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Handheld electronic device including automatic mobile phone number management, and associated method

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Handheld electronic device including automatic mobile phone number management, and associated method


A method of updating information included in a handheld device user's contact entry included in a global address list wherein the device stores information of a first type, such as a mobile phone, SMS or MMS number or a PIN. The method includes determining whether the information of a first type has been modified from a first stored piece of information to a second stored piece of information, and generating a message including the second stored piece of information and sending the message to a computer system of the organization if it is determined that the information of a first type has been modified. The computer system stores the second stored piece of information in response to receipt of the message by the computer system for subsequent access by a requesting party. Also provided is an improved handheld electronic device having one or more routines adapted to implement the method.
Related Terms: Handheld Device Computer System Mobile Phone Electronic Device

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Inventors: Darrell R. May, Alain R. Gagne, Kevin Sundberg
USPTO Applicaton #: #20130012247 - Class: 455466 (USPTO) - 01/10/13 - Class 455 
Telecommunications > Radiotelephone System >Auxiliary Data Signaling (e.g., Short Message Service (sms))

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130012247, Handheld electronic device including automatic mobile phone number management, and associated method.

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CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

The present application is a continuation of co-pending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/414,519, filed on Mar. 7, 2012, which is a continuation application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/429,482, filed on May 5, 2006, now U.S. Pat. No. 8,155,682. The content of these applications are hereby incorporated into the present application by reference.

BACKGROUND

1. Technical Field

The embodiments described herein relate generally to handheld electronic devices and, more particularly, to a handheld electronic device and associated method that provides for the automatic updating of a user\'s mobile phone number in an organization\'s global address list.

2. Description of the Related Art

Numerous types of handheld electronic devices are known. Examples of such handheld electronic devices include, for instance, personal data assistants (PDAs), handheld computers, two-way pagers, cellular telephones, and the like. Such handheld electronic devices are generally intended to be portable and thus are relatively small. Examples of handheld electronic devices are included in U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,452,588 and 6,489,950.

Many handheld electronic devices include and provide access to a wide range of integrated applications, including, without limitation, email, telephone, short message service (SMS), multimedia messaging service (MMS), browser, calendar and address book applications, such that a user can easily manage information and communications from a single, integrated device. These applications are typically selectively accessible and executable through a user interface that allows a user to easily navigate among and within these applications.

In addition, handheld electronic devices are often integrated with the computer systems of an organization with which the user of the handheld electronic device is associated. For example, the user may be an employee of a particular corporation, and that user\'s handheld electronic devices may be integrated with the computer systems of the employer corporation. In such cases, the user is typically able to use the handheld electronic device to access an electronic mail system that is operated by that organization to, for example, send and receive emails.

As is known in the art, most electronic mail systems maintain a global address list or book that includes and centralizes contact information for each user in the organization that has an account on the electronic mail system (the term “global addressed list or book” is used herein in a general sense, and is not meant to refer to any particular list or book that is maintained by a particular electronic mail system). In addition, most handheld electronic devices that are integrated with the computer system of an organization are provided with address lookup functionality that enables a user of the handheld electronic device to remotely access and search the global address list or book of the organization to obtain contact information for particular individuals. The contact information that is stored and available to users typically includes the office location (physical address), office phone number and email address of each individual. This enables a user to, for example, readily place a phone call or send an email to another member of the organization.

As is also known in the art, devices, such as handheld electronic devices, that include wireless functionality, such as telephone and data functionality, are provided with a subscriber identity module card (SIM card). A SIM card is a small printed circuit board/chip provided inside the device that contains subscriber details, including the user\'s mobile phone number and other data that identifies the user to a service provider, security information, and memory for a personal directory of numbers. The information contained inside a SIM card may be modified by a user, such as when the user obtains a new mobile phone number. This ability to change SIM card information, and in particular mobile phone number information, outside of the control of an organization with which the user is associated is one reason why mobile phone number information is typically not included in the global address list or book contact entries. It would be useful, however, for users to be able to reliably obtain an accurate, up to date mobile phone number from a global address list or book using the user\'s handheld electronic device. Thus, there is a need for an improved handheld electronic device that provides for the automatic updating of a user\'s mobile phone number in an organization\'s global address list.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A full understanding of the invention can be gained from the following Description of the Preferred Embodiment when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a front view of an improved handheld electronic device according to one embodiment;

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the handheld electronic device of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a block diagram of a system in which the handheld electronic device shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 may be integrated with the computer systems of an organization with which the user of the handheld electronic device is associated; and

FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating an embodiment of a routine performed by the processor of the handheld electronic device shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 for automatically updating of a user\'s mobile phone number in a global address list.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

A method of automatically updating information included in a selected contact entry included in a global list of contact entries maintained by an organization, such as a corporate employer, is provided wherein the selected contact entry is the contact entry of a user of a handheld electronic device. The device includes memory media, such as a SIM card, that stores information of a first type, such as a mobile phone number, a PIN, an SMS number or an MMS number. The method includes determining whether the information of a first type has been modified from a first stored piece of information (such as an old mobile phone number, PIN, SMS number or MMS number) to a second stored piece of information (such as new mobile phone number, PIN, SMS number or MMS number), and generating a message including the second stored piece of information and sending the message to a computer system of the organization if it is determined that the information of a first type has been modified. The computer system stores the second stored piece of information for subsequent access by a requesting party, such as a party seeking information from the global list of contact entries. The selected contact entry may be updated to include the second stored piece of information in response to receipt of the message by the computer system. Alternatively, the second stored piece of information may be stored in a separate table for later access. Also provided is an improved handheld electronic device having one or more routines adapted to implement the method described above.

An improved handheld electronic device 4 in accordance with one embodiment is depicted generally in FIGS. 1 and 2. The handheld electronic device 4 includes a housing 8, a display 12, an input apparatus 16, and a processor 20 (FIG. 2) which may be, without limitation, a microprocessor (μP). The processor 20 is responsive to inputs received from the input apparatus 16 and provides outputs to the display 12. The handheld electronic device 4 is of a type that includes a wireless telephone capability and, as such, includes a SIM card as described below.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130012247 A1
Publish Date
01/10/2013
Document #
13614728
File Date
09/13/2012
USPTO Class
455466
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
04W4/14
Drawings
4


Handheld Device
Computer System
Mobile Phone
Electronic Device


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