone handset as described later.

With a SIM card mounted at region 16 by way of the engagement formation 18, it will be appreciated that there is no need to provide any specific mounting arrangement for the SIM card on the cellular phone handset itself.

Turning now to Fig. 2, there is illustrated a similar view of the battery 10 to that of Fig. 1 but with a SIM card 24, having an electrical contact region 26, mounted thereon. Thus, in view of the mounting of the SIM card 24 to the battery 10, the said combined elements effectively form a single unit requiring only single engagement formations on the cell phone handset body for engagement to the engagement formations 20, 22 illustrated in Fig. 1. Advantageously, the contact region 26 is located such that the contacts thereof are adjacent to, and aligned with, the electrical contacts 12, l4of the battery.

Turning finally to Fig. 3, there is illustrated the back of a cell phone handset 28 having a region 30 to which the battery of Figs. I and 2 is to be mounted. The handset 28 includes engagement formations 30, 32 arranged to cooperate with the engagement formation 20, 22 of the battery for the mounting of the battery (and thus the SI M card) thereon.

Part of this region 30 is provided with closely located and aligned contacts 34 comprising a first set of electrical contacts 36 and a second set of electrical contacts 38.

The first set of electrical contacts 36 are arranged for making contact to the electrical connector portion 26 of the SIM card 24 mounted onto the battery 10 as illustrated in Fig. 2, and the second set of contacts 38 are arranged to make contact with the battery connectors 12, 14 illustrated in particular in Fig. I and by means of which power is received from the battery. As will be appreciated, the mounting of the electrical connector portion 26 adjacent the battery connectors 12, 14 allows for a closely located and aligned connection arrangement 36, 38 to be provided on the cell phone handset body 28.

l'hus, as will be appreciated particularly from a reference between Figs. 2 and 3, in order to achieve mounting of both the battery and SIM card for effective operational contact with the cell phone handset 28, all that is required is, once the SIM card has been mounted to the battery 10, for the battery to then be mounted, effectively as single unit combined with the SIM card, onto the cell phone handset 28 in a simple single action.

The mechanical and electrical connection features of the cell phone handset body 28 for achieving operational contact both electrically and mechanically to the battery and the SIM card can therefore advantageously be greatly simplified.

It is of course appreciated that the invention is not restricted to the details of the foregoing embodiment. For example the mounting and electrical connection of any required card can be provided for such as a memory card, or indeed a combined flash-memory/STM card.

Claims (14)

  1. Claims 1. A mobile radio communications device battery arranged to be
    mounted to a mobile radio communications device and having an engagement formation for the mounting of a card device thereto.
  2. 2. A battery as claimed in Claim I wherein the engagement formation for the mounting of the card device to the battery is provided in the region of electrical contact of the battery by which the battery is arranged to connect electrically to the mobile radio communications device.
  3. 3. A battery as claimed in Claim 2, wherein the said engagement formations provided for mounting the card device are located in the said region such that electrical contacts of the card device are located next to the electrical contacts of the battery.
  4. 4. A battery as claimed in Claim 3, wherein the said engagement formation is arranged such that, with the card device mounted on to the mobile radio communications device, the electrical contacts of the card device are aligned with electrical contacts of the battery.
  5. 5. A battery as claimed in any one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the engagement formation for the mounting of the card device to the mobile radio communications device is arranged to provide for a press fit of the card device thereto.
  6. 6. A battery as claimed in any one or more of Claims 1 to 4, wherein the said engagement formation is provided to allow for a sliding fit of the card device thereto.
  7. 7. A battery as claimed in any one or more of Claims I to 6, wherein the engagement formation is arranged for the mounting of a SIM card.
  8. 8. A battery as claimed in any one or more of Claims ito 6, wherein the engagement formation is arranged for the mounting of a memory card.
  9. 9. A mobile radio communication device having an engagement formation for the mounting of a battery thereto and being arranged such that said engagement formation for the mounting of the battery serves also to mount and locate a card device to the mobile radio communications device so as to achieve electrical connection of both the card device and the battery to the mobile radio communications device.
  10. 10. A device as claimed in Claim 9, and arranged to receive a battery as defined in any one or more of Claims ito 8.
  11. 11. A mobile radio communications device including a battery as claimed in any one or more of Claims 1 to 8.
  12. 12. A device as claimed in Claim 11 and having a card device mounted within the engagement formations of the battery thereof and thus in connection with the mobile radio communications device.
  13. 13. A mobile radio communication device battery substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to, and as illustrated in, Figs. 1 and 2 of the accompanying drawings.
  14. 14. A mobile radio communications device substantially as hereinbefore before described with reference to, and as illustrated in, Fig. 3 of the accompanying drawings.
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