Apple patents mass contact info updates via SMS

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Apple have been awarded another patent, this one related to sending out a mass SMS message to contacts informing them that your phone number has been changed.

The patent, Patent 8,170,588, covers, “A source mobile telephone [that]detects that a telephone number of the telephone has changed to a new number, and in response, sends a text or short message service (SMS) notice message to contacts identified in the mobile telephone to indicate that the source mobile telephone has a new telephone number.”

At least the company has not attempted to patent the process of mass-messaging contacts about a change in cellular number, opting instead to patent a rather novel detection method that automates the process.

Apple’s patent was filed in 2008 and granted yesterday.

Source: Engadget and USPTO

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