System for selective prevention of non-emergency use of an electronic device

  • US 6,690,940 B1
  • Filed: 09/22/2000
  • Issued: 02/10/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/22/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for selectively disabling use of at least one feature of a stand-alone electronic device, the device having a plurality of features, in response to a predetermined set of conditions of the electronic device being satisfied, the system comprising:

  • the stand-alone electronic device comprising having the plurality of features;

    means for establishing a state of the set of conditions as being satisfied or unsatisfied, the predetermined set of conditions comprising conditions indicating location within a predetermined area having a fixed boundary that is independent of a communications network cell boundary;

    means for communicating the state to the electronic device; and

    means for completely disabling the selected feature if the state is satisfied.

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