Method and apparatus for disabling the RF functionality of a multi-function wireless communication device while maintaining access to local functionality

  • US 8,175,642 B2
  • Filed: 08/15/2011
  • Issued: 05/08/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method, comprising:

  • transmitting voice communications by a portable communication device over a radio frequency communication link;

    providing, by the portable communication device, a first mode of operation enabling wireless communication functionality and local functionality of the portable communication device;

    providing, by the portable communication device, a second mode of operation disabling the wireless communication functionality and enabling the local functionality of the portable communication device;

    transmitting, by the portable communication device over the radio frequency communication link, a wireless notification message to an external device in response to receiving an input from a user, the wireless notification message notifying the external device that the portable communication device is switching from the first mode of operation to the second mode of operation.

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