Image icon associated with caller ID

  • US 5,907,604 A
  • Filed: 03/25/1997
  • Issued: 05/25/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/25/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. For use in a system including a telephone receiver, a display device, a processor, a storage device, and a user input device, a method for displaying an image in association with a Caller ID identifier, the method comprising the steps of:

  • storing a facial image of a future caller in a storage medium;

    storing an association which indicates that a predetermined Caller ID identifier and the stored facial image are associated;

    using the telephone receiver to receive an incoming call and a corresponding incoming Caller ID identifier;

    using the processor to determine whether the incoming Caller ID identifier matches the predetermined Caller ID identifier;

    using the processor to display the facial image on the display device when it is determined that the incoming Caller ID identifier matches the predetermined Caller ID identifier;

    waiting for an acceptance of the incoming call that is provided from the user input device; and

    automatically causing an effectively permanent disappearance of the facial image from display when the incoming call is not accepted within a predetermined period.

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