Enhanced wireless handset, including direct handset-to-handset communication mode

  • US 7,693,542 B2
  • Filed: 05/03/2004
  • Issued: 04/06/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/15/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for short-range wireless communications with an object within a short-range wireless communications area of an apparatus, the method comprising:

  • transmitting a query message to the object to determine whether the object is present within the short-range wireless communications area, wherein the query message is transmitted over a first network within the short-range wireless communications area during an active call over a second network different from the first network without disruption to the active call;

    detecting a response from the object to the query message via a channel of the first network, wherein the response is received via the channel based on a permission-to-be-found setting at the object;

    generating a found list that includes the object based on detecting the response therefrom; and

    displaying the found list identifying the object that has been detected within the short-range wireless communications area of the apparatus.

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