Announce your intent II

Posted on April 6, 2008

I’ve chatted with a friend of mine about this (and also bragged to him that my blog is now linked by cnn on the article of cybercrime Victory!) and he gave my an interesting thought. The calls may be also categorized as of urgent, normal and low importance.

I’ve also discussed this idea with Cladiu Hulea and together we’ve come up to a very simple idea on how this technology can be successfully implemented. The message announcing your intent could be like an associated sms that is sent along with the call. More or less like the location cell information you can receive on your mobile.

The mobile companies need to do the software protocol that would read both information (the call info and the associated sms) and display them together. I’m not sure how the call info is transmitted over to the phone, but I guess the call will have one byte more that would look like 1 0101110 if there is an associated sms with it (the first 1 – means that the call has an associated sms with it, while the rest will be with an identifier of the sms) or a simple 0 0000000 (if there is no sms associated).

Nokia, Vodafone, Orange, iPhone .. guys, you know I am counting on you :)

What Others Are Saying

  1. ina bixade March 31, 2008 at 12:25 pm


  2. Ruschi March 31, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I would love that kind of feature, you know? 80% of the phone calls I receive, or give, start with ” hi, i’m calling about that problem. … ” and when it is a peaceful and serene day, I don’t really need an announcement before I answer the phone, but when it’s a hectic day, it sure would help me some info

    so maybe vodafone and nokia ceo’s and R&D might read this …

  3. Zoran March 31, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I love it! Honestly! And it actually is an extremely good idea. Much more useful than the location thing that appears on some phones.
    However, the problem is the teenagers with no money would communicate through those (remember the first 3 seconds are free?). However, if you pay a bit more to be able to include an announcement like that, it’s really cool.

  4. Iulia April 22, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I read your article and posted some comments on my blog about the gaps in the suggested implementation.
    Please read it.
    PS: Sorry about the Romanian/ English combination, but I had to respect the native language of my blog.

  5. Ruschi April 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Iulia,

    thank you so much for your tough :) and very documented response to my post. Indeed you are the first one to comment on it from a technical point of view! Many thanks, that makes this idea closer to implementation…

    Please see the answer on you blog as well. :)

    Let me explain my thoughts on your suggestions and comments:

    1) There is a good part in being charged for the sms, because the sms is sent to communicate additional information that would actually help the receiver of the call decide if it is appropiate to answer or not the phone call. i am not sure if you have experienced phone calls from 2 to 2 minutes, with super urgent information each, and from so many domains that you eventually become overwhelmed. i mean i have been talking to a friend of mine that I also work with and go to trainings and stuff… and I eventually ended up being extremely confused on what to expect from his calls.. I am not talking about a relaxed period, but a time when we would talk on the phone at least 20 times a day, and on at least 3 different projects…

    so some times, paying a few extra cents would actually help clear the clutter.

    2) Well, I didn’t know that.. so I guess I should digg some more on this aspect. Thanks for the link you provided, it is extremely interesting… I’ll do some research on the information there.

    3) I have no problem with the GSM system that would not change … maybe there is another way

    4) if the sms would cost, than i do not see a problem with escalating the costs from the phone company. they will be paid in exchange for the info you associate with the call. Another aspect would be that if you don’t want any text to be associated with the call, than you sould be free to call the normal way.

    5) :D oh, please please, what is the solution? As I said, I am not a specialist in telecommunication, so if the specialists would do the implementation, and I would just benefited from it… that would be soo cool :)

    One more thing, I am not very sure what you mean by TIP 1… How come you receive text when receiving an sms… The content of the sms is text, but do you refer to call id? Could you please explain some more?

    Thank you so much for your incisive response ..

    See ya soon!

  6. Iulia April 23, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Hi again, so like I said, the solution for your idea is a plain application that listens the receiving SMSes and the incoming calls and associates the text received in the SMS with the call. On the other side (of the sender) there should be a field to write the text regarding the call.

    I was not able to provide you with an easy solution, because if this solution exists, I was not able to find it. (I doubt there is such possibility :P )

    The TIP1 was indeed about the modification of a received SMS that has the call id replaced with a text, so this might be a tip about making the same type of modification to the phone calls.

    Like I mention on my blog this is not an easy task, especially if you don’t want to implicate the GSM provider, else it’s only a question about who’s charging the money :D

    Best regards,

  7. Ruschi May 2, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Hello hello :)

    I’ve been in a short vacation so to speak, and that is why my answer came so late. Hope you enjoyed your Easter Holiday as well!

    So primarily, you say that if it is for money, than the whole thing it’s done-able? For me, it would be great… I speak on the phone at least 3h and send at least 30 sms’s, that is if the month is not december or april or january (my birthday) or another very busy birthdays/work month :) . Or when we go in vacations so we need coordination with 20 different people or such :D

    So, you see … the mobile phone is an extension of my body :D .

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