(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: Us 7,801,537 B2
Matsumoto et al. (45) Date of Patent: Sep. 21,2010
An image provision device that provides an image exhibiting a distinctive feature of a locality to an address. On receipt from a mobile telephone (la) of a position information mail (21) storing position information of the mobile telephone (la), the image provision device transmits to the mobile telephone (la) a reply mail (39) storing thumbnail images created based on the position information in the position information mail (21). Then, on receipt from the mobile telephone (la) of an image select mail (22) storing a selection resulting from one thumbnail image from the thumbnail images being selected, the image provision device transmits to the address an image mail (40) storing an image based on the selection result in the image select mail (22).
22 Claims, 13 Drawing Sheets