Mobile instant messaging conferencing method and system

  • US 7,672,255 B2
  • Filed: 03/28/2005
  • Issued: 03/02/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/05/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of initiating a conferencing session among mobile devices that support a data packet-based communications service over a digital mobile network system, the method performed on an initiating mobile device and comprising:

  • transmitting a request to a server'"'"'s network address and listening port to establish a reliable session-based connection;

    establishing the reliable session-based connection with the server;

    requesting, by the initiating mobile device, conference identifying information from the server to identify the conferencing session to other participating mobile devices;

    receiving the conference identifying information from the server through the established reliable session-based connection;

    generating, by the initiating mobile device, an invitation message comprising the server'"'"'s network address and the conference identifying information in order to invite a participating mobile device to participate in the conferencing session;

    transmitting, by the initiating mobile device, the invitation message comprising the server'"'"'s network address and the conference identifying information to the participating mobile device through a page-mode messaging service, wherein the participating mobile device is located by providing to the page-mode messaging service a unique identification number that is used by the digital mobile network system to locate the participating mobile device; and

    participating in the conference session through the reliable session-based connection with the server to communicate with the participating mobile device, which has established its own reliable session-based connection with the server by transmitting its own request, comprising the conference identifying information, to the server'"'"'s network address, wherein the server forwards all communications exchanged among mobile devices participating in the conference session.

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