Opinion poll utilizing a wireless data transmission connection

  • US 6,418,308 B1
  • Filed: 04/05/1999
  • Issued: 07/09/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/29/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a mobile communication system comprising:

  • a data processing block;

    a service center having a buffer, configured to communicate with the data processing block; and

    a plurality of recipient mobile telephones each assigned to at least one user and each comprising a display and a wireless communication block for communicating with at least one base station of a mobile telephone network;

    a method comprising the steps of;

    entering a query message to the data processing block;

    defining a predetermined answering period for answering to the query message;

    sending the query message from the data processing block over a network to the service center;

    storing the query message in the buffer of the service center;

    attempting to send wirelessly the query message from the service center substantially simultaneously to at least two of the recipient mobile telephones;

    attempting again to send the query message to any of said at least two recipient mobile telephones to which the attempting to send the query message has not succeeded;

    storing at least temporarily the query message at the recipient mobile telephones;

    presenting the query message at each recipient mobile telephone to which said query message has been sent;

    allowing each of the users of each recipient mobile telephone, at a suitable moment for that user, to enter an answer message to the mobile telephone in reply to the query message;

    sending wirelessly over the mobile telephone network the answer message from the mobile telephone to said service center;

    forwarding the answer message from said service center to said data processing block; and

    processing each answer message received within said answering period in a predetermined way in the data processing block.

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