Portable telephone apparatus having a plurality of selectable functions activated by the use of dedicated and/or soft keys

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  • US 5,737,394 A
  • Filed: 02/06/1996
  • Issued: 04/07/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/06/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A portable telephone apparatus having a plurality of selectable functions for enabling a number of types of communication in a wireless manner between an operator and at least one person, said apparatus comprising:

  • a plurality of dedicated keys each having at least one respective dedicated function associated therewith;

    one or more changeable keys each having at least one respective changeable function associated therewith, in which the function of each said changeable key is changeable in response to a selected function;

    means for receiving a first message from a first person while said operator is engaged in a telephone conversation with a second person in which said first message is any of a voice message or a text data message and for storing the received first message for subsequent retrieval by said operator;

    means for transmitting a second message to said second person; and

    display means for displaying a plurality of lines of data including the received first message or the transmitted second message.

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