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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1816833 20.09.2007
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001816833
Titel Mobiltelefon mit automatischer Anrufaufnahme
Anmelder Sun, Wen-Hua, Taipei, TW
Erfinder Sun, Wen-Hua, Nankang Dist Taipei 115, KR
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 01.02.2006
EP-Aktenzeichen 060020716
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 08.08.2007
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 20.09.2007
IPC-Hauptklasse H04M 1/656(2006.01)A, F, I, 20070710, B, H, EP

Beschreibung[en]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a mobile phone. More particularly, it concerns a mobile phone with recording function.

2. Description of Prior Art

Mobile phones have become the important tools of communication. In the past, communication was always made at fixed location through fixed network telephones. However, it has been changed into communication at unfixed locations through mobile phones. Spatial limitation of communication has been broken by mobile phones. With the maturity and popularity of mobile communication networks and mobile phones, the conversation quality and additional functions of the mobile phone always keep increasing, however, the costs of phone calling have been low enough to be comparable with fixed telephone, even cheaper. The mobile phone is being used much more frequently than the fixed telephone. There are many people that even use mobile phone as their only communicative tool. Now it can be said that people's dependence upon the mobile phone has exceeded the fixed telephone.

The mobile phones have the advantage of communication everywhere. However, some conventional recording medium such as paper and pen may not be available at a place where the user uses mobile phones. Therefore, mobile phones with voice recording ability are provided to record voice message during conversation. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 5740543 , No. 5867793 and No. 5995824 disclosed mobile phones with voice recording ability, wherein the conversation in phone call is recorded and user can rehear the voice message after finishing the phone call. However, user needs to manually operate some record button to record voice message during conversation when using such conventional mobile phones with voice recording ability. For commercial or professional users needing to record each phone call, it is troublesome. The user may forget to operate the record button or press wrong button. Moreover, the beginning part of a phone call is important to identify the calling party or the called party. For example, the uncertainty in the identification of calling party or the called party is essential when the recorded voice message is used for legal or potentially legal evidence.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is to provide a mobile phone with automatic recording function. The mobile phone with automatic recording function can automatically record a conversation when a phone call dialing or reception starts. Therefore, no voice information including ring tone and ring back tone will be lost.

Accordingly, the present invention provides a mobile phone with automatic recording function, which includes a controller for controlling a voice recorder. The controller automatically activates the voice recorder for voice recording without manual operation when a phone call dialing or reception starts. The controller automatically stops the voice recorder without manual operation when the phone call finishes. The voice record item comprises information such as dial beginning time, call-reception beginning time, conversation beginning time, conversation duration and telephone number of another party for future review and reference.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWING

The features of the invention believed to be novel are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The invention itself however may be best understood by reference to the following detailed description of the invention, which describes certain exemplary embodiments of the invention, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

  • Fig. 1 shows the block diagram of the mobile phone with automatic recording function according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • Fig. 2 shows a flowchart for operating the mobile phone with automatic recording function according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Fig. 1 shows the block diagram of the mobile phone with automatic recording function according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. The mobile phone has a mobile phone circuitry 1, which comprises a receiver 11, a transmitter 12 and a controller 13. The receiver 11 receives an RF signal emitted from a base station (not shown) through an antenna 5. The RF signal is demodulated by the receiver 11 and then sent to the controller 13 for signal processing. The transmitter 12 modulates a signal sent from the controller 13 and then sends the modulated signal to the base station through the antenna 5. The controller 13 is the console for the whole mobile phone circuitry 1 and controls other peripheral circuits. The controller 13 is connected to a keypad 21 for user input and a display 22 for displaying the status and message of the mobile phone circuitry 1. The controller 13 is also connected to an audio circuit 4 for processing an audio signal input from the microphone 42 and processing the audio signal before sending to a loudspeaker 41. The loudspeaker 41 and the microphone 42 are used as earpiece and mouthpiece for the mobile phone circuitry 1, respectively.

A voice recorder 3 is connected to the controller 13 and controlled by the controller 13. The voice recorder 3 is a digital voice recording device and can use solid state nonvolatile memory for a storage medium. The solid state nonvolatile memory, for example, can be flash memory or electrically erasable programmable read only memory (EEPROM). The controller 13 executes phone call receiving and making through the receiver 11 and the transmitter 12. At the beginning of a phone call dialing or reception through the mobile phone circuitry 1, the controller 13 will automatically activate the voice recorder 3 for voice recording without manual operation. When the phone call is finished, the controller 13 will automatically stop the voice recorder 3 without manual operation. Therefore, entire bilateral conversation, including user and another party, can be automatically recorded into a voice record item. Moreover, ring back tone for calling party and ring tone for called party are also recorded in the voice record item. Preferably each voice record item also comprises information such as dial beginning time, call-reception beginning time, conversation beginning time, conversation duration and telephone number of another party for future review and reference. In other word, the voice recorder 3 can be automatically activated for voice recording without manual operation, no matter the user is calling party or called party.

In above preferred embodiment, the voice record starting time is advanced to the dial beginning time or the call-reception beginning time. Therefore, the ring back tone and ring tone can also be recorded. In other words, the unanswered phone calls for calling party or called party can be recorded with ring back tone or ring tone, respectively. Therefore, the calling history with ring back tone and the called history with ring tone can be recorded.

In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the dial beginning time is referred to as the time point when user presses dial key to make phone call or dials number by voice. The call-reception beginning time is referred to as the time point when incoming ring begins to ring.

The inquiry and review of the voice record item can be selected through the keypad 21 and the display 22. The selection index can be the dial beginning time, the call-reception beginning time, the conversation beginning time or the telephone number of another party. When the user has selected a voice record item for review, the controller 13 reads the selected voice record item from the voice recorder 3 and then sends the selected voice record item to the audio circuit 4 and the loudspeaker 41 for playback. It should be known for person having ordinary skill in the art that the voice record item stored in the voice recorder 3 can be sent to another external storage medium through an interface of the mobile phone. Alternatively, the voice record item stored in the voice recorder 3 can be playbacked through an external loudspeaker.

Fig. 2 shows a flowchart for operating the mobile phone with automatic recording function according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. When the mobile phone is at dial beginning time or call-reception beginning time in step S11, the voice recorder 3 is automatically activated for voice recording in step S12. Step 13 judges the end of call-making or call-receiving. When the call is not answered, for example, the calling party hangs up before the called party pick up phone call or the called party rejects phone call, the voice recorder 3 stops voice record in step S16. When the phone call is answered, for example, the called party answers phone call before the calling party hangs up or the called party has answered phone, the voice recorder 3 starts for recording. In step S14, the conversation starts and conversation content is recorded by the voice recorder 3. In step S 15, the conversation is ended and the voice recorder 3 stops voice record in step S16. In this preferred embodiment, the record starting time of the controller 13 is advanced to the dial beginning time and the call-reception beginning time. Therefore, the ring back tone and ring tone before conversation can also be recorded. In other word, the unanswered phone calls for calling party or called party can be recorded with ring back tone or ring tone. Therefore, the calling history with ring back tone and the called history with ring tone can be recorded for user with specific purpose.


Anspruch[en]
A mobile phone with automatic recording function comprising a mobile phone circuit (1) capable of bidirectional communication with a mobile communication network, said mobile phone circuitry (1) comprising a receiver (11) receiving a wireless signal from said mobile communication network, a transmitter (12) sending a wireless signal to the mobile communication network, a controller (13) electrically connected to said receiver (11) and said transmitter (12) and controlling operation of said transmitter (12) and said receiver (11), and a voice recorder (3) electrically connected to said controller (13), characterised in that said controller (13) automatically activates said voice recorder (3) for recording voice into a voice record item at a time said mobile phone circuitry (1) starts to make phone call or starts to receive phone call, and in that said controller (13) automatically stops said voice recorder (3) at a time said conversation finishes, or actions to make phone call or start to receive phone call ends. The mobile phone as in claim 1, characterised in that said voice recorder (3) is a digital voice recording device. The mobile phone as in claim 2, characterised in that said voice recorder (3) uses a solid state nonvolatile memory as a storage medium. The mobile phone as in claim 3, characterised in that said storage medium is a flash memory. The mobile phone as in claim 3, characterised in that said storage medium is an EEPROM. The mobile phone as in claim 1, characterised in that said voice record item comprises at least one of dial beginning time, call-reception beginning time, conversation beginning time, conversation duration and telephone number of another party. A method for automatically recording voice for a mobile phone, said mobile phone comprising a voice recorder (3), said method comprising automatically activating said voice recorder (3) for recording a voice record item when said mobile phone starts to make phone call or starts to receive phone call; and automatically stopping said voice recorder (3) at a time said conversation finishes, or actions to make phone call or start to receive phone call ends. The method as in claim 7, characterised in that said voice record item comprises at least one of dial beginning time, call-reception beginning time, conversation beginning time, conversation duration and telephone number of another party.






IPC
A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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