Telephone Patents (Class 368/4)
  • Patent number: 8768348
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device—unit (11)—capable of performing the method for providing a mobile station (18) engaged with a telecommunications network (10) with data that is not identical throughout the whole network (10), where a table (27) is maintained in at least one unit (11) of the network (10) associating location dependent data (29) indicative of a location of the mobile station (18) to data that is valid for the mobile station (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Martin Stuempert, Joerg Christian Ewert
  • Patent number: 8576669
    Abstract: A position information acquisition section acquires position information about a mobile terminal, and a storage section stores hour information and position condition information inputted to an interface section in association with each other. When the hour shown by a clock becomes the hour indicated by the hour information stored in the storage section, a comparison section compares the position condition information stored in association with the hour information, with the position information acquired by the position information acquisition section. If the position information corresponds to the position condition information as a result of the comparison, a notification section gives a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Biglobe Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Onda
  • Publication number: 20130265858
    Abstract: An alarm clock system includes an alarm clock setting module, an alarm clock recording module, an alarm clock studying module, a controlling module and an alarm clock. The alarm clock setting module allows a user to set alarm times at which the alarm clock is activated. The alarm clock recording module records the alarm times set by the user during a time period. The alarm clock studying module analyzes the alarm times to determine a regular repeated pattern of the alarm times and a period of the repeated pattern. The controlling module controls the alarm clock setting module to automatically set alarm times for following days in a subsequent period according to the determined pattern of the alarm times and the period of the repeated pattern. A cellphone employing the alarm clock system is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: REN-WEN HUANG
  • Publication number: 20130107673
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method of setting an alarm therein are provided. The mobile terminal includes a controller, a display unit, and a memory unit. The controller controls the display unit to display an alarm setting screen on which alarm dates are arranged in a first direction and alarm time points are arranged in a second direction, the alarm screen being displayed in an alarm setting mode and sets an alarm at a selected time point of each alarm date in response to selection of the alarm time point. The controller also controls the memory unit to store a set alarm on an alarm date and alarm time point. The display unit displays an alarm image at an intersection of an alarm date and an alarm time point of each set alarm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 7984001
    Abstract: A wireless communication system (20) includes a base station controller (22) that receives timing information from a data set (26) that is generated by a neural network (28). The data set (26) allows for generating timing information based upon previous time information received from a GPS (24) and in one example, is capable of covering a time interval of up to two weeks during which effective communication with the GPS may be interrupted. In one example, the data set is continuously updated so that the base station controller (24) continuously has up to two weeks of future time information available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Capece, Behzad D. Mottahed
  • Patent number: 7280844
    Abstract: A plurality of plane antennas 6-1 and 6-2 are embedded in the equipment body section 1, and every time occurrence of reception failure is detected by the internal electronics circuit, switching between the antennas used is established. Spatial diversity through selectively switching and using the plurality of plane antennas 6-1 and 6-2 is performed. Through this, even when reception sensitivity of one antenna in use deteriorates, good reception sensitivity can be gained through switching to another antenna. Thus, this can avoid inconvenience where calls are cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Niigata Seimitsu Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ikeda, Akira Okamoto
  • Patent number: 6464390
    Abstract: A wristwatch with a usable dial, fitted with keys, includes an electronic device to form a multifunctional wrist worn device. The structure of the wristwatch is such that there is enough space to regularly actuate each key with a finger. The part of the multifunctional device providing the time can be shifted to free up the device's body. In particular, this device is characterized by the fact that the device's body, freed up in this way by the shift of the watch, contains, on its periphery, a number of keys that make it possible to easily actuate the electronic device with a finger. This simple device makes it possible to cover and to mask the electronic device's keys when the latter are not being used, the device according to the invention then having the general appearance of a wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Baroche
  • Patent number: 6442106
    Abstract: A curfew timer apparatus for selectively disconnecting a signal line from an appliance. The apparatus includes a base and a timer coupled to the base. The timer is preferably a seven day timer configured to disconnect the signal line from the appliance during said preselected time periods and prevent usage of the appliance. The apparatus also lockable cover coupled to the base to protect and reduce the likelihood of tampering with the switch, the timer, the coupling means, and the connecting means. The base includes a flange surrounding an outer periphery of the base. The flange is configured to extend below a bottom surface of the base to abut a wall surrounding the wall outlet to reduce further the tampering risk. The apparatus further includes a three way switch for selectively continuously disconnecting the signal line from the appliance, continuously connecting the signal line to the appliance, or connecting the signal line to the appliance through the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: Jimmy F. Newby, David W. Douglas
  • Patent number: 6173170
    Abstract: An automobile radio telephone apparatus capable of detecting a drop of power source voltage to prevent a telephone channel from being occupied wastefully and to thereby enhance efficient use of channels with regard to the operation of an automobile radio telephone system. When the power source voltage is lower than a predetermined voltage, the apparatus informs the user of such an occurrence. On the lapse of a predetermined period of time and if a conversation is under way, the apparatus warns the user that it will execute a forcible conversation ending procedure and then executes it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Motoyoshi Komoda
  • Patent number: 5815554
    Abstract: A timing system which permits the operator of the timing system to indicate to others who wish to interact with the operator whether the operator is currently available. If the operator of the device is unavailable, the ting system indicates at what time the operator will be available. A first device on the operator's desk is used for setting the period of time that the operator will be unavailable. A second device is connected to the first device by a communications link and is situated in a location visible to the potential visitors who wish to visit the operator. The second device indicates to visitors whether or not the operator is available and facilitates efficiency in an office environment by not requiring them to travel all the way to the operator's work space. If the operator is unavailable, the second device can also display the time when the operator will be available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventors: Ken L. Burgess, Michael J. Lanning
  • Patent number: 5677895
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for setting timepieces. A system for setting timepieces includes a television signal receiver having a first clock for keeping time in the television signal receiver, a device for extracting a time from a television signal received by the television signal receiver, a device for updating the time kept by the first clock by the time extracted from the television signal, and a first transmitter for transmitting time read from the first clock to a remote controller for setting the time on a second clock for keeping time in the remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: Roy J. Mankovitz
  • Patent number: 5317545
    Abstract: Telephone use control apparatus in which a microcontroller controls the functions of the apparatus and in which the apparatus is provided with batteries to maintain power to the microcontroller and circuitry associated therewith when the the telephone is in operation, and means for providing power from the incoming telephone line to run the apparatus when the telephone is not in use. The incoming power from the telephone line is also usable to recharge the batteries. In addition, the case for the apparatus is made to mount the electrical components without the use of screws, and to permit the assembly of the various parts of the case, also without screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Strauss Trading Corp.
    Inventors: Gary A. Gray, Brian LaRocca, Rodolfo Strauss
  • Patent number: 5251189
    Abstract: A wristwatch radiotelephone having a plurality of substantially rigid members connected end to end in a series. The members are shaped and positioned to allow the members to be arranged in an arcuate array when the apparatus is to be worn on the wrist as a wristwatch, or in a more elongated, substantially straight array when the apparatus is to be used as a hand-held radiotelephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher S. Thorp
  • Patent number: 5164923
    Abstract: Cumulative timers are used in a cellular telephone to record total mobile "ON" time and total transmitter "ON" time. These "ON" times are periodically stored in long term nonvolatile memory. The period is chosen such that a time-limited number of write cycles of the nonvolatile memory are not exceeded over the life of the dual mode subscriber unit. As a consequence of utilizing periodic updates, rather than power-up event driven updates, solves this problem of the limited lifetimes of the nonvolatile memory device is solved. The use of the cumulative timers and its related computational method in a mobile telephone permits factory personnel to calculate actual mean time between failure data based upon customer returns. Timer information provided by the cumulative timers and computational method may also be used to indicate warranty fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Hughes Aircraft Company
    Inventor: Graham Avis
  • Patent number: 5077682
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying duration of a call that is made over a central office line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seog-Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 5062134
    Abstract: A timer for automatically controlling the cumulative service time of a telephone consisting of a box mounted over and plugged into a standard wall telephone outlet. The box contains an exterior receptacle for connection with the telephone cord. The interior of the box is secured by a locked cover that prevents access to the controls as well as to the mounting screws that fasten the unit to the outlet box. The desired total amount of time of phone use permitted during each 24 hour period is selected by setting appropriate control switches and it remains unchanged until a new selection is made. At the expiration of the selected cumulative service time, the timer alerts the user of the impending disconnection by a tone signal and automatically disconnects the phone soon thereafter. The device is powered by a battery backed utility 110 VAC source and it resets itself automatically every 24 hours, so that no periodic adjustments or calibrations are required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Inventor: James M. Laird
  • Patent number: 4473718
    Abstract: According to the present invention a timing device for use with a telephone having a hand held receiver/transmitter replacable on the phone when not in use, is disclosed.The timing device includes a battery operated self zeroing liquid crystal display clock module provided with a normally closed switch. A feeler arm for activation of the clock module is provided which controls the position of the switch and biasing is provided for urging the switch and the feeler arm to close the switch and operate the clock module when no external forces are provided on the feeler arm. The feeler arm is secured within the timing device in a manner whereby a force of sufficient magnitude at the free end of the feeler arm in a direction generally opposed to the direction of the biasing device, causes the arm to open the switch, disconnecting the battery from the clock module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Inventor: Victor A. Ettel
  • Patent number: 4394539
    Abstract: A timepiece with automatic time setting and speed adjusting system can, thru the dial telephone line, call the standard time repeat station to check the standard telephone system standard time. When receiving the time announcement signals from the time repeat station, a separation circuit and a voice signal identification circuit pick up the time calibration signal to calibrate the time and adjust the speed of the timepiece automatically. At the same time, a time differential signal is transmitted to the automatic dialing circuit to connect to the telephone line and store the time to a memory circuit to permit dialing the time repeat station again to process the automatic time setting system and automatic speed adjusting system. In addition, the timepiece is connected to several secondary timepieces which have a simple mechanism and circuit structure so as to assure that there will be no time variation with this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1983
    Inventor: Tsan-chen Chu
  • Patent number: 4335279
    Abstract: To prevent unauthorized or prolonged telephone conversations, a limiting device is attachable to an ordinary telephone set by means of a padlock means with removable key. The device comprises a timer which can be set only when one of the shut-off pushbuttons of the telephone set is depressed. A knob is provided for setting the timer which is enabled to rotate a rotatable member of the timer only after the knob has been depressed. The knob is arranged such that this depression also involves the depression of one of the pushbuttons. The timer is also operative to depress either pushbutton as the preset conversation time expires. With such a device, it is not possible to reset the timer or retard the movement of the timer in order to prolong the conversation time, because such an attempt would unavoidably result in one of the pushbuttons being depressed on the telephone set and the communication being therefore interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1982
    Inventors: Donato Colombo, Lapo Baldacci
  • Patent number: 4260855
    Abstract: An improved telephone timer device which is adapted to be conveniently and readily situated beneath or near a telephone is disclosed. The timer device serves as an automatic stop-clock for telephone calls as well as a manual stop-clock which may be used to measure the time devoted to chores or jobs for which a time record is desired. Display control permits a clock or actual time to be displayed instead of either the time duration of a telephone call or job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Inventor: Morton K. Rubinstein