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Sending messages from a computing device

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Sending messages from a computing device


Systems include configuring a first mobile device to enable communication between the first mobile device and one or more processing devices; receiving a message from a computing device that is directed to a second mobile device, where the message is a text message or a voice message, and where the computing device is different from the first mobile device; and routing the message to the first mobile device for transmission to the second mobile device from the first mobile device.
Related Terms: Computing Device Processing Device Processing Devices

USPTO Applicaton #: #20130023243 - Class: 455413 (USPTO) - 01/24/13 - Class 455 
Telecommunications > Radiotelephone System >Message Storage Or Retrieval >Voice Mail

Inventors: Keith J. Coleman, Gabor Cselle

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130023243, Sending messages from a computing device.

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TECHNICAL FIELD

This patent application relates generally to sending messages, such as short message service (SMS) and voice messages, from a computing device.

BACKGROUND

SMS messages are short text messages that may be sent between mobile communication devices, such as cellular telephones. SMS messages may also be sent from computing devices, such as personal computers. For example, Web-based services allow computing devices to send SMS messages.

When an SMS message is sent from a user\'s mobile communication device, the recipient of the SMS message typically sees the source of that SMS message as the number associated with the mobile communication device. This is not the case when text messages are sent from Web-based services. The same is true for voice (VoIP—voice over Internet Protocol) messages sent from a user\'s computer.

SUMMARY

This patent application describes systems and techniques for sending messages, such as short message service (SMS) messages and voice messages, from a computing device.

For example, this patent application describes systems and techniques that may include configuring a first mobile device to enable communication between the first mobile device and one or more processing devices; receiving a message from a computing device that is directed to a second mobile device, where the message is a text message or a voice message, and where the computing device is different from the first mobile device; and routing the message to the first mobile device for transmission to the second mobile device from the first mobile device. The systems and techniques may include any one or more features described in this application, examples of which are as follows.

Configuring the first mobile device may include enabling an operating system of the first mobile device to route messages from the one or more processing devices. Configuring the first mobile device may include transmitting an application to the first mobile device. The application may be for routing messages from the one or more processing devices. A corresponding application executed by the one or more processing devices may synch with the application on the first mobile device to perform the routing. The message may be stored in an inbox so that the message is accessible via an account associated with the first mobile device.

This patent application also describes systems and techniques that may include receiving, from a source device, a first message directed to a mobile device, where the first message is a text message or a voice message; sending the first message to a computing device in response to a request from the computing device; receiving, from the computing device, a second message, where the second message includes a response to the first message, and where the second message is an SMS message or a voice message; and sending the second message to the mobile device for transmission to the source device. The systems and techniques may include any one or more features described in this application, examples of which are as follows.

The systems and techniques may include determining that the mobile device is registered to enable routing of messages via one or more processing devices. The determining may be performed based on an identifier associated with the source device. The systems and techniques may include making the first message accessible for retrieval, and the request may include a network protocol command. Making the first message accessible for retrieval may include storing the first message in an inbox as a hyperlink. Prior to receiving the first message, a message application may be downloaded to at least one of the source device and the mobile device.

All or part of the systems and techniques described herein may be implemented as a computer program product that includes instructions that are stored on one or more non-transitory machine-readable storage media, and that are executable on one or more processing devices. Examples of non-transitory machine-readable storage media include e.g., read-only memory, an optical disk drive, memory disk drive, random access memory, or the like. All or part of the systems and techniques described herein may be implemented as an apparatus, method, or electronic system that may include one or more processing devices and memory to store executable instructions to implement the stated functions.

The details of one or more implementations are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features, objects, and advantages will be apparent from the description and drawings, and from the claims.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a conceptual view of a process for sending messages from a computing device via a mobile device.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a network and components that may be used to perform the process of FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a flowchart showing an example of the process of FIG. 1.

FIG. 4 is a screenshot showing an example of an inbox.

FIG. 5 is a screenshot showing an example of a text message displayed in the inbox.

FIG. 6 is a screenshot showing an example of a reply message displayed in the inbox.

FIG. 7 shows examples of computer devices that may be used to perform the process, or elements thereof, depicted in FIGS. 1 to 6.

Like reference symbols in the various drawings indicate like elements.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130023243 A1
Publish Date
01/24/2013
Document #
13184796
File Date
07/18/2011
USPTO Class
455413
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
04W4/12
Drawings
8


Computing Device
Processing Device
Processing Devices


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