Method of delivering a telephone number associated with a

Method of delivering a telephone number associated with a
US006456859B1
(12) United States Patent
(10) Patent N0.:
Desblancs et al.
(54)
US 6,456,859 B1
(45) Date of Patent:
0526981 A2
Sep. 24, 2002
METHOD OF DELIVERING A TELEPHONE
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NUMBER ASSOCIATED WITH A
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TELEPHONE SUBSCRIPTION, AND
TELEPHONE SETS AND MOBILE
TELEPHONES IMPLEMENTING THE
METHOD
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W09112698
8/1991
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WO9219078
10/1992
1-149649
2/1993
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6/1989
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OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Motorola User Manual, Motorola Pan American Cellular
(75) Inventors: Eric Desblancs; Brigitte Coz, both of
Paris (FR)
(73) Assignee: Alcatel Radiotelephone, Paris (FR)
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Notice:
Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this
patent is extended or adjusted under 35
U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
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Field of Search ............................ .. 379/58, 59, 61,
Primary Examiner—Nay Maung
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54.1, 422, 550, 558
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A method of delivering a telephone number associated With
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(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Sughrue Mion, PLLC
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ABSTRACT
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a telephone subscription to the user of a telephone set Within
the conteXt of said subscription, use of said set requiring the
user to provide subscription identi?cation data stored in a
data medium held by the oWner of said subscription and
co-operating With said telephone set. The telephone number
is previously stored in the data medium and is transferred
into the telephone set at the request of the user, to be
delivered to the user of said set, in particular by displaying
it on a screen. The invention is suitable for use in mobile
telephony.
3/1991
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5/1990
9 Claims, 1 Drawing Sheet
U.S. Patent
Sep. 24, 2002
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METHOD OF DELIVERING A TELEPHONE
NUMBER ASSOCIATED WITH A
number on said set, thus making it possible for the set to be
TELEPHONE SUBSCRIPTION, AND
lar subscription, as is the case of a mobile telephone in a
GSM netWork.
completely interchangeable and independent of any particu
TELEPHONE SETS AND MOBILE
TELEPHONES IMPLEMENTING THE
METHOD
According to another aspect of the invention, there is
provided a telephone set including control and processing
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
means, display means, and interface means for co-operating
With a data medium independent of said telephone set and
The present invention relates to a method of delivering a
telephone number associated With a telephone subscription.
It also relates to telephone sets, in particular mobile
telephones that implement the method.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
including subscription identi?cation data, the telephone set
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All telephone users have at some time or another found
implementing the method of the invention, and Wherein a
memory location is provided Within said data medium to
receive the telephone number corresponding to said
subscription, and Wherein the control and processing means
are organiZed to control transfer of said telephone number
from the data medium into the telephone set and to display
it via said display means.
themselves in the situation Where they do not knoW or they
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING
have forgotten the number of the telephone they are using.
The simple and usual Way of solving this problem is to label
Other features and advantages of the invention appear
a telephone With a telephone number. HoWever, that solution
takes it for granted that a given telephone set is capable of
being associated With one telephone number. Unfortunately,
that solution is not acceptable With mobile telephones e. g. of
the kind operating in the conteXt of the neW pan-European
mobile telephone standard knoWn as GSM (Global Service
from the folloWing description given by Way of non-limiting
eXample With reference to the accompanying draWing, in
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for Mobile communication). Under such circumstances, the
concept of “telephone number” is no longer directly asso
ciated With the equipment, but With the subscriber. All of the
data relating to a subscriber is contained in a special module
that is held by the subscriber. Within the GSM standard, the
Which:
FIG. 1 is a simpli?ed diagram of a mobile telephone
provided With a memory card reader and implementing the
method of the invention; and
FIG. 2 is a block diagram shoWing the essential elements
of the mobile telephone and of the card that are involved in
implementing the method of the invention.
MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION
data relating to a subscriber is contained in a subscriber
identity module (SIM) in the form of a smart card that the
A particular implementation of the method of the inven
subscriber inserts into the mobile radiotelephone. This mod
tion is noW described With reference to FIGS. 1 and 2.
ule is essential for making use of a radiotelephone, and it is
With reference to FIG. 1, and by Way of non-limiting
issued to a subscriber When a subscription is taken out for a 35 eXample, consideration is given to a mobile telephone 1
GSM mobile telephone netWork.
generally provided With a keypad, a display device 2, and a
The data contained in the SIM module include directories
of numbers, messages, a personal identi?cation code number
reader 6 suitable for receiving a memory card 3 or a
microcontroller card, or more generally a “smart” card, said
(PIN) that the subscriber must key in When initialiZing use
card including an integrated circuit 8 speci?cally containing
of a mobile telephone, and subscriber identi?cation data for
use by the netWork. It should be observed that none of this
a memory Zone 4 Within the GSM standard, this smart card
identity data bears any relationship With the telephone
3 is called a “subscriber identity module” (SIM) and its
memory Zone 4 holds data relating to the subscriber, and in
number of the subscriber. The utility operating a ?xed or
particular directories of numbers. By Way of eXample, the
mobile telephone netWork is capable of establishing the
correspondence betWeen a subscriber identi?cation number
subscriber’s oWn telephone number N may be stored in one
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of these directories, preferably in a Zone Where Writing takes
place irreversibly.
and a telephone number by using data contained in data
bases of the netWork that are not accessible to the user. Thus,
Within the GSM standard, the fundamental functions of
at present, there is no Way of identifying and supplying a
radiotelephone With the telephone number of its user.
an SIM card, or more generally of an SIM module, are to
store data and to perform algorithms under secure
conditions, and in particular an algorithm for authenticating
OBJECT AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The object of the present invention is to remedy the above
draWback by proposing a method of delivering a telephone
number associated With a telephone subscription to a user 55
ing data betWeen the SIM card 3 and the mobile telephone
1 have already been standardiZed and are implemented
Within the control and processing systems ?tted to mobile
telephones. It is thus possible to Write and read data in the
using a telephone set in the context of said subscription, use
of said set requiring the user to provide said set With
subscription identi?cation data stored in a data medium held
by the oWner of said subscription and co-operating With said
telephone equipment.
memory space of the SIM card 3.
When a subscription is taken out, the telephone number N
of the subscriber may be Written in a predetermined memory
location of the SIM card 3 by the utility, that is to say the
undertaking or organiZation Which administers a ?Xed or
According to the method of the invention, the telephone
number is previously stored in the data medium and is
transferred into the telephone set at the request of the user,
to be delivered to the user of said set.
Thus, the user of a telephone set can discover the tele
the identity of the subscriber. The memory of an SIM card
includes data ?elds, including an administrative data ?eld
and a card identi?cation data ?eld.
It should be observed that the mechanisms for interchang
phone number of the subscription associated With said
mobile telephone netWork.
With reference to FIG. 2, the mobile telephone comprises
telephone set Without it being necessary to label a telephone
hardWare architecture 20 based on a control and processor
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unit 11, eg a microcontroller or any other equivalent
device. The architecture further comprises a smart card
reader device 6, a keypad 7, a screen 2, a power supply
use of said set requiring the user to provide subscription
identi?cation data stored in a data medium held by the oWner
module 18 that generally includes a battery 22 and sWitch-on
set, Wherein the telephone number is stored in the data
medium, Wherein the data medium is removably coupled to
of said subscription and co-operating With said telephone
means, eg an ON/OFF sWitch, and a transmitter/receiver
unit 13 provided With an antenna 21 and associated With a
said telephone set, and Wherein the telephone number only
loudspeaker 14 and a microphone 15. The smart card 3, and
in the present case the SIM card, includes, Within an
integrated circuit 8: at least one memory space 4, a control
and processor unit 11 for performing algorithms and con
trolling data interchanges, and an interface device 23 for
interfacing the card reader 6 Which is under the control of the
control and processing unit 11. Such a card structure is Well
knoWn to the person skilled in the art, and it is described, in
particular, in French patent No. FR 2 266 222.
In addition, in the control softWare of the mobile tele
phone 1, it is also necessary for the management program 16
of the mobile telephone (generally installed in a read-only
memory) to include an additional function 17 for number
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identi?cation number, Wherein the telephone number is
transferred into the telephone set under the control of said set
after the user has been identi?ed and on the request of said
the speci?ed address in the memory of the SIM card 3 and
user.
to cause it to be displayed on the display device 2.
4. Amethod according to claim 1, Wherein the user of the
telephone set causes the transferred telephone number to be
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5. The use of the method according to claim 1 in a mobile
GSM standard.
6. The method according to claim 1, Wherein telephone
number is transferred only at the request of said user, and
only after the data medium is coupled to the telephone set.
7. A telephone set for delivering a telephone number
The “number-reading” function 17 may also be called at
any moment by means of a menu 24 included in the
associated With a telephone subscription to a user of the
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medium independent of said telephone set and including
subscription and identi?cation data; Wherein a memory
location is provided Within said data medium to receive a
telephone number corresponding to said subscription,
Wherein said data medium is removably coupled to said
telephone set, and Wherein the control and processing means
are organiZed to control, at the request of the user, transfer
a liquid crystal screen.
Naturally, the invention is not limited to the eXamples
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8. A telephone set according to claim 7, Wherein the
control and processing means are also organiZed, at any time
during Which the telephone set is in use, to cause the
telephone number to be displayed in response to a request
number Within the data medium may be envisaged.
Furthermore, the data medium may be implemented in
numerous different Ways of different technologies e. g. using
expressed by the user of said telephone set.
9. A mobile telephone according to claim 7, and imple
mented in a mobile communications netWork, in particular
in a netWork in compliance With the GSM standard, in Which
magnetic or optical technologies. Furthermore, the method
of the invention may be implemented by any type of
telephone set, Whether stationary or mobile, providing it is
able to receive a data medium capable of containing a
What is claimed is:
1. A method of delivering a telephone number associated
With a telephone subscription to the user of a telephone set,
of said telephone number only from the coupled data
medium into the telephone set, and to display said telephone
number via said display means.
the above eXamples Without going beyond the ambit of the
invention. Thus, multiple Ways of storing the telephone
telephone number.
telephone set Within the conteXt of said subscription, said
telephone set comprising: control and process means; dis
play means; and interface means for cooperating With a data
“number-reading” function 17 can be called, Whereupon the
telephone number N is transferred from the chip 8 of the
card 3 into the control and processing unit 11 of the
telephone 1, and it is displayed on the display device 2, eg
described above and numerous variants may be applied to
displayed.
telephone netWork, in particular in compliance With the
a bank.
management program 16 and of providing access to various
functions associated With the SIM card. The user is then
asked to select a function, in particular that of verifying the
user’s oWn telephone number. When that function has been
selected, the telephone number is displayed on the screen 2.
After user identi?cation has been completed, the
2. Amethod according to claim 1, Wherein, during a prior
personaliZation sequence for the data medium, the telephone
number is stored in said medium by the utility running the
netWork from Which the telephone set depends.
3. A method according to claim 1, in Which use of the
telephone set is subject to the user inputting a personal
reading purposes in order to cause the number to be read at
In a practical implementation of the method of the
invention, When the mobile telephone 1, 20 is sWitched on
by action on the ON/OFF button 19, the user must initially
insert the SIM card 3 in the reader 6 provided for this
purpose and use the keypad 7 to key in a personal identity
number (PIN), as With an automatic teller machine (ATM) in
then is transferred from the coupled data medium into the
telephone set at the request of the user, to be delivered to the
user of said set, and Wherein, after the telephone number has
been transferred into the telephone set, it is displayed on
display means provided in said telephone set.
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the data medium is implemented in the form of a microcon
troller card.
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