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1. WO1996006417 - PAGER PROVIDING DEFINABLE AUDIO WITH THE PAGE

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CLAIMS

1. A system for providing a selective call message including definable audio, the system comprising:

a composer for generating an audio composition in response to input from a selective call message originator;
a paging encoder coupled to the composer for combining the audio composition with message data to form a selective call message;

a radio transmitter coupled to the paging encoder for transmitting the selective call message; and

a receiver for receiving the selective call message, and in response to receiving the selective call message, presenting the message data and concurrently reproducing the audio composition.

2. The system in claim 1 wherein the composer comprises:

an audio tone selector for selecting a sequence of audio tones;

an audio tone generator coupled to the audio tone selector for producing the selected sequence of audio tones; and

an adapter for adapting the selected sequence of audio tones into a form usable by the paging encoder.

3. The system in claim 1 wherein the audio composition comprises a selected sequence of audio tones, and wherein the composer generates the selected sequence of audio tones in response to input from the selective call message originator

4. The system in claim 1 wherein the selective call message comprises a selective call identifier (ID) affiliated with the receiver, the message data and the audio composition, and wherein the paging encoder combines the selective call identifier (ID) affiliated with the receiver, the audio
composition and the message data to form the selective call message.

5. The system in claim 1 wherein the receiver includes a read message selector, whereupon activating the read message selector by a subscriber, the receiver presents the message data and concurrently reproduces the audio composition.

6. A receiver for receiving a selective call message including definable audio, the selective call receiver comprising:

a radio receiver for receiving a selective call message, wherein the selective call message includes message data and an audio composition;

a display for presenting the message data;

an audio generator for reproducing the audio composition; and

a controller operably coupled to receive input from the radio receiver and adapted to provide output to the display and the audio generator, whereupon receiving the selective call message from the radio receiver, the controller obtains the message data and the audio composition from the selective call message, provides the message data to the display and provides the audio composition to the audio generator, thereby presenting the message data on the display and concurrently reproducing the audio composition via the audio generator.

7. The receiver in claim 6 wherein the selective call message
comprises a subscriber identifier (ID) affiliated with the receiver, the message data and the audio composition, and wherein the radio receiver receives the subscriber ID affiliated with the receiver, the message data and the audio composition.

8. The receiver in claim 7 wherein the controller further comprises a subscriber ID verifier, whereupon receiving the selective call message and prior to obtaining the message data and the audio composition, the subscriber ID verifier verifies the subscriber ID is affiliated with the receiver.

9. The receiver in claim 6 wherein the audio composition comprises a selected sequence of audio tones, and wherein the audio generator reproduces the selected sequence of audio tones.

10. The receiver in claim 6 wherein the audio generator generates an audio alert upon receiving the selective call message.

11. The receiver in claim 10 wherein the receiver further comprises a read message selector, whereupon activating the read message selector by a subscriber subsequent to the audio alert, the receiver presents the message data on the display and concurrently reproduces the audio composition via the audio generator.

12. The receiver in claim 6 wherein the receiver comprises a memory, whereupon receiving the selective call message fcom the receiver, the controller obtains the message data and the audio composition and saves the message data and the audio composition in the memory.

13. A method for providing a selective call message including definable audio, the method comprising the steps of :

a) generating an audio composition in response to input provided by a selective call message originator;

b) combining the audio composition with message data to form a selective call message;

c) transmitting the selective call message; and

d) upon receiving the selective call message by a selective call receiver, presenting the message data and concurrently reproducing the audio composition.

14. The method of claim 13 step (a) comprises the steps of

selecting a sequence of audio tones; and adapting the sequence of audio tones in a format suitable for combining with the message data to form the selective call message.

15. The method of claim 14 wherein step (b) further comprises the step of combining a subscriber identifier (ID) affiliated with the selective call receiver, the audio composition and the message data to form the selective call message.

16. The method of claim 13 step (d) comprises the steps of:

providing an audio alert upon receiving the selective call message; and
obtaining the message data and the audio composition from the selective call message prior to presenting the message data and
concurrently reproducing the audio composition.

17. A method in a selective call receiver for receiving a selective call message including definable audio, the method comprising the steps of

a) receiving a selective call message, wherein the selective call message comprises message data and an audio composition;

b) obtaining the message data and the audio composition from the selective call message;

c) presenting the message data; and

d) while displaying the message data, reproducing the audio
composition.

18. The method of claim 17 wherein the selective call message comprises a subscriber identifier (ID), the message data and the audio composition, and wherein step (a) comprises the step of receiving the subscriber identifier (ID), the message data and the audio composition.

19. The method of claim 18 wherein step (b) comprises the step of determining whether the subscriber ID is affiliated with the selective call receiver prior to obtaining the message data and the audio composition from the selective call message;

20. The method of claim 17 , after step (b) and prior to step (c) comprises the steps of:

storing the message data and the audio composition in a memory; providing an audio alert indicating a message has been received; and
upon initiating a read message function by a subscriber, obtaining the message data and audio composition from the memory.