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20130029635USAGE BASED RADIO ACCESS TECHNOLOGY SELECTION - Systems, methods, and apparatus that select a radio access technology based on a usage history are presented herein. A recording component can record, based on a first use of a wireless communication network, information identifying a radio access technology associated with the first use. A selection component can select, in response to receiving a request for a second use of the wireless communication network, the radio access technology for the second use based on the information. A transfer component can determine whether a request for a handover is based on a wireless service coverage. Further, the transfer component can determine whether a request for a reselection is based on the wireless service coverage. Moreover, the selection component can select another radio access technology for the second use in response to the request being based on the wireless service coverage.01-31-2013
20130183927TRANSPORT SYSTEM - Method and system of detecting traffic in a transport network comprising obtaining network usage records from a mobile network. Extracting cell information from the network usage records. Identifying the network usage records originating from moving handsets from the extracted cell information. Matching the identified network usage records with one or more transport routes. Matching each of the one or more transport routes with a transport mode using transport mode map data.07-18-2013
20130183928METHODS OF ANALYSING A CELLULAR NETWORK - There is provided a method of establishing a likelihood of one or more cellular terminal carriers travelling to a predetermined location, using cellular network data. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining network usage records from a cellular network; extracting cell information from the network usage records; establishing terminal carrier routes for cellular terminals that have changed location as determined from the extracted cell information; deriving terminal carrier profile attributes for the terminal carriers that have changed location, based on the established terminal carrier routes; and establishing the likelihood of one or more cellular terminal carriers travelling to the predetermined location, based on the established terminal carrier routes and the derived terminal carrier profile attributes. By combining a terminal carrier route with one or more terminal carrier profile attributes, a more precise and accurate inference of the likelihood of the cellular terminal carrier travelling to a predetermined location, or attending an event, may be obtained.07-18-2013
20130183929LOW RADIATION WIRELESS COMMUNICATOR - A wireless communicator, including a modem operable to transmit and receive voice communication phone calls, and a controller coupled with the modem including a monitor operable to monitor an ongoing call, the controller being operable to restrict operation of the modem, based on data provided by the monitor, when the wireless communicator is not being used in a low radiation listening mode and the ongoing phone call exceeds a pre-designated length of time.07-18-2013
20130183926Apparatus, System and Method for Mobile Terminal Data Analysis and Distribution Utilizing Internal Proxies - A mobile terminal for providing life observations by monitoring data being transmitted to/from the terminal. A mobile terminal proxy works in conjunction with a data collection engine and platform connection settings to detect at least on data object type and forward information relating to the data type to the data collection engine. Various observation logic and triggering rules may be implemented for the data collection. A server arrangement may further utilize context and behavior modeling using observations from plural mobile terminals and guiding the mobile terminals for future observations.07-18-2013
20120184240SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COORDINATING THE COVERAGE AND CAPACITY OF A WIRELESS BASE STATION - A communications base station is installed at a selected new location and the base station, prior to going “online” monitors the wireless traffic from other base stations within interference range of the new base station's coverage area. The new base station also monitors the wireless traffic between mobile devices within its coverage area and these other base stations. Based upon these monitored conditions, as well as other known conditions, the new base station then determines the transmitting parameter configuration it should imply in order to achieve a desired optimization between capacity and coverage area. After the new base station is online, a central control can monitor the entire network to determine if any additional changes are necessary and if so the new transceiver, or any other transceiver, can be instructed to monitor itself with respect to interference and to take corrective action to improve overall network coverage and capacity.07-19-2012
20090088128PREPAID SERVICES ACCOUNTS WITH MULTI-USER CUSTOMERS AND INDIVIDUALIZED QUOTAS - Prepaid services include a multi-user prepaid services account as well as a prepaid balance associated with the account. A plurality of user records associated with the account each includes a quota. A service monitoring component may be configured to repeatedly draw down the prepaid balance by providing one or more allocations of the prepaid balance during a service period to a user associated with a respective user record.04-02-2009
20120244832CONTROLLING, FILTERING, AND MONITORING OF MOBILE DEVICE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, DATA, VOICE, AND APPLICATIONS - Systems and methods for controlling, filtering, and monitoring mobile device access to the internet are disclosed. According to an embodiment a server is responsible for controlling, filtering and monitoring internet activity. For every request, the server interacts with back-end databases that categorize requests, and based on user/carrier/corporate settings, allow or disallow access to particular content.09-27-2012
20130040601USAGE RECOMMENDATION FOR MOBILE DEVICE - Technologies are generally described for usage recommendation for mobile device. In some examples, a method performed under control of a mobile device includes determining whether to recommend using a right ear or a left ear of a user of the mobile device based at least in part on usage information of the right ear and the left ear and notifying the determination of whether to use the right ear or the left ear to the user.02-14-2013
20130115910Systems and Methods of Intelligent Find Me Follow Me Services - An intelligent Find Me, Follow Me (FM/FM) service includes forming, processing, and ordering a list of end points which may be used for searching for a subscriber in a telecommunication system. A typical problem with previous FM/FM services is that the “follow me” portion does not track the usage of a device in order to make the decision on the order of endpoint contact. Example embodiments of the disclosed systems and methods of intelligent FM/FM services include a method of tracking endpoint usage to make an intelligent ordering of the devices in an FM/FM contact group.05-09-2013
20100144310METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR GENERATING RESOURCE UTILIZATION ALERTS THROUGH COMMUNICATION TERMINALS - The cumulative utilization of communication system resources by a communication terminal is determined. An alert is generated through the communication terminal in response to the cumulative utilization exceeding a threshold amount. The cumulative utilization of resources may be determine by a core network of the communication system and/or by the communication terminal. The core network may transmit an alert message to the communication terminal to trigger an alert therefrom in response to the cumulative utilization of resources exceeding a threshold value.06-10-2010
20130090084METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FACILITATING EXCHANGE OF ITEMS IN A NETWORK - A method and system for defining a route between a first user and a second user having respective mobile devices. A communication is established between a backend server (04-11-2013
20090305661MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal as a mobile terminal includes a storage unit which stores an action pattern record table having at least one action pattern registered preliminarily in correlation with addressee information, a control unit which obtains position information of the mobile terminal via a GPS antenna to identify the action pattern based on the position information obtained by a receiver in reference to the stored action pattern record table responding to the request for activating a redial function, and a main display which displays the addressee information in accordance with the priority of the addressee information correlated with the action pattern identified by the control unit in reference to the action pattern record table.12-10-2009
20130072150METHODS AND APPARATUS TO ASSOCIATE A MOBILE DEVICE WITH A PANELIST PROFILE - Methods and apparatus are disclosed to associate a mobile device with a panelist profile. An example method includes initializing a metering application on the mobile device to operate with partial functionality, parsing a message log with the metering application to identify an installation message, extracting a telephone number from the installation message and saving to a memory of the mobile device, sending an initialization message based on the extracted telephone number to prompt an authorization message, and enabling full functionality of the metering application in response to receiving the authorization message.03-21-2013
20130072151EXCHANGE AND COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT METHOD - When a request to start or a request to terminate mobile communication by a mobile communication terminal 03-21-2013
20130072148METHODS AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING DYNAMIC COMMUNICATION OPTIONS - A method and device for providing dynamic communication options on a communications device are provided. The communications device is configured to provide communication services using a plurality of communication methods. The method for providing dynamic communication options comprises: monitoring communications with a contact associated with the communications device and obtaining communication method usage information based on the communication methods used for the communications with the contact; ranking communication methods for the contact based on the communication method usage information; and displaying at least two of the communication methods in an ordered list, wherein the respective positions of the displayed communication methods in the list are determined in accordance with the rankings.03-21-2013
20130072149AUTOMATED DEVICE PROVISIONING AND ACTIVATION - Devices, methods, and computer-readable media for determining that an end-user device is connected to or attempting to connect to the first wireless access network; obtaining an indication that usage of the first wireless access network is associated with a first cost; and, based on one or both of the indication that first wireless access network is associated with the first cost and the determination that the end-user device is connected to or attempting to connect to the first wireless access network, restricting communications associated with a first service activity over the first wireless access network.03-21-2013
20090270067System And Method For Modifying Calling Behavior - A method for modified dialing behavior includes capturing a dialing stream in a virtual input buffer, comparing the dialing stream of the calling party to a history of dialing streams stored in a database, analyzing the history of dialing streams to determine a desired dialing behavior of the calling party, and passing a modified dialing stream to a mobile operating system based on the determined desired dialing behavior of a calling party.10-29-2009
20090081987METHOD OF EARNING CELL PHONE USAGE BY ENGAGING IN EDUCATIONAL ENDEAVORS - A method of earning cell phone usage in the form of either talk time or text messages by engaging in educational endeavors. In order to receive the cell phone usage, the customer must correctly answer questions or complete educational assignments posed to the user through the cell phone or online using a computer. Cell phone usage is earned for correctly answering the questions showing that the educational endeavor has been successfully completed. Failure to answer the questions correctly or to successfully complete the assignments can result in the customer's cell phone usage being curtailed or even cancelled or terminated.03-26-2009
20100093308System and method for automatic data security, back-up and control for mobile devices - Systems and methods for providing security and control of mobile communications device activity including at least one mobile communication device with software operable thereon for receiving rules provided by an authorized user of the device(s) and in accordance with those rules administering actions to provide for controlling and security data stored or generated on the device(s), including logging data and activities related to the mobile communications device, blocking and filtering calls, messages, websites, emails, and combinations thereof, via wireless communication with a remote server computer having a corresponding software module operable thereon for managing and implementing the rules.04-15-2010
20130065551Wireless Network Service Interfaces - A uniform wireless network service selection information exchange interface system is provided to facilitate a consistent user experience across multiple wireless networks that may have different service plan activation or service plan purchase processes. Network detection of service usage anomalies based on device-based data usage reports is provided to enable the network to determine whether an end-user device is likely operating in accordance with the established policy, or whether the end-user device may be operating fraudulently.03-14-2013
20120196563PLAN STRENGTH METER FOR A MOBILE DEVICE - A method and apparatus for tracking user activity on the mobile device, such as voice calls, SMS messages and data downloads. The user activity is tracked against a mobile device plan, which sets limits on the amount of user activity which can take place in a given time period. The amount of activity consumed by the user during the given time period, and how much activity is available for the remainder of the time period is visually indicated on a graphical indicator of the mobile device.08-02-2012
20120238239ACCOUNT HOLDER NOTIFICATION FOR AN INFRACTING MOBILE STATION OR MOBILE DIRECTORY NUMBER (MDN) - A mobile communication network offers notification to an account holder upon occurrence of an infraction of a subscriber selected restriction by operation of one of the mobile stations under the subscriber's account. In the examples, the subscriber can select a directory number/station under the account, a desired one of a number of available restriction options and one or more parameters of the selected restriction. When the mobile communication network detects an infraction, caused by operation of the mobile station through the network, a system or processor obtains a destination address designated for an account holder, for the subscriber's account, such as the directory number for one of the subscriber's stations selected as that of the account holder. The system sends a notification of the infraction intended for the account holder, using the destination address, for example, as a text message sent through the network to the account holder's mobile station.09-20-2012
20090061814COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND MANAGEMENT APPARATUS THEREOF - A communication device (for instance, a portable terminal device) uses a recording medium (UIM) storing specific user information. The communication device is provided with a processing unit (CPU) for acquiring the user information from the recording medium, a registration unit (UIM information registration area) for registering the user information acquired by the processing unit by being related to device identification information for identifying the communication device, and a transmission unit (wireless communication unit) for transmitting the user information and the device identification information to a specific opposite party. From such structure, the user information acquired from the recording medium and the device information of the communication device itself are related and managed.03-05-2009
20080268810Control device, communication terminal device, server device, service providing system, parameter modification method, service providing method, and control method of server device - When a service providing server receives, from a mobile phone or the like owned by a user, a request to modify a parameter defining the performance of a control device provided in an automobile, the service providing server transmits a requested modification command to the control device. The control device modifies the parameter thereof in accordance with the modification command received from the service providing server. Further, the service providing server records a history of the modification command having been transmitted on a user-by-user basis, and settles an account of the user every predetermined period of time, by requesting the user to pay a fee for the modification. Thus, a service provider is able to charge the user for modifying various parameters defining performance of the control device.10-30-2008
20120108200MOBILE DEVICE-BASED BANDWIDTH THROTTLING - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for implementing mobile device-based bandwidth throttling. In one aspect, a method includes receiving policy from a wireless carrier that specifies one or more data usage thresholds allotted by the wireless carrier for data transferred over a wireless carrier network during a predetermined period of time, determining an amount of data that has been transferred by the mobile device over the wireless carrier network during the predetermined period of time, determining that the amount exceeds one or more of the data usage thresholds, and throttling the bandwidth of a mobile device over the wireless carrier network based on determining that the amount exceeds one or more of the data usage thresholds.05-03-2012
20110300827Method and Apparatus of Determining a Minimum Data Rate and a Number of Target Users for a Cellular Radio System - In a method for setting a minimum rate and number of target users for a cell served by a NodeB of a cellular radio system, the maximum value of target users and minimum rate are determined during a cell planning phase.12-08-2011
20110300826REAL-TIME USAGE MONITORING FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A subscriber device receives a message from a network device external to the subscriber device, where the network device implements a first metering engine that meters usage of a network service by a subscriber using the subscriber device and where the message includes the subscriber's usage data. The subscriber device includes a second usage metering engine that receives the subscriber's usage data from the usage synchronization unit, and performs real-time metering of the subscriber's usage of the network service, based on the subscriber's usage data received from the network device and independently of the first metering engine of the network device, to generate real-time usage metering data. The second usage metering engine further outputs the real-time usage metering data to a display at the subscriber device.12-08-2011
20120108199USING PERSONAL WIRELESS DEVICES FOR NETWORK TESTING - A personal wireless device is utilized to carry out measurements of one or more network-performance related metrics in response to a triggering event. The triggering event can be a message that is transmitted by a network element to the personal wireless device. The personal wireless device may be exemplified by a variety of personal devices such as, for example, a cellular phone, or a personal digital assistant (PDA). The measurements may be used to derive network-performance related information such as cellular signal coverage areas, signal hole areas, and signal interference areas.05-03-2012
20110287738Method and Apparatus for Measurement of Active User Devices per Quality-of-Service Class Indicator - Methods, apparatus, and systems for measuring, on a per-QoS-class basis, the average number of user devices active on the uplink of a wireless communication system are disclosed. In an exemplary method, a number of mobile terminals with buffered data for transmission to a base station is estimated based on received buffer status reports. An estimated quantity of active mobile terminals is calculated, based on the received buffer status reports and a number of mobile terminals for which a semi-persistent scheduling grant has been granted. In some embodiments, the estimated quantity of active mobile terminals is estimated on a per-traffic-class basis, in which case the technique includes calculating first and second estimated quantities, corresponding to mobile terminals having active data bearers for first and second traffic classes, respectively, based on the received buffer status reports and the number of mobile terminals for which a semi-persistent scheduling grant has been granted.11-24-2011
20090186597SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING A PHONE BOOK IN A MOBILE PHONE - A method for managing a phone book in a mobile phone is provided. The method sets a priority level for each contact history in a history list based on a type of the contact history, assigns a weight value to each contact history based on the priority level of the contact history. The method further obtains a totalized weight value of each contact by totalizing weight values of all contact histories of the contact, and sorts entries of the contacts in the phone book according to totalized weight values of all the contacts.07-23-2009
20090047927Method for Operating a Radio Network and Subscriber Device for Said Type of Network - There is described a method for operating a radio network for transferring data between several subscribers, in particular, between devices of process instrumentation in an automation system. At least one first subscriber communicates in a telegram the requests thereof relating to the frequency of the data transfer to other subscribers in a starting phase. During network optimization, a configuration device determines, in the radio network and according to the frequency of the requests of other subscribers, at least one communication partner to which a connection comprising the frequency of the data transfer, which is adapted to the other subscribers, is established. As the periods of data transfer are planned, it is possible to switch off the communication interface of the first subscriber in the pauses and also, to save energy.02-19-2009
20110136467Communication Link Connection Indication Signal Method and Apparatus Employing Promotional Content - A wireless communication device (06-09-2011
20120295580Systems and Methods to Detect Fraudulent Payment Requests - Systems and methods are provided to facilitate fraud detection in payments made via mobile communications. In one aspect, a system includes a data storage facility configured to store payment transaction records associated with phone numbers; and an interchange that includes a common format processor and a plurality of converters configured to interface with a plurality of controllers of mobile communications in transmitting premium messages to the phone numbers to collect funds for making payments on behalf of users of the phone numbers. The system includes a fraud detection engine configured to use the payment transaction records to detect a potentially fraudulent activity in payments requested via a phone number and configured to communicate with a server of a telecommunication carrier of the phone number to further process the activity based on an indication of abnormality in the telecommunication usage pattern of a mobile phone at the phone number.11-22-2012
20120295581METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING INFORMATION ABOUT PORTABLE DEVICE USAGE - An example method of collecting information about usage of a mobile device involves monitoring first usage of the mobile device associated with accessing, via the mobile device, a first internet website of a communication service carrier providing a service subscription for the mobile device. The example method also involves monitoring second usage of the mobile device associated with accessing, via the mobile device, a second internet website not of the communication service carrier. The monitoring of the first and second usage is performed on the mobile device. First and second usage information about the first and second usage is collected. The first usage information indicates that the first internet website is an internet portal of the communication service carrier.11-22-2012
20110171930METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING ENERGY SAVING FUNCTION IN COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method and system for supporting an energy saving function in a communication system are provided. An evolved Node B (eNB) Element Management System (EMS) receives usage statistical data from an eNB and compares the usage statistical data with a threshold value. The eNB EMS determines whether to turn on or off power sources of Power Amplifier (PA) units connected to antennas corresponding to sectors included in a serving cell of the eNB according to the compared result, and transmits, to the eNB, a command message directing the eNB to turn on or off power sources of corresponding PA units according to the determined result.07-14-2011
20090275308CONFIGURABLE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A communications device is configured to receive an input from a user device when the communications device is positioned proximate the user device. The user device includes a data store having at least an identifier. The communications device is configured to adjust at least one operational setting within the communications device upon receiving the input.11-05-2009
20090291665Method and apparatus for telecommunication expense management - The user of a handheld wireless communicator, for example a cell phone or so-called smartphone completes a call or email or other communication event. The event is timed by the device or the duration is calculated, or otherwise the event is quantified and the information is stored in for example a log within the device. At the end of the communication event, the telecommunication expense management system provides a pop up user interface asking the user to decide whether to capture the communication event so as to assist in billing the event, to delay capturing the communication event to a future time, to dismiss the communication event as if it had not occurred, or to add the communication event to a list which is of personal interest to the user but which is not in the user's opinion billable or the costs not recoverable or otherwise of a business nature that requires capturing.11-26-2009
20090042535METERING DATA REPORT METHOD FOR DRM SYSTEM - A metering data report method and apparatus of a Digital Right Management (DRM) enabled mobile terminal is provided for improving stability and reliability of metering data report. An information provision method and apparatus of the invention determines whether an amount of metering data accumulated is greater than a threshold amount and transmits, when the metering data amount is greater than the threshold amount, the metering data to a Rights Issuer (RI).02-12-2009
20080280588User Interface Methods, Such as for Customer Self-Support on a Mobile Device - A method for providing a localized, context-sensitive user interface (11-13-2008
20080305764SYSTEM FOR MANAGING A SCOPE OF COMMUNICATIONS OF A COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A system for managing a scope of communications of a communication device is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, communication device having a controller element to receive one or more entries in a contact book of a second communication device, and limit a scope of communications with other communication devices according to the one or more contact book entries received. Additional embodiments are disclosed.12-11-2008
20090191843METHOD OF RECRUITING A NEW SUBSCRIBER TO A COMMUNICATION SERVICES PROVIDER - To recruit a new subscriber to a communication services provider, when a request is received, from a host of an identity module that lacks any portion of a provider profile that associates the identity module with a communication services provider, to provide a customization suite for installing substantially all of the provider profile in the identity module, terms of usage are proposed to the host. If the host consents to the terms of usage, the customization suite is sent to the host.07-30-2009
20090137225SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING ACCESS TO SERVICES OF AN ACCOUNT FOR AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE - The present disclosure described herein relates to a device and method for managing access to a service of an account associated with an electronic device is provided. The method monitors a status of the account. If the account is inactive, then a notification is provided on the device indicating same with an option to reactivate the account. Upon reactivation of the account, access to the service is provided. In the device five modules are provided to: evaluate a status flag associated with the account; generate a notification on a display when the account is inactive; control access to the service related to the account depending on the status flag; generate and send an outbound message from the device to request reactivation of the account when requested; and monitor for receipt of a signal indicating approval of reactivation of the account and to update the status flag.05-28-2009
20090325540ADVANCED VOICE AND DATA OPERATIONS IN A DUAL-MODE MOBILE DATA COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A system and method for integrating voice and data operations into a single mobile device capable of simultaneously performing data and voice actions. The mobile device working in a network capable of exchanging both cell phone calls and data items to the mobile device. By wearing an earphone or an ear-bud device the user is capable of dealing with voice conversations while working with data centric information related to the current caller. By providing a data-centric device with voice capabilities there is a new range of features that allow incoming data events to trigger outgoing voice events.12-31-2009
20100159873METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTERNATIONAL ROAMING AND CALL BRIDGING - Disclosed is an enhanced system and method for bridging calls across telecommunications networks, including an illustrative application of the invention as it relates to international roaming among prepaid wireless subscribers. For instance, whenever wireless subscribers roam internationally they may invoke the system by keying in an Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) short code followed by the number to be dialed. Said subscriber's prepaid account is then decremented in real-time (until such account is fully depleted). A key feature of the disclosure generally is the bridging of the call legs between the wireless subscriber initiating the telephone communication and that of the receiving party through a series of general purpose databases and computers without requiring modifications to existing core network or handset infrastructure06-24-2010
20120077458Module and a Method for Collecting Non-Declarative Information and Implemented by a Telecommunications Terminal - This information collection module implemented in a first telecommunications terminal comprises means for obtaining non-declarative information representative of usage of at least one first application of said first terminal; and means for communicating said non-declarative usage information to a presence server accessible by a second terminal in order to determine a presence status associated with at least one second application of said first terminal.03-29-2012
20090247118System for authentication of network usage - Apparatus for collecting subscription data for subscribers in a telecommunications system for use in metering usage of network resources includes a data storage device operatively arranged to store subscriber records, and a data processor. The subscriber records include a plurality of fields including a group field for storing data indicative of group membership of a subscriber. The data processor is operatively arranged to request access to a remotely accessible information source on the basis of identification data. Responsive to receipt of a response from the remotely accessible information source, the data processor performs a first storage action in respect of a response of a first type and performs a second storage action in respect of a response of a second type. Responsive to receipt of group membership data from the subscriber, the data processor is operatively arranged to identify a remotely accessible information source corresponding to the group and to request access thereto on the basis of identification data associated with the received group membership data. Also, responsive to a response of the first type received from the remotely accessible information source, the data processor is operatively arranged to update the group field in the subscriber record so as to indicate authenticated membership of the group identified in the received group membership data.10-01-2009
20090253404Systems And Methods For Messaging Using A Broadband Connection - Systems and methods for sending and receiving text, or data, messages between wireless communication devices and wireline-messaging devices utilize a broadband connection to the wireline premises as the signaling channel. A message application server sends messages directly to wireline-messaging devices through a digital network, such as the Internet. Such systems and methods include wireline-messaging devices integrated with premises telephones connected to a PSTN, in which the telephones are adapted with thin client software to send and receive data messages.10-08-2009
20100151816METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ASSOCIATING MEDIA DEVICES WITH A DEMOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION OF A GEOGRAPHIC AREA - Example methods and apparatus for associating media devices with a demographic composition of a geographic area are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes receiving a plurality of Internet Protocol addresses assigned to a media device associated with a panel member, determining a most used Internet Protocol address from the plurality of Internet Protocol addresses, accessing geographic information and determining a geographic location corresponding to the most used Internet Protocol address, accessing demographic information and determining a demographic profile associated with the geographic location, and associating at least one of the geographic location or the demographic profile with the media device.06-17-2010
20120231761METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR PROVIDING USER RELATED TRAFFIC STATISTICS - A method in a communication network for providing user traffic statistics on user traffic generated in the communication network is provided, wherein statistics involving a subscribing user being registered to one or more clients one or more other clients is considered. User traffic data being received from a traffic intercepting unit and if any associated data is already stored this data is aggregated with the received data, such that user traffic associated with any client of the subscriber is aggregated. The aggregated and/or received data is then processed on the basis of pre-defined processing criteria, such that updated user traffic statistics on traffic associated with the subscriber is obtained, after which the processed data is stored, such that subsequent distribution of updated traffic statistics can be provided.09-13-2012
20100151817Method And Apparatus For Monitoring Client Behaviour - A method and apparatus for monitoring the behaviour of an individual communication client (06-17-2010
20100159872MOBILE DEVICE WEBSITE VISITOR METRIC SYSTEM AND METHOD - Visits to a website or the like by mobile devices may be logged and counted based upon a subscriber ID or a session ID. If content is accessed via a carrier site, and a subscriber ID is available for the mobile device, the subscriber ID is used to record and count the visit. If the subscriber ID is not available, the session ID is used to record and count the visit. The session ID is attributed to a session that is initiated when content is accessed by the mobile device from the site. The session continues until the mobile device leaves the site. A cookie may also be set with the mobile device, if possible, and used in lieu of the subscriber and session IDs. More accurate measurements of site visits and visitors via mobile devices are afforded.06-24-2010
20090047926Multiple channel automated refill system - An automatic refill system for pre-paid accounts provides enhanced funding flexibility for customers and additional revenue streams for a telecommunication service provider. The automatic refill system solves the technical challenges involved with implementing a scheduled refill channel co-existing with a triggered refill channel for funding a pre-paid account. The scheduled channel regularly refills the pre-paid account. The telecommunication service provider also coordinates funding through a triggered refill channel that refills the pre-paid account when specific conditions are met, such as account balance falling below a threshold.02-19-2009
20100184402MONITORING COMMUNICATION EVENTS INVOLVING A HANDSET IN REAL TIME - Communication networks and methods are disclosed for allowing a party (i.e., a controlling party) to monitor the usage of a handset in real time. The handset being monitored (i.e, a reporting handset) may be involved in one or more communication events, such as initiating or terminating voice calls, initiating or terminating data sessions, sending or receiving text messages, etc. When a communication event occurs involving the reporting handset, a communication event report is generated in the reporting handset or the communication network. The communication event report is then transmitted to a controlling handset of the controlling party so that the controlling party may view the report. Because the communication event report is generated and transmitted to the controlling party responsive to the occurrence of the communication event, the report of the communication event is provided to the controlling party in real time.07-22-2010
20100261450RESOLVED MOBILE CODE CONTENT TRACKING - Various embodiments herein provide at least one of systems, methods, software, and data structures for tracking usage of mobile codes on mobile electronic devices. Some embodiments include tracking mobile code usage locally on mobile electronic devices. Some embodiments include server mechanisms which facilitate mobile code tracking by mobile code tracking processes on mobile electronic devices. Other embodiments are also described.10-14-2010
20130122857DETERMINING APPLICATION USAGE RELATIVE TO A PARTICULAR LOCATION - A mobile device collects information about application usage and associates collected application information with a location of the mobile device and a time that the application is accessed. The application is stored on the mobile device or on an external device and accessed via a network. The application information, location of the mobile device and time the application is accessed are communicated to another device and stored in a storage device which may be operated or managed by a service provider or another entity. The application information may comprise identification of a website, a network device or URL, the application and/or data that is input and/or output from the application. The location of the mobile device and/or the time, are determined utilizing a GNSS receiver and/or utilizing information from a network device. The application information, the location of the mobile device and/or the time may be utilized for targeted advertising.05-16-2013
20130122858Methods, Systems, and Products for Sharing Usage Plans - Shared usage plans are popular with families, friends, and small businesses. These shared usage plans share some cumulative utilization of resources, such as communications services. Even though multiple devices may share a monthly allotment of resources, an individual threshold is established for each device. The multiple individual thresholds may then be dynamically regulated to maintain the monthly allotment of resources.05-16-2013
20100216424System and Method for Adaptive Fair Usage Controls in Wireless Networks - A system and method to determine excessive usage across a base station coverage region for the purpose of ensuring fair usage for all wireless data subscribers. During a configurable time window, subscriber usage is monitored. Subscriber usage above a threshold level is deemed excessive and triggers an operator-defined business rule. Based on the business rule, the subscriber's service may be reduced. The system and method adapts to the number of subscribers within the base station coverage region when making an excessive usage determination. This approach enables bursty data protocols to be fully supported, while detecting excessive usage patterns.08-26-2010
20130130641CONTACT COMMUNICATION TRACKING SYSTEM - Methods, devices, and storage media for tracking communications between a user and a user-selected party; obtaining communication tracking information based on the tracking, wherein the communication tracking information includes a time associated with each communication; calculating a communication gap pertaining to the user-selected party based on the communication tracking information, wherein the communication gap is a period of time that elapsed from a last communication with the other party to a current time; and providing the user with communication gap information in response to receiving a user request.05-23-2013
20130012157METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS DATA FLOW - After receiving a packet data protocol (PDP) activation request signaling from a user equipment (UE), a base station checks whether to activate a local Internet protocol access (LIPA) function for the UE. If yes, the base station informs a core network (CN) for authentication and signaling control. If the user plane data from the UE is allowed to be transmitted via the LIPA, the base station assigns a private IP address to the UE; and the UE access internet via the base station. The base station determines whether user plane data from the UE passes through the CN; and the CN measures Internet service time provided to the UE. If all user plane data transmitted from the UE are allowed to be transmitted via the LIPA, the base station periodically transmits a data packet to the CN to maintain signaling link.01-10-2013
20090068980HIGH-CAPACITY PACKET-SWITCHED RING NETWORK - A system and method permit a customer obtaining communication services to modify account parameters governing terms on which that service is provided. Customer account parameters are stored in one or more databases and accessed by one or more servers. The customer, upon accessing the communication service, is provided with an opportunity to modify the account parameters via automated interactive communication with the server. The invention can applied to wireless communication services such as wireless telephone service, wireless internet access, paging, or other forms of interactive wireless communication; to telephone or other wired interactive communication; to cable services; and to any other form of interactive subscriber communications. The invention may be implemented using existing equipment, and can be optimized for the type of communication device at issue.03-12-2009
20090036092COORDINATED NODE B RADIO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT MEASUREMENTS - The present invention relates to a subscription-based measurement concept where the detailed parameters for a certain measurement report are set by a measurement provider, i.e. a radio base station, instead of the measurement requester. For this purpose the measurement provider “publishes” a certain set of measurements that controller units for radio resource management (RRM) can subscribe to. According to the present invention parameters of measurements are defined in detail in the measuring entity, i.e. the target radio base station, as opposed to being defined by the requesting entity, i. e. the RRM controller.02-05-2009
20110086610DYNAMIC USAGE INEQUITY DETECTION AND/OR REMEDY - The described subject matter relates to an architecture that can dynamically detect and/or automatically remedy service usage inequities in a communications network. In particular, based upon a comparison of incoming call detail records (CDRs) to various subscriber information (e.g., service plan, blacklisted devices for the service plan, historic or current billing cycle usage, etc.), the architecture can identify when a usage inequity occurs or is likely to occur, substantially in real time.04-14-2011
20110244826MOBILE COMMUNICATION PLAN OFFERINGS - A mobile communication plan offering system and method described herein determines one or more best-fit mobile communication plan offers for mobile communication device (“MCD”) users. Subscribers can also be referred to as “mobile subscribers” or “subscribers”. The mobile communication plan offers typically consist of one or more modifications to a plan (also referred to as packs) or a complete plan including a base plan plus a pack and are based on a mobile usage pattern of a subscriber. In at least one embodiment, the mobile communication plan offering system and method analyzes MCD usage behavior of a subscriber, processes the usage behavior and current spending of the subscriber, and determines a mobile communication plan offering that, if adopted, will result in a positive economic benefit to the subscriber compared with the subscriber's current plan.10-06-2011
20110081885Providing Information Pertaining Usage Of A Mobile Wireless Communications Device - When a device, such as a cellular phone, enters into a region, usage information pertaining to usage of devices in the region is provided to the device. For example, restrictions pertaining to usage of cellular phones while driving can be provided. Usage information also can be provided upon request or in accordance with various factors, such as subscriber preferences, elapsed time since the last time usage information was sent to the device, elapsed time since usage regulations have been enacted or updated, and/or the frequency of which the device is in the region. A region can include a geographic region, a political boundary, a country, a state, a municipality, a county, a parish, a township, a building (e.g., school, library, movie theatre, court house, local, state, or federal government building), a public place (e.g., restaurant, bus, train, taxi), a zip code, a telephone area code, or the like.04-07-2011
20100240341METHODS AND APPARATUS TO IDENTIFY WIRELESS SUBSCRIBER ACTIVITY STATUS - Example methods and apparatus to identify wireless subscriber activity status are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes identifying a market of interest associated with wireless services, and creating a list of telephone numbers (TNs) from the identified market of interest. The example method also includes initializing each TN in the list of TNs as dormant, monitoring each TN in the list of TNs during a monitoring duration for an indication of activity, and when the indication of activity is received, associating one of the TNs in the list of TNs with an active status.09-23-2010
20090088127SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING MULTIPLE SIMULTANEOUS CALLS FROM THE SAME PREPAID ACCOUNT - Prepaid services include associating a plurality of users with a prepaid services account. The account is configured to track a prepaid balance associated with the account as well as to allow at least a subset of the plurality of users associated with the account to draw down the prepaid balance at least generally at the same time. Drawing down the prepaid balance includes allocating a portion of the prepaid balance to each respective user, monitoring a provision of service, and repeating, selectively, the allocating and monitoring.04-02-2009
20110076985Data management in telecommunication networks - In a telecommunications network including one or more mobile terminals in communicable relation to a mobile network and a data network such that data from the mobile terminals is transmitted towards the data network via the mobile network, a method of directing data from the mobile terminals towards the data network includes: providing an alternative data route towards the data network which bypasses at least a portion of the mobile network; comparing the data from the mobile terminals with selection criteria; and using the result of the comparison to selectively redirecting at least a portion of the data generated by the mobile terminals onto the alternative data route. The alternative data route may be configured to bypass at least a portion of the core component of the mobile network, and data that is redirected is data which is not required to be processed by the bypassed core network component.03-31-2011
20120202449System and Method for Task Specific, Metered Bandwidth Control Within Shared Client Environment on Mobile Communications Platforms - A method and system are provided for mobile communications. The system includes a first platform (08-09-2012
20100330954METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING USAGE PATTERNS OF A WIRELESS DEVICE - Apparatus and methods for monitoring usage patterns of a wireless device may include a usage monitoring and reporting module operable to monitor and log usage on a wireless device based on a received usage configuration. Further, based on the usage configuration, the wireless device may forward the log to another device operable to analyze the log and generate a usage pattern report viewable by an authorized user.12-30-2010
20100261449Determining Telecommunication Subscriber Metrics - Information associated with a communication is gathered at a switching point during the routing process to determine subscriber metric information associated with an active service identifier. The information relates to the originator of the communication and the target. The information is compared to a provider database to determine a carrier originally associated with the active service identifier. The information is then compared to a porting database to determine if the active service identifier was ported, and if so, to which carrier the active service identifier was ported. A determination can then be made regarding which carrier is associated with the active service identifier. The data may be aggregated for a large amount of switched communications, representing a large amount of active service identifiers for a given market. Thus, a number of subscribers for a given carrier in a given market may be determined.10-14-2010
20110212704SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MEASURE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CLICK TO CALL ADVERTISEMENT - Provided is a method and system for measuring the effectiveness of click to call advertisements or for gathering information from calls made using a click to call service. An agent residing on a user's mobile device monitors communications initiated through click to call advertisements on a mobile device. This agent logs the information gathered from the monitored communications. This information may then be communicated to a remote server. The remote server receives similar logged information from other mobile devices. This collected information can then be used to target or improve targeting of advertisements. The logged information from a plurality of mobile devices for a particular advertised click to call service may be sent to the provider of that service. The provider may then use that information to better target their advertisements or to measure the success of certain click to call advertisements.09-01-2011
20110151831SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENDING THRESHOLD NOTIFICATION IN REAL TIME - A mobile station user is informed of reaching of at least one threshold level of data usage via a wireless communication network in real time. An account of the mobile station user has a maximum data plan limit defined by a user's plan and a data usage balance reflecting an amount of data usage remaining under the plan. When required data usage corresponding to requested data session does not cross the threshold level, all slice of data for the data session is allocated. When required data usage corresponding to the requested data session crosses the threshold level, reduced slice of data is allocated. Data usage is counted in real time during the data session, and a notification of reaching the at least one threshold level of data is sent to the mobile station in real time, at the time when data usage under the mobile station user's account reaches the at least one threshold level.06-23-2011
20120202450ALLOCATION OF RADIO RESOURCES IN A CDMA2000 CELLULAR SYSTEM - A CDMA data transmission system and method for periodically allocating channels to subscriber units, wherein prior to the beginning of any period all active subscriber units are identified that are in communication with the transmitter and for which there are data, exceeding a given minimal quantity, stored in a buffer. For each active subscriber unit one or more priority factors are calculated as a function of associated power levels; and on the basis of the priority factors, at least one channel is allocated to a corresponding active subscriber unit. The channel allocation is repeated in respect of any active subscriber units to which no channels have yet been allocated, subject to an availability of unallocated channels and subject to a limitation of maximum transmitter power.08-09-2012
20080293375Intelligent Information Control Repository - Systems and methods are disclosed for alleviating the network congestion inherent in monitoring several million subscribers' usage by incorporating an Information Control Repository (ICR) at the user-level, ideally within the mobile device in the form of a software program. This Micro Intelligent Information Control Repository (MIICR) augments the user profile typically stored in the network-level IICR. The MIICR collects usage information at the user level such as keystrokes, application usage, and other information, and generates a sub-profile that can be stored on the device itself. This sub-profile may consequently be used to provide the user with an enhanced Adaptive User Interface, that dynamically changes based on the usage of the device. Additionally, the sub-profile may be used in conjunction with the network-level user profile stored on the IICR to provide enhanced services customized for the individual user.11-27-2008
20090029674Method and System for Collecting and Presenting Historical Communication Data for a Mobile Device - Among other disclosures, a method may include collecting historical communication data and personal data relating to a portion of a plurality of communications, a sender of one or more of the communications or one or more recipients of the communications. The method may include depositing the collected data into a repository of historical communication data and personal data. The method may include presenting one or more items in the repository on a mobile device, in response to user behavior.01-29-2009
20090029673DYNAMIC LOCATION-BASED RATING FOR PREPAID CALLS - A method and system for streamlining the calculation of a rate for a prepaid wireless call is provided. A mobile subscriber can be billed at one rate when she is within her home network and at a different rate when she is roaming in another network or can be billed at a special rate if she is within a location subject to the special rate. A time period for charging a call is allocated by the Service Control Point (SCP) and reported to the Mobile Switching Center (MSC) in the case of an outgoing call or a Gateway Mobile Switching Center (GMSC) in the case of an incoming call. A message from the MSC or GMSC to the SCP reporting an expiration of the first time period can contain information regarding a location of the prepaid subscriber. Thus, the next time period allocated by the SCP for the call can be billed at a rate that reflects the mobile subscriber's location at that time as reported by the MSC or GMSC.01-29-2009
20080242262SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MID-CALL MERGING OF MULTI-PROTOCOL CALL MESSAGES ON THE IUB AND IUR INTERFACES IN UTRAN - System and method for combining call records for different protocols into a single combined call record during a call. An embodiment comprises correlating messages having multiple protocol formats, comprising correlating messages complying with a first protocol into a first call record using a first correlation key, correlating messages complying with a second protocol into a second call record using a second correlation key, detecting a key message complying with the first protocol, the key message having a fetch key parameter associated with messages complying with the second protocol, combining data from the second call record into the first call record to create a combined call record, and creating a pointer linking the second call record to the first call record.10-02-2008
20090068979PROVIDING REAL TIME CALL LOG DATA TO A REMOTE CALL LOG FOR CALLS TO AND FROM A MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS - Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products provide call data associated with calls to and from a mobile communications apparatus. The call data supports a web-accessible call log feature that presents a summary of calling activity to a subscriber of communication services. The method involves completing a call to or from the mobile communications apparatus, storing call data associated with the completed call in a memory of the mobile communications apparatus, and substantially in real time, sending the call data to a management server associated with the web-accessible call log feature.03-12-2009
20080214143Method and System for the Collection of Voice Call Statistics for a Mobile Device - A method and system for collecting and tracking statistics of a mobile device having the steps of: adding a call statistics server at an enterprise, the call statistics server adapted to receive call statistics information from one or more mobile devices or adapted to gather call statistics information directly through monitoring call setup, throughput and disconnection traffic; and providing call statistics information to a recipient. The mobile device can then obtain and display the call statistics.09-04-2008
20090239499APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR LOG MANAGEMENT EMPLOYED IN MOBILE STATIONS - A method for log management utilized in a mobile station is provided. The method includes the following steps. An accumulated history log comprising multiple accumulated history records is generated. A menu comprising multiple menu items corresponding to the accumulated history records is displayed. The accumulated history log contains no records representing redundant phone numbers.09-24-2009
20110028123SYSTEM FOR FACILITATING USE OF A SINGLE TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE BY MULTIPLE USERS - A system for facilitating the use of a single telecommunication device by multiple users is disclosed herein. The system includes, but is not limited to, a telecommunication component that is adapted for attachment to a vehicle and that is configured to utilize a telecommunication network that is configured to allot a predetermined amount of usage time units to the telecommunication component. The system also includes an electronic processing device that is associated with the telecommunication component. The electronic processing device is configured to allocate a portion of the usage time units to each user of a plurality of users of the telecommunication component.02-03-2011
20100285772Method and System for Determining Road Traffic Jams Based on Information Derived from a PLMN - A method of estimating traffic jams on a roads network includes receiving information from at least one cellular PLMN covering a geographic region wherein at least one road of the roads network to be monitored is located. The information includes data related to call traffic handled by the cellular PLMN in an at least one area of the geographic region, and an indication related to a mobility of mobile terminals into/out of the area The method may further include providing an indication of traffic jam in the at least one road in case the call traffic handled by the cellular PLMN in the at least one area exceeds a first threshold and the indication related to the mobility of mobile terminals into/out of the area trespasses a second threshold.11-11-2010
20100330953Controlling Usage in Virtualized Mobile Devices - One embodiment is a method of controlling usage in a virtualized mobile device including virtualization software that supports one or more virtual machines, the method including: (a) receiving control information at the virtualized mobile device that includes one or more limits pertaining to one or more uses of the virtualized mobile device; (b) collecting usage information relating to the one or more uses; (c) determining whether usage information corresponding to one of the one or more uses exceeds a corresponding one of the one or more limits; and if so; (d) carrying out a predetermined action relating to the one of the one or more uses.12-30-2010
20100167689METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A CELLULAR PHONE CHIP IS DORMANT - Methods and systems are provided for determining whether a cellular telephone chip is dormant. Determinations are drawn from testing telephone numbers associated with chips and data collected is used to generate statistics. Methods are provided for determining the percentage of a wireless service provider's subscriber-base that consists of abandoned, or non-revenue-generating, customers.07-01-2010
20100022216Ambient Information for Usage of Wireless Communication Devices - Embodiments that indicate usage information of services for wireless communication devices via ambient elements are disclosed. Some embodiments determine usage of a service for a wireless communication device and manipulate one or more ambient elements to indicate the usage to a user of the device. Various embodiments may determine usage by measuring a quantity of data transferred or measuring a number of voice minutes consumed according to a rate plan. Changing ambient elements may comprise activating vibration modules or changing colors of screen elements, or changing screen brightness of the devices, as examples. Examples of wireless communication devices are cell phones, smartphones, satellite phones, and other types of mobile communication devices that use wireless communication services.01-28-2010
20120302203METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE COLLECTION OF VOICE CALL STATISTICS FOR A MOBILE DEVICE - A method and system for collecting and tracking statistics of a mobile device having the steps of: adding a call statistics server at an enterprise, the call statistics server adapted to receive call statistics information from one or more mobile devices or adapted to gather call statistics information directly through monitoring call setup, throughput and disconnection traffic; and providing call statistics information to a recipient. The mobile device can then obtain and display the call statistics.11-29-2012
20120302202VEHICLE DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method of for establishing a connection between a vehicle and an external network includes a plurality of personal electronic devices and a transceiver. The plurality of personal electronic devices are each configured for establishing a data connection to the vehicle. Each of the plurality of personal electronic have a mobile plan that includes a data limit and an amount of data used. At least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices are selected to be in communication with the external network. Selection of at least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices is based on a corresponding amount of data available in a mobile plan for each of the personal electronic devices.11-29-2012
20120309343Providing Information Pertaining Usage Of A Mobile Wireless Communications Device - When a device, such as a cellular phone, enters into a region, usage information pertaining to usage of devices in the region is provided to the device. For example, restrictions pertaining to usage of cellular phones while driving can be provided. Usage information also can be provided upon request or in accordance with various factors, such as subscriber preferences, elapsed time since the last time usage information was sent to the device, elapsed time since usage regulations have been enacted or updated, and/or the frequency of which the device is in the region. A region can include a geographic region, a political boundary, a country, a state, a municipality, a county, a parish, a township, a building (e.g., school, library, movie theatre, court house, local, state, or federal government building), a public place (e.g., restaurant, bus, train, taxi), a zip code, a telephone area code, or the like.12-06-2012
20110319052SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING COMMONLY USED COMMUNICATION TERMINALS AND FOR IDENTIFYING NOISY ENTITIES IN LARGE-SCALE LINK ANALYSIS - Systems and methods for identifying and characterizing relationships based on communication traffic. The methods may include accepting indications of communication conducted among entities over a communication network, and using a link processor, analyzing the indications so as to identify that two or more of the entities are interrelated by detecting one or more intermediate entities with which the two or more entities communicate. A criterion may be evaluated with respect to the indications associated with a given entity, responsively to meeting the criterion, disqualifying the given entity from serving as an intermediate entity in analyzing the indications.12-29-2011
20110319053SITUATION-AWARE THRESHOLDING FOR RECOMMENDATION - In one embodiment, data relating to usage patterns of the user is stored, wherein the data includes information as to items which were used and the context in which they were used. The data is then clustered into clusters of data points. Then a centroid is determined for each of the clusters. A cluster similar to a current context of the user is selected by comparing a data point representing the current context of the user to one or more of the centroids. For each of one or more items, a threshold based on values for a plurality of the centroids with respect to the corresponding item, wherein a threshold is used to compare with centroid value of an item in a selected cluster to determine whether to recommend the item.12-29-2011
20120015625INTRA-VEHICULAR MOBILE DEVICE USAGE DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A system and method for detecting and storing mobile device usage by a driver of a vehicle. An antenna in a vehicle is configured and positioned to detect mobile device signals from the driver area in the vehicle. A processor in communication with the antenna analyzes the detected signals for frequency and strength. The antenna and processor may communicate with vehicle data collection systems (e.g., GPS, telemetry, etc.) such that the mobile device usage data may be collected along with the vehicle operation data. The mobile device usage data and vehicle operational data can be evaluated to determine the impact of mobile device usage by the driver of a vehicle. The data may be especially useful to the trucking, train, bus, and mass transit industries in order to educate drivers about the dangers associated with using mobile devices while driving.01-19-2012
20120015624SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ORGANIZING APPLICATION INDICATORS ON AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A device for and a method of refreshing presentation of icons for objects processed on an electronic device are provided. The method comprises: providing a first template for a layout of the icons having a first trigger condition based on a time for the device, the layout of the icons including a first icon layout where an icon of the icons is placed in a first location on the display and other icons are placed in ranked order in the display according to their respective activity levels; providing a second template for the layout of the icons having a second trigger condition based on a location condition for the device; refreshing the layout of the icons to highlight an icon associated with a more frequently used communication technology using one of the first or second templates when either of the first or second trigger conditions is detected by the device; and providing a graphical user interface (GUI) to list options for the first or second triggering conditions, the GUI including an interface to allow entry of a selection of a format for the layout of icons and to allow for entry for a parameter for a triggering event for the format.01-19-2012
20120015626SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING COMMONLY USED COMMUNICATION TERMINALS AND FOR IDENTIFYING NOISY ENTITIES IN LARGE-SCALE LINK ANALYSIS - Methods and systems for determining mobile communication terminals (mobiles) that have a common user, or that have a group of users in common. The methods and systems examine change-of-association events of mobiles operating in a network, and correlate the events to determine common mobiles, i.e., mobiles that have the same or similar change-of-association events. The events described are generated by the mobiles themselves automatically, by virtue of the fact that the mobiles are operating in the network. There is thus no need for, and the embodiments described herein do not require, user intervention to generate the events.01-19-2012
20110165857Managing presence information in a communications system - The present solution relates to a method for providing an enhanced communication service in a communications system. In the method, if it is detected in a network apparatus (that presence data received from a user terminal comprises modified presence information related to the user terminal, the method comprises analysing the type of the modification. If it is detected that the presence data comprises a predetermined type of modified presence information, the method comprises indicating that the presence data received from the user terminal comprises value-added presence information related to the user terminal.07-07-2011
20120157039MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods are directed to monitoring the communications to and from a mobile communication device in accordance with one or more embodiments. For example in accordance with an embodiment, each of the data services on a mobile communication device may be monitored against rules stored in a central data center repository. The data services may include all forms of communications between the mobile communication device and a third party along with changes to application or data within the mobile communication device. An alert may be provided to an administrator when unauthorized data service activity and/or a message may be sent to the mobile communication device to prevent the unauthorized data service activity.06-21-2012
20120157038OPERATING SYSTEM SUPPORTING COST AWARE APPLICATIONS - A mobile computing device that supports cost-aware application components for operation over a metered network. A current basis for computing usage charges over one or more networks may be made available to the cost-aware application components through an application programming interface supported by an operating system service. That service may receive a policy for charging for data usage over a network and may also obtain information defining data usage for the mobile computing device. Based on this information, the service may determine a current basis for charging for data usage. With this information, the application component can determine a manner for executing network operations that involve data transmission over the network, such as deferring the operation or selecting an alternative network.06-21-2012
20090131014Method and system for dynamic spectrum allocation and management - An arrangement for dynamic account allocation is achieved by pooling together spectrum and network availability, as well as congestion information, from different service providers in a central database and by the purchase of wholesale volume of network capacity or accounts with predetermined monthly usage. The purchased network capacity is dynamically allocated of devices of different origin and ownership. The central system operator administrates the rebilling and reconciliation of any fractional usage to each device. Unlike other proposed solutions that require the carriers to bet on proprietary technologies and involve changes to the network and high capital expenditures to build and operate the network, the present invention requires no changes to the carrier's network and no investment in a proprietary solution05-21-2009
20090131013COMMUNICATION TERMINAL DEVICE, MANAGEMENT SERVER, CHANGE ACKNOWLEDGMENT SYSTEM, AND CHANGE ACKNOWLEDGMENT METHOD - A communication terminal device for enabling the terminal holder to at least acknowledge that there is a possibility that user data may be changed without receiving a change notification from a user when the user data is changed is provided. A communication terminal device 05-21-2009
20120220260Presenting Indications of Usage of a Communication Device Using Separate Hardware Element of Communication Device - Embodiments that indicate usage information of services for wireless communication devices via ambient elements are disclosed. Some embodiments determine usage of a service for a wireless communication device and manipulate one or more ambient elements to indicate the usage to a user of the device. Various embodiments may determine usage by measuring a quantity of data transferred or measuring a number of voice minutes consumed according to a rate plan. Changing ambient elements may comprise activating vibration modules or changing colors of screen elements, or changing screen brightness of the devices, as examples. Examples of wireless communication devices are cell phones, smartphones, satellite phones, and other types of mobile communication devices that use wireless communication services.08-30-2012
20130171959System And Method For Data Network Reassignment - Managing data resource utilization in a wireless network environment comprising a first data network and a second data network is described herein. The described management infrastructure and method incorporates monitoring data usage of a wireless network subscriber over the first data network, determining that the data usage over the first data network meets a specified threshold, and, in response to the determination that usage has reached the specified threshold, administratively disconnecting the wireless network subscriber from the first data network so as to cause a data session of the wireless network subscriber to be reassigned to the second data network.07-04-2013
20120164972APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SERVICE MOBILE NODE DECISION BASED ON SERVICE USAGE HISTORY INFORMATION - An apparatus for service mobile node decision based on user history information includes: an information management unit configured to manage information of the node and the service and history information of the node and the service; a monitoring unit configured to monitor whether or not the node is usable and monitor the node and the service the user is currently using; and a service mobile node decision unit configured to decide the node which is capable of service mobility according to situations, based on the information of the node and the service, the history information, and the monitored information.06-28-2012
20120164971MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal includes a memory configured to store a prior usage pattern of at least one application, the prior usage pattern being used to control when the at least one application is executed. The controller further includes a controller configured to apply at least one setting related to execution of the at least one application in accordance with the prior usage pattern or provide a menu for applying the at least one setting related to execution of the at least one application in accordance with the prior usage pattern and execute the at least one application after the at least one setting is applied.06-28-2012
20120214440Reducing Computational Complexity During User Data Analysis - A method and apparatus for handling data related to users in a telecommunication network to support analysis of said users. Plural sets of parameter values relating to the users are read once, and a first level quantization cell is determined for each set of parameter values according to a default first level quantization scheme. Then, clusters of first level quantization cells populated by users are identified and an adaptive second level quantization scheme is formed by translating the identified clusters into second level quantization cells. Representative parameter values are also assigned to each second level quantization cell, wherein the representative parameter values are used for analysing the users.08-23-2012
20120214438SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY DRAFTING A BLOG ENTRY - There is disclosed a system and method for automatically drafting blog entries. In an embodiment, the method comprises: defining a triggering event for generating a draft blog entry; detecting the triggering event; and upon detection of the triggering event, automatically generating a draft a blog entry in a predetermined format. The triggering event may comprise, for example, capturing an image, video clip, sound clip, or a browsing a webpage having a URL on the wireless mobile device, and the method may further comprise automatically inserting the captured image, video clip, sound clip, or URL into the draft blog entry in the predetermined format together with automatically generated text. Some of the text may be generated in dependence upon the triggering event.08-23-2012
20120135705TOOLS FOR MOBILE SAFETY FOR CHILDREN - This invention enables a tool that enables parents to monitor their children's mobile phone usage and alerts the parents when established rules are broken. Further, it alerts parents to intervene when their children might be dealing with bullies, strangers, despair, drugs, or sex issues. In a preferred embodiment, the system displays the GPS location of the phone and time of day on a map when the child violates parental rules. Parents can also learn where the child is by ‘pinging’ the phone to detect the phone's location if the phone is lost or the child is unresponsive.05-31-2012
20120252402QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE ESTIMATION - Technologies are generally described for estimating a quality of experience (QoE) based on movements of a mobile device in a telecommunication system. In some examples, a mobile device may include a detection unit configured to detect a first movement of the mobile device and a second movement of the mobile device, a timer configured to measure a time interval between the first movement and the second movement detected by the detection unit, and a decision unit configured to determine whether the first and second movements are related to telecommunication quality of the mobile device based on the time interval measured by the timer.10-04-2012
20120214439METHOD, APPARATUS, AND MOBILE PHONE FOR MEASURING AND DISPLAYING INTERNET TRAFFIC OF MOBILE PHONE - An apparatus for measuring and displaying Internet traffic of a mobile phone, includes a traffic measurement module and a traffic displaymodule. The apparatus also includes a SIM card account creation module configured to create a SIM card account for each of a plurality of SIM cards. The traffic measurement module measures the Internet traffic of each of the SIM card accounts. The traffic display module displays the Internet traffic of each of the SIM card accounts. The Internet traffic of each SIM card on the mobile phone may be measured and displayed.08-23-2012
20100273447Deferred Communication and Relationship Management - Techniques to defer an incoming communication and schedule a follow up communication and techniques to provide reminders to communicate with a selected contact in order to maintain a level of connectivity with the contact are disclosed. A communication recipient can defer an incoming communication and schedule a return communication time. The return communication may be manually deferred by a user and/or automatically deferred based at least in part on availability of a user on an appointment calendar. Also, the communication recipient can receive reminders of the scheduled return communication or reminders to communicate with a selected contact based on a level of connectivity.10-28-2010
20100009653DETERMINING SIZE OF EMAIL MESSAGE SENT OVER WIRELESS NETWORK BASED ON CONTENT - A method, server and system for setting the size of email messages sent to mobile communications devices is provided. In one example embodiment, a method for for processing email messages sent to a mobile communications device is provided, comprising: receiving an email message having message content that contains at least a first type of content and a second type of content that is different from the first type; parsing the received email message to determine a quantity of the first type content contained in the email message until a predetermined first content quantity limit is reached, or until the end of the received email message is reached if the first content quantity limit is not reached first; and sending the message content that corresponds to however much of the received email message was parsed to mobile communications device.01-14-2010
20090017786COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, DEVICE AND CHARGE METHOD - A communication system, an intelligent peripheral, a charging method, a service control point, and a service switching point are provided. The communication system includes a service switching point, a service control point and an intelligent peripheral. The service control point is adapted for sending an operation characteristic parameter identifying whether to charge for a service to the intelligent peripheral; the intelligent peripheral is adapted for judging whether to request the service switching point to charge for the service according to the operation characteristic parameter identifying whether to charge for the service, and instructing the intelligent peripheral not to send an answer charging message to the service switching point if a result of the judging is negative. Accurate and efficient charging is achieved in various situations of intelligent peripheral resource utilization in an intelligent network.01-15-2009
20120258685METHOD FOR COLLECTING PER CALL MEASUREMENT DATA AND MOBILITY MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND BASE STATION THEREOF - A method for collecting per call measurement data PCMD is proposed in the present invention. The method comprises: when an instruction to activate a PCMD-related function is received, sending by a base station a message including an indication of whether the base station is capable of collecting the PCMD to a mobility management entity MME device; when an instruction to start PCMD collection is received, sending by the MME device a message including an indication of starting collecting the PCMD to at least one base station capable of collecting the PCMD; based on the received indication of starting collecting the PCMD, collecting by the base station the PCMD for at least one user equipment UE connection. A mobility management entity device and a base station for collecting the per call measurement data PCMD are also proposed in the present invention.10-11-2012
20110237219INTRA-VEHICULAR MOBILE DEVICE USAGE DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A system and method for detecting and storing mobile device usage by a driver of a vehicle. An antenna in a vehicle is configured and positioned to detect mobile device signals from the driver area in the vehicle. A processor in communication with the antenna analyzes the detected signals for frequency and strength. The antenna and processor may communicate with vehicle data collection systems (e.g., GPS, telemetry, etc.) such that the mobile device usage data may be collected along with the vehicle operation data. The mobile device usage data and vehicle operational data can be evaluated to determine the impact of mobile device usage by the driver of a vehicle. The data may be especially useful to the trucking, train, bus, and mass transit industries in order to educate drivers about the dangers associated with using mobile devices while driving.09-29-2011
20090325539Cell Phone Sensor Applications - A system includes a sensor receiving unique identity data from a cell phone; and a network component receiving the unique identity data and processing a transaction based on the unique identity data. If the transaction is successfully completed, the network component sends a signal indicating an action to be performed.12-31-2009
20120289187PUBLIC WIRELESS NETWORK PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH MOBILE DEVICE DATA COLLECTION AGENTS - Mobile user auditing system and method for monitoring at least one available network accessible by a mobile user within a mobile communications environment. The mobile user auditing system includes an acquisition device to acquire, from the mobile user, data related to at least one of: service coverage for the mobile user in the at least one available network; service quality for the mobile user in the at least one available network; and service usage for the mobile user in the at least one available network, and a plotter to identify on an audit map locations within the at least one available network from which the acquired data was received.11-15-2012
20120289186METHOD FOR DISCOVERING PREFERRED MOBILE COMPUTING LOCATIONS - A method for discovering preferred mobile computing locations includes monitoring amount of time a mobile computing device is located within a cell tower region; and monitoring amount of time a mobile computing device is located within a Wi-Fi region. Afterwards, the method collects mobile computing device location data corresponding to the monitoring of cell tower region and Wi-Fi region; and analyzes the mobile computing device location data to determine amount of time and frequency of visits that the mobile computing device is in the cell tower and Wi-Fi regions. The above steps can be controlled via a processor within the mobile computing device such that a preferred mobile communication location is discovered for a user of the mobile computing device.11-15-2012
20120329423PERFORMANCE METRICS PROCESSING FOR ANTICIPATING UNAVAILABILITY - A system and method for processing performance metrics of wireless devices are described. Usage data of wireless devices is obtained and processed. Based on the processed usage data, a data model associating a set of defined wireless device user activities to wireless performance metrics is created. Data obtained from the wireless devices is compared to the data model created. Based on the comparison, the data model is then maintained or updated, and a result based on the comparison is generated and transmitted.12-27-2012
20100178896Method for Processing Service Requests in a Telecommunications System - A service request (SRV) comprising a second identifier belonging to a collection of identifiers identified by a first identifier (WPSI-I) is rejected or allowed to proceed depending on whether the current usage data stored in relationship with the first identifier reaches a value established by usage limit data stored in relationship with said first identifier. Current usage data is updated according to service requests comprising a second identifier belonging to said collection and allowed to proceed. The usage limit data can state maximum number of simultaneous communications, or maximum number of second identifiers belonging to said collection, and can be dynamically updated according to traffic load conditions in an apparatus of the telecommunications system. The invention prevents overloading resources in telecommunications systems when the number of eventual users can not be foreseen.07-15-2010
20130023230System and Methods for Carrier-Centric Mobile Device Data Communications Cost Monitoring and Control - Systems and methods for providing carrier-centric data communications cost monitoring and controls are provided. In an embodiment, the method operates by receiving a registration request associated with a subscriber session, determining current data usage associated with the subscriber, and receiving data usage thresholds. The method further comprises receiving quotas associated with the subscriber session and collecting data usage information associated with the subscriber session. The method sends a notification to the subscriber when a pre-determined quota is exceeded during the subscriber session and controls data usage. The cost monitoring and control system comprises a usage policy server and a usage policy application. The usage policy application allows a carrier to offer alterations to terms of a subscription. The usage policy application displays current data usage information on a per-network and per-application basis using subscriber profile information, subscriber session information, and prior subscriber usage history provided by the usage policy server.01-24-2013
20080254763METHOD FOR MANAGING WIRELESS DEVICES USING EXCEPTION MONITORING - An improved solution for managing use of a plurality of wireless devices is provided. In an embodiment of the invention, a usage policy is obtained for the plurality of wireless devices. Usage data for one or more of the plurality of wireless devices is compared against the usage policy, wherefrom an exception report is derived and created. In another embodiment, the exception report is analyzed for non-compliance and a customer is notified.10-16-2008
20130171960SYSTEMS, METHODS, APPARATUS, AND ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE TO MEASURE MOBILE DEVICE USAGE - Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to measure mobile device usage are disclosed. An example method to determine mobile device usage includes filtering, with a processor, a debug log file stored in the device to obtain debug file entries representative of device usage information, the debug log file having been modified by at least one of an operating system of the device or a device application, and sending, to a server, a filtered log file based on filtering the debug log file.07-04-2013
20130178187Multi-SIM Cellular Telephone with Security Features - Disclosed is a multi-SIM cellular telephone capable of accessing information on multiple SIM cards for multiple cellular service subscriptions while simultaneously accessing full functionality of all other features on the handset. It allows users to insert multiple SIM cards, each with a unique IMSI number associated with a unique cellular service subscription. The user can remove any SIM card and port to other handsets at his/her discretion. Purchasing extra cellular service for such purposes as business use is less expensive than was heretofore possible. Some services are only required on one subscription in order for the service to be used since the microprocessor assesses the features of each subscription and applies the required functionality to that SIM card. The multi-SIM cellular telephone also has a phone number that is associated with the handset; this number allows communication to and from the user of the multi-SIM phone on any installed subscription. The multi-SIM cellular telephone also has features that allow it to parse outgoing communication, encrypt it, and transmit it via multiple cellular service lines. The multi-SIM cellular telephone also has features that allow it to decrypt and recombine previously parsed and encrypted incoming communication.07-11-2013
20130143521SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOGGING AND REPORTING MOBILE DEVICE ACTIVITY INFORMATION - A computer-implemented method for logging and reporting mobile device information is provided. The method includes receiving device activity information corresponding to use of a particular mobile device via a client executed on the particular mobile. The activity information is sorted based on at least one predetermined criterion, and the sorted activity information is reported to a user. The invention further provides a computer activity monitoring and reporting system.06-06-2013
20120252403METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVIDING TARGETED FULFILLMENT WITH RESPECT TO WIRELESS DEVICE PROTECTION PROGRAM - A method for providing targeted fulfillment with respect to a wireless device protection program may include receiving claim information associated with a subscriber, the claim information indicative of a claim associated with a wireless device protection program, employing a predictive model to determine a plurality of options for fulfillment of the claim, the predictive model defining a weighted value for each option where the weighted value considers cost and a corresponding predicted benefit associated with each option, and enabling ranking of the plurality of options based on the weighted value of each option. A corresponding computer program product and apparatus are also provided.10-04-2012
20130102274SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MOBILE CALL MEASUREMENT - Systems and methods for call measurement services. The system is operatively coupled to a first communication network and includes an advertisement module operatively coupleable to the first communication network, and configured to generate an advertisement; an address database storing a plurality of sets of call tracking addresses wherein each set corresponds to an advertiser of a plurality of advertisers. The system also includes a call tracking address selection module configured to determine a call tracking address.04-25-2013
20130102275Methods, Systems, And Computer Program Products For Controlling Data Transmission Based On Power Consumption - Methods, systems, and computer program products are disclosed for controlling data transmission based on power cost. A power cost per unit data associated with successfully sending data from a wireless mobile device to a remote endpoint in a communications network is determined. The determined power cost per unit data is compared to a first threshold. Transmission of data from the wireless mobile device to the remote endpoint is delayed based on a determination that the power cost per unit data exceeds the first threshold.04-25-2013
20130122854PROVIDING PER-APPLICATION RESOURCE USAGE INFORMATION - An environment is described in which a processing system provides application-level usage information to users. In one scenario, for example, the processing system may provide personal usage information to a user who is operating a user device. The personal usage information itemizes the amount of data (and/or other resources) that has been consumed by each application run by the user device. In another scenario, the processing system may provide expected usage information associated with at least one candidate application provided by a marketplace system. The expected usage information describes an expected consumption of data (and/or other resources) by the candidate application upon running the candidate application by the user device. The processing system can tailor the expected usage information that it sends to a particular user based on user profile data. The user profile data describes a manner in which users operate applications.05-16-2013
20130143520ENHANCING CONNECTIVITY AT SOCIAL AND TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORKS - A system for enhancing connectivity at a social network. The system is able to identify a user of a telecommunication network, to access charging records for the user pertaining to sessions over the telecommunication network, and to analyze the charging records for the user to determine a pattern of communication relating the user to another individual. The system is further able to determine that the user is a member of a social network, and to provide information regarding the determined pattern of communication to the social network.06-06-2013
20130143522MOBILE ACTIVITY INTELLIGENCE - In various embodiments, a method is described that includes receiving mobile device usage data directly from each of a plurality of mobile devices associated with a particular enterprise, aggregating the usage data from each of the plurality of mobile devices at a central database, and generating one or more mobile device usage reports based on the aggregated usage data.06-06-2013
20130149992METHODS AND APPARAUTS TO IDENTIFY WIRELESS SUBSCRIBER ACTIVITY STATUS - Example methods and apparatus to identify wireless subscriber activity status are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes identifying a market of interest associated with wireless services, and creating a list of telephone numbers (TNs) from the identified market of interest. The example method also includes initializing each TN in the list of TNs as dormant, monitoring each TN in the list of TNs during a monitoring duration for an indication of activity, and when the indication of activity is received, associating one of the TNs in the list of TNs with an active status.06-13-2013
20130149993DATA USAGE FORECAST OF MOBILE NETWORK - Embodiments of the present disclosure set forth a method for forecasting data usage in a region covered by a cellular network. The method includes defining a first subregion surrounding a first point of interest in the region; and calculating a forecasted usage amount of the cellular network in the first subregion in a second time slot based on a first usage amount of the first subregion in a first time slot, a second usage amount of a second subregion geographically adjacent to the first subregion in the first time slot, a first probability associated with mobile devices in the first subregion migrating to the second subregion, and a second probability associated with mobile devices in the second subregion migrating to the first subregion.06-13-2013
20110275344System and Methods for Carrier-Centric Mobile Device Data Communications Cost Monitoring and Control - Systems and methods for providing carrier-centric data communications cost monitoring and controls are provided. In an embodiment, the method operates by receiving a registration request associated with a subscriber session, determining current data usage associated with the subscriber, and receiving data usage thresholds. The method further comprises receiving quotas associated with the subscriber session and collecting data usage information associated with the subscriber session. The method sends a notification to the subscriber when a pre-determined quota is exceeded during the subscriber session and controls data usage. The cost monitoring and control system comprises a usage policy server and a usage policy application. The usage policy application allows a carrier to offer alterations to terms of a subscription. The usage policy application displays current data usage information on a per-network and per-application basis using subscriber profile information, subscriber session information, and prior subscriber usage history provided by the usage policy server.11-10-2011
20130137392System and Method for Monitoring Usage of a User Device - A server includes a limitation database, a monitor module, and a notification module. The limitations database is configured to store control limits for a user device. The monitor module is in communication with the limitations database. The monitor module is configured to monitor usage of the user device and to determine that one of the control limits for the user device has been exceeded. The notification module is in communication with the monitor module. The notification module is configured to notify a master device that the one of the control limits for the user device has been exceeded, to receive a request to disable the user device, and to disable the user device in response to the request.05-30-2013
20120282889BASE STATION DEVICE - A base station device is provided with a control information obtaining unit (11-08-2012
20120282888METHOD FOR AN AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION OF URBAN DENSE AREAS FROM CELL PHONES RECORDS - Method for an automatic identification of urban dense areas from cell phones records, by using a computing device that receives as inputs: a geographical region R, a time period Δt for which dense areas in the region R need to be computed, a set of BTSs in the region R, a set of CDRs generated by individuals during the time period Δt using the set of BTSs of the region R, a coverage C and a granularity ε. The method includes constructing a graph G=(V , E), being V=vertexes and E=edges, using Delaunay triangulation, where each vertex v11-08-2012
20130157613Method and Arrangement for Grace Period Control Associated with a Service Level in a Cellular Communications System - A method in a telecom node for controlling a grace period associated with a licensed capacity usage in the telecom node is provided. The telecom node is comprised in a cellular telephone network. The licensed capacity usage is associated with a capacity license limit. The telecom node measures (06-20-2013
20130122856DATA CACHING AT THE EDGE OF A MOBILE DATA NETWORK - Mobile network services are performed in a mobile data network in a way that is transparent to most of the existing equipment in the mobile data network. The mobile data network includes a radio access network and a core network. An edge caching mechanism is provided within a basestation to perform caching of data at the edge of the mobile data network. The edge caching mechanism analyzes historical usage data that indicates historical accesses to the basestation. Data patterns in the historical usage data may be used to define cache load criteria and to optionally define cache flush criteria. This architecture allows caching of data at the edge of a mobile data network within the infrastructure of an existing mobile data network.05-16-2013
20130122855GEOLOCATION DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM - A geolocation data acquisition system (05-16-2013
20110312297COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND RADIO PROCESSING APPARATUS - A communication system for performing communication between different mobile terminals in different mobile communication systems by allocating different carriers to the mobile communication systems. The communication system includes a shared radio processing apparatus that is shared by the different mobile communication systems and performs radio processing for the different mobile communication systems. The shared radio processing apparatus includes a measuring unit for measuring power of the carriers, a carrier usage determination unit for determining the frequency of carrier usage based on measured values of the carriers, a carrier status determination unit for determining a carrier status indicating whether to allocate one of the carriers to one of the mobile communication systems based on the carrier usage, and a reporting unit for transmitting a carrier status report including the carrier status to the respective mobile communication systems.12-22-2011
20120021718METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR GATHERING DATA FROM A COMMUNICATION NETWORK - An arrangement for gathering data from a communication network (01-26-2012
20130196615RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCING DATA CONSUMPTION BASED ON DATA USAGE PROFILES - Embodiments profile users based on data usage of installed applications and provide recommendations for reducing data usage. A computing device or cloud service determines a plurality of applications installed on the computing device. Data usage patterns associated with each of the determined plurality of applications are identified. The data usage patterns describe data usage over a network for at least one of the determined plurality of applications. One or more recommendations for reducing data usage are defined based on the identified data usage patterns. Some embodiments recommend switching applications, uninstalling applications, or disabling particular network connections.08-01-2013
20130196616DATA USAGE PROFILES FOR USERS AND APPLICATIONS - Embodiments profile users and applications based on network data usage. Data usage statistics are collected and compared for the users and applications. Profiles are assigned to the users and applications based on the comparison. In some embodiments, the applications are ranked based on data usage and presented to the users in an application marketplace.08-01-2013
20130196617PREDICTING NETWORK DATA CONSUMPTION RELATIVE TO DATA USAGE PATTERNS - Embodiments provide interactive prediction of network data consumption. Current data usage statistics are compared with a data usage plan. The current data usage statistics represent network data consumed by at least one computing device of the user. The network data is consumed during at least a portion of a pre-defined time interval of a data usage plan. For the given time interval, one of a plurality of pre-defined data usage states is assigned to the user, such as On Track, Off Track, Over Limit, and Under Track. In some embodiments, the user interacts with the data usage pattern to dynamically adjust for expected future use, which may change the currently assigned data usage state.08-01-2013
20130196618TRACKING DATA USAGE UNDER A SCHEMATIZED DATA PLAN - Embodiments provide a schema for representing data usage plans and data usage statistics. The data usage plan describes threshold values associated with network connections of computing devices of the user. A web service dynamically generates data usage statistics for the computing devices to represent data consumed by the computing devices under the data usage plan. The schema is updated with the data usage statistics and distributed to the computing devices for presentation to the user.08-01-2013
20130203377TERMINAL QUANTITY ESTIMATION DEVICE AND TERMINAL QUANTITY ESTIMATION METHOD - To estimate the number of mobile terminals that have been staying in an observation area for a desired period of time, the feature quantity calculation portion 08-08-2013
20120094632Prepaid short messaging - A prepaid messaging solution using open networking standards (e.g., TCP/IP) to support pre-payment of Internet messaging services. The disclosed prepaid architectures/methods determine if a subscriber has sufficient account balance to deliver a short message, prior to message delivery. A message may be prevented from being delivered (at the source end or destination end) if a subscriber account has insufficient funds. A prepaid tariff engine supports remote interaction with the SMSC and web chat servers to apply real-time billing for each message. A service provider may define subscriber rates and/or tariffing plans to apply real-time billing for sending/receiving messages. Message billing may be based upon, e.g., rate per message, message count, character count, Time of Day, Day of Week, message type, and/or mobile location. The prepaid short messaging service preferably supports internet access to subscriber's account balances and status maintained in the prepaid short messaging database of the prepaid messaging server.04-19-2012
20120094631SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENDING THRESHOLD NOTIFICATION IN REAL TIME - A mobile station user is informed in real time of reaching of a threshold of data usage via a wireless communication network. An account of the user has a maximum data plan limit defined by the user's plan and a data usage balance reflecting an amount of data usage remaining under the plan. When data usage corresponding to the requested data session does not cross the threshold level, a slice of data for the data session is allocated. When required data usage corresponding to the requested data session would cross the threshold level, a reduced slice of data is allocated. Data usage is counted in real time during the data session, and a notification of reaching the threshold level of data is sent to the mobile station in real time, at the time when data usage under the user's account reaches the threshold level.04-19-2012
20120094630VEHICLE DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method of for establishing a connection between a vehicle and an external network includes a plurality of personal electronic devices and a transceiver. The plurality of personal electronic devices are each configured for establishing a data connection to the vehicle. Each of the plurality of personal electronic have a mobile plan that includes a data limit and an amount of data used. At least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices are selected to be in communication with the external network. Selection of at least one of the plurality of personal electronic devices is based on a corresponding amount of data available in a mobile plan for each of the personal electronic devices.04-19-2012
20130210379INTEGRATING A MOBILE HOTSPOT INTO A LARGER NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - Integration of a mobile hotspot into a service provider network is disclosed. A network node establishes a first wireless communication link with a mobile hotspot device. The mobile hotspot device is configured to establish a second wireless communications link with at least one client device. The network node receives an access request message from the mobile hotspot device which comprises credentials provided by the at least one client device. The network node determines that the at least one client device is authorized to access the service provider network through the mobile hotspot device based on the credentials and indicates to the mobile hotspot device that the at least one client device is authorized to access the service provider network through the mobile hotspot device.08-15-2013

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