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20090215429SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BILLING IP-BASED WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN A CONVERGED NETWORK - A system and method for collaborating with a billing system is provided for use in a converged telecommunication network that includes a cellular telephone network and an IP-based network. During an IP-based call registration process, a mobile device communicates with a network controller over the IP-based network. The network controller accesses a database with the information provided by the mobile device and subsequently overloads values for an existing field in a call detail record (CDR). Upon completion of the call over the IP-based network, the network controller communicates the overloaded version of the CDR to an MSC which generates the final CDR that is used for billing. Any appropriate field of the CDR can be selected for overloading, such as for example an existing CGI record field from the CDR.08-27-2009
20120202451NETWORK SERVER BILLING RECONCILIATION METHOD FOR A WIRELESS MOBILE ROUTER NETWORK - A method of operating a network server for a network comprising a plurality of wireless mobile routers comprises: selectively coupling the server to a plurality of mobile routers via a cellular network; operating the server to access billing data from a predetermined carrier providing the cellular network for each of the mobile routers; receiving from each of the mobile routers corresponding usage statistical data; comparing the usage statistical data for each mobile router to corresponding billing data for each mobile router to determine if there is a billing discrepancy.08-09-2012
20130183930REAL TIME CHARGING MECHANISM TO DELIVER ON DEMAND TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES - The method and system for charging a user in real time to deliver On demand telecommunication services is disclosed. The method provides premium services like voice message services, content services and so on to the subscribers on their request and deducts an appropriate amount of charge instantly before providing the service. The method of deducting the charge and providing the requested service to the user happens while the call is still connected. The method of charging is applicable in either same network or in a different network that provides the premium services. Further, the method in the disclosed embodiment resides on a server that controls the charge deduction through any suitable network protocols. The charging server acts as a central entity where a group of merchants, content providers, value added service providers are connected to it and delivers services to the user depending on their requirement.07-18-2013
20080261559CAMEL SERVICE CHARGING IN IMS NETWORKS - IMS networks and associated methods are disclosed that provide charging for CAMEL services provided in the IMS network. If a CAMEL service is provided by an application server for a session in an IMS network, then the application server generates CAMEL charging data for the service provided and also generates a charging message, such as a Diameter ACR message. The application server includes the CAMEL charging data in the charging message and transmits the charging message to a charging collector system. The charging collector system generates a CDR for the session, and maps the CAMEL charging data from the charging message to the CDR. The charging collector system then transmits the CDR to a billing system. The billing system may then charge for the CAMEL service provided in the IMS network.10-23-2008
20080261558System and Method for Transferring Credit Between Mobile Phone Subscribers10-23-2008
20120184242Methods and Systems for Enhancing Wireless Coverage - Described are methods, devices, and systems to provide enhanced wireless coverage for wireless mobile stations by facilitating centralized authentication for a variety of unrelated networks. The mobile stations can then access Internet and telephony resources via the various networks for improved coverage and bandwidth. Some embodiments support the extension of network coverage using wireless-access points that can be partitioned into multiple virtual access points, one associated with an enterprise and another with an overlay network that facilitates mobile communication over multiple networks. One physical access point can support an enterprise network using one virtual access point and the overlay network using another. Users unaffiliated with an enterprise can access the overlay network via the enterprise's physical access point without gaining access to the enterprise network.07-19-2012
20120184241SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED PREPAID WIRELESS PHONE REFILLS - A method and system for refilling minutes for prepaid wireless phones is provided. Also provided is a computer-readable storage medium including a program, which when executed on a processor performs an operation. The method includes executing a recurring charge to a user account, the user account being stored in a database, and automatically crediting a device associated with the user account with prepaid minutes in response to executing the recurring charge.07-19-2012
20110195689COMMUNICATION ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A communication assistance system provides access to information corresponding to a plurality of subscriber listings. The system includes a telephone switch for receiving calls from a plurality of callers desiring to access the information corresponding to the subscriber listings and a database directory listing for storing information corresponding to each one of the subscriber listings. The information in the subscriber listings include a Rate Plan field associated with billing rates corresponding to each one of the subscribers such that when the system connects the caller to the subscriber, the system employs the Rate Plan Field to determine the billing amount charged to the caller so that the subscriber is not billed for the call.08-11-2011
20110195688Method and rating engine for adjusting charging of communication events - A method solves the problem of implementing flexile charging of subscribers so that no changes, or minor changes, need to do in charging systems. Hence, the problem is how the rating and charging of communication events can be separated. The method is provided for creating, due a detection of a communication event, a notification relationship between a network node and a rating engine, wherein the notification relationship obeys a charging control protocol. Then the rating engine forms a supplementary instruction on the basis of information obtained from the notification relationship. Finally, the rating engine sends the supplementary instruction to the online charging system that re-charges the communication event according to the supplementary instruction. The invention also comprises a rating engine in accordance with a single charging embodiment in which the rating engine alone controls the charging of the communication event.08-11-2011
20100159874DEVICE ROTATION FOR SIM SELECTION - A device having multiple configurations, wherein each configuration allows operation of the device according to features that may be different than other configurations. Each of the configurations is controlled by a separate SIM card. The device is configured to select an operating configuration, and associated SIM card, in response to detecting an orientation of the device. As the orientation of the device changes, the device selects an operating configuration in accord with user intent.06-24-2010
20100048166MOBILE CALL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The invention provides a method and a system for analyzing mobile telephony connectivity transaction information by the use of a code appended to a transaction.02-25-2010
20100075630METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING CREDIT FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES - A technique for managing credit for subscribers of mobile communications services involves using a mobile credit intermediary to manage the credit in a way that makes the credit more fungible than traditional prepaid mobile subscription plans. In an embodiment, the mobile credit intermediary maintains a credit pool that reflects pooled credit of a group of multiple different mobile subscribers and then incrementally purchases, using the credit pool, prepaid mobile minutes in quantities that reflect anticipated consumption of mobile communications services by the group. The incremental purchases are made in increments that are smaller than the balance of the credit pool such that credit remains in individual credit accounts of the mobile subscribers. The credit that remains in the individual credit accounts can be used as a currency for other transactions, for example, for the purchase of goods and services from entities other than the mobile network operator.03-25-2010
20120244835Clearinghouse System, Method, and Process for Inventorying and Acquiring Infrastructure, Monitoring and Controlling Network Performance for Enhancement, and Providing Localized Content in Communication Networks - A computerized system, method and process allows telecommunications carriers to find, evaluate and select locations for equipment through direct access to end users, while providing citizens the opportunity to offer the use of their dwelling or other assets to carriers. The system and method further provides a computerized mechanism for (a) creating an inventory and marketplace for available properties for use in telecommunications networks, (b) providing quality and/or performance monitoring and control for wireless communication systems based on data in the clearinghouse, and (c) providing localized content over wireless networks using the clearinghouse.09-27-2012
20120244833Methods, Devices, and Computer Program Products for Tracking Receipt and Determining Effectiveness of Radio Broadcast Signals - Receipt of a radio broadcast signal by a mobile communication device is tracked based on a signal strength measurement signal and location information. The signal strength measurement signal indicate a signal strength of the radio broadcast signal, received via a communication channel and measured at the mobile communication device, over a particular time period. The location information indicates a location of the mobile communication device within a geographic area over the particular time period. Effectiveness of the radio broadcast signal is determined with respect to receipt of the radio broadcast signal by a plurality of mobile communication devices within the geographic area over the particular time period.09-27-2012
20130084827COMMUNICATION TRACKING AND BILLING SYSTEM - A system for billing communications between a subscriber and a verified professional comprising a verified professional repository and a central tracking system. The central tracking system is configured to receive a communication request targeting the registered device ID, determine an applied billing rate using a value set by the verified professional, and transmit the applied billing rate to the subscriber. The central tracking system is further configured to track the connection, generate a communication data file comprising the registered device ID, the subscriber ID, the applied billing rate, the communication duration, and the billing signal. The central tracking system is further configured to obtain a billable duration by parsing the communication data file using the billing signal and the communication duration, calculate a communication charge using the applied billing rate and billable duration, and pay the verified professional a portion of the communication charge.04-04-2013
20130084826USAGE SHARING ACROSS FIXED LINE AND MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method for determining the usage of a subscriber to mobile and fixed line services including: receiving subscriber usage information from a fixed line network; receiving subscriber usage information from a mobile network; computing a usage metric based upon the received subscriber usage information from the fixed line network and the mobile network and rating factor information; comparing the usage metric to a predetermined usage threshold; determining a usage policy action; and transmitting a usage policy action message.04-04-2013
20130078944SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING "PAY-AS-YOU-GO" TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES - Telecommunication services systems and methods are disclosed. The telecommunication services systems and methods preferably enable the user and/or the responsible party to make payments as the user uses the telecommunication services. The systems and methods may also be employed to provide the user and/or the responsible party with specialized pricing options and other customized services.03-28-2013
20130210382MANAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE SUBSCRIBER IDENTITY MODULES - Management of multiple subscriber identity modules by a server is disclosed. The server, for each subscriber identity module belonging to a set of subscriber identity modules of a user of a mobile terminal, detects a need to top up credit of the subscriber identity module, and after the detection, transmits, through a communication interface, transaction data determining a payment to the mobile phone operator of the subscriber identity module in order to top up the credit of the subscriber identity module.08-15-2013
20130040602Managing Cellular Phone Calls - A mechanism is disclosed for managing phone calls on phone devices used by the employee of a company. When the user wants to give a call, a new plugin in the phone device interprets an attribute value added by the phone device user to each phone number in order to categorize the call. The cell phone user enters a profile describing his call accounting information. A call management plugin computes a prefix for user personal calls which will be adapted to the user location. The call management plugin at the end of the call tags the call information as a personal call or business call. The phone device sends the tagged call information to a remote server of the company, which consolidates billing information received from the phone operators with the tagged call information.02-14-2013
20120208494Radiative focal area antenna transmission coupling arrangement - The present invention comprises a docking system for connecting a portable communication device to a further signal transmission line. The docking system may be arranged within a workstation such as a desk or a tray. The system may also envelope a room in a building or be located in a vehicle, to control and restrict the radiative emission from the communication device and to direct such radiation to a further remote antenna and or signal distribution system connected to the transmission line.08-16-2012
20100041366METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROL OF SERVICE USAGE IN A COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for control of service usage in a communications system, wherein a charging client receives a service request from a user initiating a charging transaction. In response to the service request checking a free of charge indicator in the charging client, and if the free of charge indicator is confirmative for the service request the charging client granting the service request to the user.02-18-2010
20100041365MEDIATION, RATING, AND BILLING ASSOCIATED WITH A FEMTOCELL SERVICE FRAMEWORK - System(s) and method(s) facilitating mediation of information relating to communication sessions, and rating of and billing for communication sessions, in relation to a communication network employing femtocells and base stations, are presented. Call detail records (CDRs) are created containing location information identifying origination or termination locations for communication sessions associated with a user equipment (UE). For data sessions, data event records (DERs) are created to track data usage and specific data services used by the UE. A mediation and rating component receives the CDRs and/or DERs and correlates the respective records to create an enhanced CDR containing information that facilitates determining whether a femtocell or base station served the UE at the origination or termination of a communication session and information relating to data usage when a data service is used. Predefined rating rules are used to facilitate billing the subscriber in accordance with a subscriber rate plan.02-18-2010
20090156163METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA FOR PROVIDING VARIABLE RATE PREPAID TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES UTILIZING A WEIGHTING FUNCTION - Methods, systems, and computer program products for providing variable rate prepaid telecommunication services utilizing a weighting function are disclosed. The method includes intercepting a signaling message that includes an available credit value associated with a prepaid communications session. A credit adjustment factor based on at least one call parameter associated with the prepaid communications session is determined. The method also includes applying the credit adjustment factor to the available credit value to generate an adjusted available credit value. The signaling message is modified to include the adjusted available credit value.06-18-2009
20090156162COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, SERVER, COMMUNICATION METHOD TO BE USED THEREIN AND PROGRAM THEREFOR06-18-2009
20100105354MOBILE PHONE AND METHOD FOR MANAGING COMMUNICATION FEES - A mobile phone and method for managing communication fees of the mobile phone sets a plurality of charge standards of different telecommunication providers and an allowable communication fee of the mobile phone during a preset time period. Calculation of a total communication fee of a current call is according to a corresponding charge standard of a telecommunication provider of the mobile phone and a previous total communication fee of the mobile phone. The current call may be terminated when the total communication fee reaches the allowable communication fee.04-29-2010
20090088129CHARGING FOR ROAMING USERS IN IMS NETWORKS - Communication networks and methods are disclosed for sharing charging information between a home IMS network and a visited IMS network. If a signaling message for a session is received in the visited IMS network, the visited IMS network assigns a visited charging identifier (e.g., ICID), and shares the visited charging identifier with the home IMS network through signaling messages. Similarly, the home IMS network assigns a home charging identifier, and shares the home charging identifier with the visited IMS network through signaling messages. When CDRs are generated in the home IMS network and the visited IMS network, the networks include the home charging identifier and the visited charging identifier in the CDRs so that billing systems may more easily correlate the CDRs from the different IMS networks.04-02-2009
20130035061DYNAMIC CONFIGURATION OF UNLIMITED SERVICE FOR ROAMING SUBSCRIBER - Methods, systems, and apparatus are presented for enabling unlimited roaming service on a roaming partner switch. In one aspect, a method includes configuring a billing system corresponding to a home wireless service provider to authorize a subscriber device to receive unlimited roaming service on a roaming partner switch; receiving, by the home wireless service provider, a registration request from the roaming partner switch identifying the subscriber device; registering the subscriber device in the billing system as an unlimited roaming service subscriber device; and providing unlimited roaming service to the subscriber device. Further, a call request associated with the subscriber device can be received from the roaming partner switch and billing associated with the call request can be suspended.02-07-2013
20130035060SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING BANDWIDTH FOR CELLUAR COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESSES - A method is provided for acquiring bandwidth on a mobile device. A bid for bandwidth service on the mobile device is submitted to service providers, which includes: a bandwidth requisition, a plurality of service criteria (each with a weighting factor), and at least one limiting condition (e.g. a maximum price). Responses from the service providers are evaluated using the weighting factors to compute a score. The best scoring response that meets the at least one limiting condition is automatically chosen, and a transaction is entered into with the chosen service provider to acquire the bandwidth service on the mobile device according to the service criteria. The bid may also be submitted to (and the transaction negotiated with) a central bidding server which intermediates bids received from many users.02-07-2013
20130035059MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE APPLICATION NETWORK USE METRIC AND MONETARY COST MONITOR AND CONTROL - A mobile computing device comprising an application network use metric monitoring agent providing a network use metric usage for one or more mobile computing device applications and a network plan interface, wherein, a monetary cost is associated with the network use metric usage for the one or more mobile computing device applications.02-07-2013
20100330956Real-Time Replenishment with Electronic Confirmation for Sale of Prepaid Long Distance - A method and system of providing an electronic receipt, such as a SMS text message, to a consumer responsive to a purchase of long distance calling minutes, real-time replenishment of the customer's account, and seamless, pin-less use of the purchased long-distance from the user's chosen phone(s).12-30-2010
20090124233Methods, Systems, And Computer Program Products For Controlling Data Transmission Based On Power Cost - 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 sending device to a receiving device in a communications network is determined. The determined power cost per unit data is compared to a first threshold. Transmission of data from the sending device to the receiving device is delayed based on a determination that the power cost per unit data exceeds the first threshold.05-14-2009
20130045709Mobile Integrated Billable hour management system and method - A computer-implemented method and system for managing billable hours, the method including the selecting a client from an electronic client directory upon receiving the client's contact for a service; the launching a digital timer for the selected client to record time spent for the requested service; stopping the timer when the service provided for said contact is done; an updating the client's account with the recorded time.02-21-2013
20130045710Device Assisted Ambient Services - Various embodiments are disclosed for a services policy communication system and method. In some embodiments, a communications device implements a service profile for assisting control of the communications device use of a service on a network, in which the service profile includes service policy settings, and the service profile is associated with an ambient service plan that provides for initial access to the service with limited service capabilities prior to activation of a new service plan; and monitors use of the service based on the service profile.02-21-2013
20120295584MOBILE BILLING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING ARS - Disclosed herein is a mobile billing method using an automatic response service (ARS) through call transfer including (a) receiving a call signal from a mobile terminal to a franchisee server to set a call to the franchisee server, (b) receiving a request for call transfer from a billing relay server receiving the request for the call transfer from the franchisee server, performing the call transfer and transmitting an ARS announcement to the mobile terminal, (c) receiving a request for billing from the mobile terminal and requesting authentication and billing from the billing relay server, and (d) receiving a result of the authentication and billing approval from the billing relay server and performing call transfer between the mobile terminal and the franchisee server.11-22-2012
20130052987SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CARRIER TRIGGER-INDEPENDENT, MULTIPLE DEVICE, MULTIPLE CARRIER AUTOMATED PREPAID WIRELESS PHONE REFILLS - A method and system for refilling minutes for prepaid wireless phones without service provider (Carrier) feedback to trigger the replenishment is provided. Also provided is a computer-readable storage medium including a program, which when executed on a processor performs an operation. The method includes executing a recurring charge to a user account for wireless service from one or multiple service providers, the user account being stored in a database, and automatically crediting a device associated with the user account with prepaid minutes in response to executing the recurring charge.02-28-2013
20090318112PREPAID TEXT MESSAGING SERVICE - A method, system, and computer readable medium for sending notification messages to a notification device and associating a fee for sending the notification message. The notification message is associated with a portable consumer device issued by an issuer and associated with an account of a consumer operated by the issuer. The fee is obtained by the issuer or a payment brand organization associated with the portable consumer device.12-24-2009
20130072152MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND A DOWNLOAD ASSISTING METHOD - A mobile phone (03-21-2013
20130059561Confirmation Based Mobile Messaging Platform - The present invention relates to a system and method for delivering a message to and receiving an acknowledgement from a mobile device, and more specifically, the system and method allows network operators, or any central administration group(s) to issue messages and warnings to a mobile device, which requires an acknowledgement in order for the mobile device to continue functioning without restriction.03-07-2013
20130059562METHOD, TERMINAL AND SYSTEM FOR ACHIEVING DIFFERENTIAL CHARGING OF A FIXED WIRELESS PHONE AMONG CELLS - The present disclosure relates to a method, a terminal and a system for achieving differential charging of a fixed wireless phone among cells. The method comprises determining whether a terminal position is updated and generating position updating information when the terminal position is updated; sending the position updating information to a server so that the server parses the position updating information based on a preset charging policy and sends request information for changing the charging policy to a charging centre when the charging policy of the terminal needs to be changed. The present disclosure changes the charging policies in real time for fixed wireless phone products which need to distinguish the charging rules of different cells, thus solving the problem of charging for mobile operators in the process of popularizing fixed wireless phone products.03-07-2013
20090270068METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING DELIVERY OF COMMUNICATIONS - Method and system for managing delivery of communications such as advertisements to mobile telephone subscribers where delivery to roaming subscribers is prevented or blocked when the subscriber is determined to be using a roaming network and revenue derived from delivery of the advertisements to a roaming subscriber is less than the cost for delivering the advertisements to the roaming subscribers.10-29-2009
20130065553DEVICE GROUP PARTITIONS AND SETTLEMENT PLATFORM - Device group partitions can be used and a settlement platform can provide for partitions of devices based on associated device groups. A settlement platform service might be provided for partitioned devices. Device generated service usage information might be generated and aggregated for a settlement platform for the one or more devices in wireless communication on the wireless network. A settlement platform might implement a service billing allocation and/or a service/transactional revenue share among one or more partners. Service usage information can include micro-CDRs used for CDR mediation or reconciliation that provides for service usage accounting. Device activity that is desired to be associated with a billing event can be assigned a micro-CDR transaction code, with a service processor of the device programmed to account for activity associated with that transaction code. A service processor executing on a wireless communications device might periodically report micro-CDR usage measures.03-14-2013
20130065554WIRELESS PROVISIONING SOLUTION FOR TARGET DEVICES - Systems and methods to provision a non-handset target device with wide-area communication service, such as wireless wide area network (WWAN) technology. Identifying information of the target device can be provided to a provisioning service provider (PSP) via a mobile provisioning device over a communication network. The PSP can determine the service carrier associated with the mobile provisioning device and enable the provisioning of the target device with the wide-area communication service to the service carrier via the mobile provisioning device. A billing plan can be instituted for the service of the target non-handset device relating to a billing plan of the mobile provisioning device.03-14-2013
20130065552ELECTRIC-POWER SUPPLYING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An electric-power supplying apparatus may include a power supply configured to supply electric power to an electric device via a power supply line, and at least one processor programmed to perform acts including transmitting a command signal to the electric device via the power supply line, receiving a response signal from the electric device via load modulation on the power supply line, and registering setting information for establishing wireless communication between the electric device and the apparatus based on the received response signal. An electric apparatus may include a power plug configured to receive electric power and a command signal from an external device, and an IC chip configured to use load modulation to transmit a response signal, in response to the command signal, to the external device via the power plug.03-14-2013
20090233576TOLL FREE CALLING ACCOUNT RECHARGE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A calling account recharge system, method, and device are provided. The device has an associated stored-value calling account, and typically includes a selector, a communications program configured to communicate with a recharge service via a communication network, and a recharge option selectable by a user upon actuation of the selector. The recharge option is configured to cause the communications program to initiate a recharge transaction with the recharge service via the communication network, in order to add calling units to the stored-value calling account. The device may be configured to access the communication network via a toll-free gateway.09-17-2009
20130165071Methods Of Providing Communication Services Including Account Balance Sharing And Related Charging Systems - Charging control may be provided for a charging controlled service accessed by a terminal in a communication network using a first account having a first account balance associated with the terminal. A first request may be received for a charging reservation relating to the first account balance associated with the terminal. Responsive to the first request for a charging reservation and responsive to a first status of the first account balance, a first consumer deduction amount may be reserved from the first account balance to allow the charging controlled service for the terminal. While allowing the charging controlled service for the terminal based on the first consumer deduction amount reserved from the first account balance, a replenishment request directed to a second account balance may be generated responsive to a second status of the first account balance. Related network nodes are also discussed.06-27-2013
20120115434SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SERVICE ACTIVATION IN MOBILE NETWORK BILLING - Embodiments described herein provide a user with the ability to select from a list of available services that can be used on a mobile device. The services include device-based services and device-network based services. The activation, usage tracking and deactivation of a selected service can be conducted at a central location. Some of the services can be provided by different carrier network providers and in different geographical areas. The service selection can be performed from the mobile device, thus providing the user with maximum flexibility as to when and where the user requests the service.05-10-2012
20090011737Method for Charging Multimedia Message Service - The present invention discloses a method for charging Multimedia Message Service (MMS), where a corresponding relationship between a Mobile Station International ISDN Number (MSISDN) of a receiver and a Recipient Multimedia Message Service Center (Recipient-MMSC) that sends an MMS to the receiver is set in an adjacent Wireless Application Protocol Gateway (WAP-GW) which the receiver accesses. The method includes: upon the receipt of the MMS, the receiver sends an MMS receipt confirmation including the MSISDN of the receiver to the adjacent WAP-GW which the receiver accesses; the adjacent WAP-GW which the receiver accesses determines the Recipient-MMSC that corresponds to the MSISDN of the receiver contained in the confirmation according to the set corresponding relationship, and sends the confirmation to the Recipient-MMSC; and the Recipient-MMSC triggers the charging mechanism and takes the receipt of the confirmation as a charging point for charging.01-08-2009
20100087163BILLING SYSTEM, BILLING-INFORMATION GENERATION APPARATUS, BILLING-INFORMATION GENERATION METHOD, COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING BILLING-INFORMATION GENERATION PROGRAM - An information distribution apparatus creates data to be simultaneously distributed, further adding to the data an identifier which indicates that the data is distributed by a broadcast service, and adding billing class information in accordance with the data amount, and transmits it; a mobile terminal receives the data, creates a reception confirmation message if it is determined from the identifier added to the received data that the received data is distributed by a broadcast service, and further adds the identifier and the billing class information added to the data to the reception confirmation message to transmit it to a billing-information generation apparatus and the information distribution apparatus; and the billing-information generation apparatus generates billing information based on the billing class information added to the reception confirmation message if it is determined from the identifier added to the reception confirmation message that the data is distributed by a broadcast service.04-08-2010
20120238243SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR QUESTIONNAIRES AND USER INTERACTIONS - A questionnaire network in which a mobile device is used by user to create questionnaires and send it to other recipients. The questionnaire is created by user of mobile device using audio inputs for a questionnaire preamble and question preambles. A server in the network incorporates other generic portions of the questionnaire. Thus, a user can make adhoc questionnaires, send them to recipients and receive the results.09-20-2012
20120238242SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PROCESS TRANSACTIONS BASED ON SOCIAL NETWORKING - Systems and methods to authenticate and process requests received via social networking websites. In one aspect, a system includes a data storage facility to store data associating a first phone number of a user with an identification of the user in a social networking website; and an interchange coupled with the data storage facility. The interchange includes a common format processor and a plurality of converters to interface with a plurality of controllers of mobile communications. The converters communicate with the controllers in different formats and with the common format processor in a common format. The common format processor receives a request including the identification of the user, identifies the first phone number of the user based on the data stored on the data storage facility, and uses the converters to communicate with a mobile phone at the first phone number to confirm the request.09-20-2012
20120238241APPLICATION POD INTEGRATION WITH AUTOMATED MOBILE PHONE BILLING AND DISTRIBUTION PLATFORM - A platform for supporting a network-enabled application is configured to render the network enabled application for a user, via a user interface associated with the user, in accordance with various APIs included in the platform and used by a program developer to develop the network-enabled application. The rendering can included recognizing that the user interface is a mobile user interface and rendering the network-enabled application in a manner appropriate and/or optimal for the mobile user interface.09-20-2012
20120238240SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC GENERATION, REGISTRATION AND MOBILE PHONE BILLING OF A POD USING THIRD PARTY WEB PAGE CONTENT - The systems and methods described herein generally relate to a method and system for automatically generating an application pod for a third party through which the third party's content is offered for access, purchase and use by mobile phone users within a community network. More specifically, the systems and methods described herein are directed to an application pod that can be automatically generated based on content and information retrieved from one or more web pages of the third party.09-20-2012
20090233577METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING THE MOST COST-EFFICIENT PAYMENT PROVIDER TO PAY FOR COMMUNICATION SERVICES - A method and apparatus for selecting the most cost-efficient payment provider to pay for communication services are disclosed. A calling electronic device communicates alternative payment provider data to a network via a communications link. The network examines costs charged by a plurality of alternative payment providers indicated by the alternative payment provider data. The network determines and contacts the most cost-efficient payment provider to determine if the contacted payment provider will accept responsibility for paying for at least a portion of the communication services.09-17-2009
20110294464SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A NETWORK SERVICE IN A DISTRIBUTED FASHION TO A MOBILE DEVICE - Systems and methods for operating a mobile virtual network are disclosed. A mobile virtual network operator is disclosed as an entity that provides a mobile networking service to a user, the mobile networking service being provided using a physical mobile network provided by a third party. The mobile virtual network operator may provide content distribution services, data access services, or messaging services to a user of a mobile device.12-01-2011
20110294462CHARGING OF A SHORT MESSAGE TRANSMISSION - The invention relates to charging of a short message transmission in a telecommunications network. The invention provides a mechanism for refunding the subscriber for an already charged short message in the event of a failure during the delivery of that short message. The invention also relates to the methods and devices that are used to deliver a short message and perform the charging thereof.12-01-2011
20110281553METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LOCATION-DEPENDENT BILLING FOR SERVICES - A method for location-dependent billing for a services that are available to a mobile terminal, a local communication connection is set up to a fixably installed external location tag with a corresponding wireless interface between the fixably installed tag and the mobile terminal, the method including the steps of accessing the external location tag and transmitting a billing rate code from the external location tag to the mobile terminal, forwarding the billing rate code from the mobile terminal to a central unit of a mobile communication network, in which the mobile terminal is logged, determining a geographic location identification of the external location tag by evaluation of the billing rate code at the central unit, and selecting a billing rate for billing for the service available to the user based on the billing rate code at the central unit.11-17-2011
20110281552OPERATIONS METHOD FOR PROVIDING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SERVICES - The present invention is directed to an improved operations method for a wireless communication system. The improved business method, operations method, network and system of the present invention includes the steps of delivering cellular services to the mass market, reducing peak capacity, increasing overall capacity utilization, improving capital utilization, providing an “all-you-can-eat” pricing model, and designing capacity based upon where the users live, work, and play.11-17-2011
20080268813DEVICE BILLING AGENT - Access devices using billing agents and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises capturing, at an access device, a communication to be transmitted from the access device. The method further comprises determining billing information about the communication and transmitting, from the wireless communications device, the billing information to a billing system.10-30-2008
20110281551Systems, Methods, and Computer Program Products for Providing Service Credit to Customer Accounts in a Wireless Communications Service Network - Systems, methods, and computer program products use combinations of international mobile equipment identity (IMEI), international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI), and account information to determine if a customer is eligible for service credit in near real-time. The customer needs an active account prior to inserting a subscriber identity module (SIM) into a device and powering on the device for the system to determine credit eligibility. No further customer action is required. The credit application process determines credit eligibility based upon device credit eligibility, account tenure, and/or credit rules, and applies the credit to the customer's account. The customer may be proactively notified when the credit is applied. The credit and tenure rules may be changed as the industry and business needs change to remain competitive in the industry. The SIM used is configured with software to lock the SIM to the device upon first power-on.11-17-2011
20110143709AUTOMATED BILLING AND DISTRIBUTION PLATFORM FOR APPLICATION PROVIDERS - Systems and methods according to certain embodiments of the invention include integrating a network-enabled application with a platform having a plurality of users and a plurality of communication channels with a respective plurality of wireless network carriers. The systems and methods include providing a developer library for use by developers in creating their network-enabled applications.06-16-2011
20110319055SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTING AND USING AN ORIGINATION IDENTIFIER IN AN INTERNET PROTOCOL ENVIRONMENT - A IP telephony service allows customers to form user groups. Each user group can include multiple members, each of whom have their own telephony device. A group identifier, which could be a telephone number, is assigned to each user group. As a result, a single telephony device belonging to a member of a user group can be associated with its own unique telephone number, and the telephone number used as the group identifier. The system allows the user to select which of multiple telephone numbers associated with his telephony device are to be used as the originating telephone number when an outgoing telephone call or an outgoing message is sent.12-29-2011
20110319054SESSION BINDING USING SUBSCRIBER IDENTIFICATION - Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method and related network node and machine-readable storage medium including a policy and charging rules node (PCRN) receiving a plurality of related service requests from different devices. The PCRN may establish a Session Binding Identifier (SBI) for each message received. The SBI may include one or more subscriber IDs. Upon receipt of a message, the PCRN may compare the included subscriber IDs against information included in a subscriber database to match with a specific subscriber profile. The PCRN may use the subscriber profile to determine whether existing established sessions are associated with the same subscriber profile, and may bind the sessions together when they are associated with a common subscriber profile.12-29-2011
20080233917Method for Implementing Charging in Intelligent Networks - A method for implementing charging in intelligent networks is provided, including: Step a: configuring a first paid service account as an attached account to a second paid service account, and setting an interface for invoking services and interface for deducting fees for the second paid service; Step b: when the first paid service is to be used by the first paid service account, determining whether the first paid service account is configured as an attached account to the second paid service account, if yes, invoking the interface for invoking services to authenticate the second paid service account; if it is authenticated, performing Step c; otherwise, terminating the procedure; and Step c: when the first paid service has been used by the first paid service account, calculating the fee and invoking the interface for deducting fees to deduct the fee from the second paid service account.09-25-2008
20110294463MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATOR - Systems and methods for operating a mobile virtual network are disclosed. A mobile virtual network operator is disclosed as an entity that provides a mobile networking service to a user, the mobile networking service being provided using a physical mobile network provided by a third party. The mobile virtual network operator may provide content distribution services, data access services, or messaging services to a user of a mobile device.12-01-2011
20100015946METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CHARGING FOR AND ROUTING BASED ON MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY SERVICE - The invention discloses a method for charging for a call service comprising: intercepting a request message for triggering a pre-paid service transmitted from a switch device visited by a pre-paid calling subscriber to a Service Control Point (SCP), wherein the request message carries information on a called subscriber; querying a Number Portability Database (NPDB) according to the information on the called subscriber, and carrying RN information obtained by query on the called subscriber in the request message and forwarding the request message to the SCP if the called subscriber is an off-net subscriber; charging, by the SCP, the calling subscriber by taking the called subscriber as an off-net subscriber if the RN information on the called subscriber is carried in the request message, and charging the calling subscriber by taking the called subscriber as an on-net subscriber if the RN information on the called subscriber is not carried in the request message.01-21-2010
20090124234METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SECURING TRANSACTIONS MADE THROUGH A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A method for transmitting data between a mobile communication device and a server. The method includes running a mobile application on the mobile communication device. The mobile application is hosted on the mobile communication device through the server as a Software as a Service (SaaS). The method further includes transmitting data associated with the mobile application between the mobile communication device and the server, in which transmission of the data between the mobile communication device and the server is monitored through the server.05-14-2009
20090098853METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVISION OF GROUPED IDENTITY INFORMATION - An apparatus for provision of grouped identity information may include a processor. The processor may be configured to receive an indication of a subscription for a registration event package, access information related to the subscription and indicative of identities and corresponding services supported for each of the identities, communicate group identity information to a terminal, and enable selection of a particular identity associated with initiating a particular service.04-16-2009
20090318111VOICE PORTAL TO VOICE PORTAL VOIP TRANSFER - A method includes receiving at a voice portal a telephone call from a caller and acquiring from the caller a billing telephone number. The method also includes determining, based on the billing telephone number, that the telephone call should be transferred to a specific call center; identifying an exchange number for the specific call center; assembling a refer message based on the billing telephone number and the exchange number of the specific call center; and sending the refer message to a network device.12-24-2009
20100035576Usage Measurement Collection and Analysis to Dynamically Regulate Customer Network Usage - In a network subscriber system, a method of determining how to monitor whether a subscriber's network usage exceeds a quota for the current billing period. The frequency at which the subscriber's usage data is collected and analyzed during the billing period is based upon the probability the subscriber's network usage exceeds the quota at a given point in time during the billing cycle. Usage data is collected more frequently as the probability increases. Usage analysis is performed if the probability exceeds a threshold.02-11-2010
20100112977Retrieving jurisdiction information from home location register - Calls to a wireless telephone number that are to be redirected by a gateway switch to another number can be properly billed, even if the wireless telephone number is ported to another service provider by billing the wireless telephone number subscriber for the charge that would have been incurred by placing a call to the forwarded number from the mobile telephone located in its home service area.05-06-2010
20090061815METHODS AND PLATFORMS FOR REFRESHING A PRE-PAID ACCOUNT UPON DEMAND BY A USER - Methods and pre-paid platforms are provided to allow a user of a communication device that has a pre-paid account to submit an electronic request for a refresh of the account. The request is presented within a message sent to an address of an entity in control of the account. The entity in control of the account can then select within the message to accept or deny the request for the refresh. The pre-paid platform responds to the selection by either denying the request or by refreshing the account. The pre-paid platform may charge a monetary account for the amount of the refresh that is applied. The request may be for a custom or pre-defined amount. The response by the entity in control may accept a proposed amount or may specify a different amount for the refresh.03-05-2009
20090149154METHOD FOR INTELLIGENT DATA HANDLING FOR MOBILE CALL BILLING USING IMS - A method for billing mobile device calls and traffic data, the method includes: receiving a number, in response to a user's input into a mobile communications device; comparing the received number to a contact list with annotations; determining whether the received number corresponds to a number in the contact list with annotations; generating a directed communication in response to the received number; sending a corresponding annotation to a billing system in response to the determining, and the initiation of the directed communication; wherein the mobile communication device generates the contact list with annotations, in response to the user input on a mobile communication device; and wherein the contact list and annotations are placed in a storage medium within the mobile communication device.06-11-2009
20120088470VERIFIABLE DEVICE ASSISTED SERVICE USAGE BILLING WITH INTEGRATED ACCOUNTING, MEDIATION ACCOUNTING, AND MULTI-ACCOUNT - Various embodiments are disclosed for a services policy communication system and method. In some embodiments, a communications device implements a service policy for assisting billing for the communications device use of a service on a network; and monitors use of the service based on the service policy, in which a local service usage is synchronized with a network based service usage.04-12-2012
20110201303METHOD OF HANDLING A CHANGE TO BEARER CONTROL MODE - Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method and related network node and machine-readable storage medium including one or more of the following: receiving, at the PCRN, a request message from an Evolved Packet Core node; determining whether the request message includes a request for a modification to an IP-CAN session; and if the request message includes a request for a modification to the IP-CAN session: determining a current bearer control mode for the IP-CAN session, determining a previous bearer control mode for the IP-CAN session, comparing the current bearer control mode to the previous bearer control mode, and if the current bearer control mode is different from the previous bearer control mode, modifying the IP-CAN session according to the current bearer control mode.08-18-2011
20090298464MOBILE CELLULAR DEVICE USING ACCESS NUMBERS - A first access number stored on the removable computer chip module is retrieved by a mobile cellular device. The first access number to a cellular network is transmitted by the mobile cellular device using spread spectrum communications. The mobile cellular device receives a second access number in response to the cellular network allowing the mobile cellular device access. The mobile cellular device transmits the second access number to the cellular network using spread spectrum communications for subsequent access to the cellular network.12-03-2009
20100087162Intelligent network for administrating premium rate calls - The invention relates to an Intelligent Network arranged to communicate with a mobile switching center of a mobile communication network. The Intelligent Network is arranged to receive a call message from said mobile switching center comprising a calling party number and a called party number; retrieve a routing label and a tariff cluster number from a first database using said called party number; modify said called party number by adding said routing label and said tariff cluster number as a prefix to said called party number to render a modified called party number; send a routing message to said mobile switching center comprising said modified called party number.04-08-2010
20100081412Charging method, system and apparatus - A charging method is disclosed according to one embodiment of the present disclosure. The method includes receiving a message transmission request carrying message content to be transmitted; generating a message conversion charging ID if the message content is to be converted; sending charging information carrying the message conversion charging ID and performing charging control on the message sender based on the message conversion charging ID. A charging system and apparatus are also disclosed according to embodiments of the present disclosure. With the present disclosure, the charging of message service becomes more flexible and the user experience is improved.04-01-2010
20090264097CHARGING IN LTE/EPC COMMUNICATION NETWORKS - Communication networks and methods are disclosed for performing charging in LTE/EPC communication networks. In an LTE/EPC communication network, a PCRF stores charging rules for online and offline charging. To perform charging for a session, LTE network elements that are serving the session request charging rules from the PCRF. The PCRF identifies the charging rules, and assigns a unique LTE charging identifier for the session across all network elements in the LTE/EPC communication network. The LTE network elements receive the charging rules from the PCRF along with the LTE charging identifier for the session. The LTE network elements generate charging messages for the session, and insert the LTE charging identifier in the charging messages. The LTE network elements then transmit the charging messages to a charging system, such as an OCS or an OFCS. The OCS/OFCS may then correlate the charging messages for the session based on the LTE charging identifier.10-22-2009
20090264096ONLINE CHARGING FOR ROAMING USERS IN A PROXY ONLINE CHARGING SYSTEM OF A VISITED NETWORK - Communication networks and methods are disclosed for performing online charging credit control in a visited network when a user is roaming. The visited network which is providing service to a roaming user includes a proxy online charging system (OCS) that communicates with a home OCS in a home network of the user. The proxy OCS transmits an online charging request message to a home OCS in a home network for the roaming user requesting charging information for the roaming user. The proxy OCS receives an online charging response message from the home OCS that includes the charging information for the roaming user. The proxy OCS then processes the charging information to perform credit control for one or more network elements in the visited network that is serving the session.10-22-2009
20090247121Customer sales and service calls using cell phone, flat fee local and long distance calling plans, digital voice and internet calling plans - A system and methodology that allows customers to use cell phones, flat fee long distance calling plans or internet calling to obtain sales and service by calling toll free telephone numbers provided by stores or businesses interested in providing these services by telephone. Customers with these calling capabilities are more concerned with minutes used than the telephone number called. Since free long distance calling is usually included in the above plans, it is not advantages for companies to pay the cost of toll free phone calls for these customers. This invention will allow customers with the above calling plans to switch or choose between toll free phone numbers and local phone numbers. Each time a customer chooses or switches from a toll free number to a local number it will save money for the company or business being called.10-01-2009
20120295583MOBILE BILLING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING ARS - Disclosed herein is a mobile billing method using an automatic response service (ARS) including (a) receiving an ARS connection number, a payer's number and a mobile terminal number from an ARS server, (b) identifying a franchisee server based on the ARS connection number and requesting billing information based on the payer's number from the franchisee server, (c) transmitting the billing information to the ARS server and receiving a request for authentication and billing from the ARS server, and (d) requesting authentication and billing approval from a billing server, receiving a result of the authentication and billing approval from the billing server and transmitting the result of the authentication and billing approval to the ARS server.11-22-2012
20120295585Prioritisation of Charging in an IMS Network - One aspect provides a method of storing charging data in an IMS network. A message is received at a network entity. A charging priority value of the message relating to charging data associated with the message id identified. The charging priority value is included in a charging request message and the charging request message is forwarded to a charging control system. Other aspects provide IMS network entities configured to implement the method.11-22-2012
20120295582RESTRICTION OF SERVICES FOR COMMUNICATION TERMINALS TO DIRECTED NUMBERS - A network node of a cost charging system authorizes communication services provided to communication terminals in a telecommunications system. The network node receives a communication service request from a communications terminal. The network node determines that a subscriber account associated with the communications terminal has entered a limited service mode. The network node responds to the receipt of the communication service request and to the determination by authorizing the requested communication service in a restricted direct access mode for the subscriber account based on the requested communication service being directed to a telephone number that is among at least one subscriber defined telephone number in the subscriber account. Related methods, home location registers, and systems are disclosed.11-22-2012
20080311883Charging Mechanisms for Ip Multimedia Services - A method of reserving credit for a mobile subscriber in respect of an IP multimedia service. The method comprises, following initial registration of the subscriber to the IP Multimedia service but prior to invocation of an IP Multimedia service, using the early session establishment procedure to reserve a credit amount at a charging control node and to notify an IP Multimedia Serving Element of the credit reservation, whereupon, at invocation of said IP multimedia service, the IP Multimedia Serving Element is able to proceed immediately with the session establishment.12-18-2008
20080280589Wireless Device with Billing Code Button - A wireless communication device comprises a button depressable to associate a communication with the device with a billing account. A method is also disclosed of assigning a communication with a wireless device to a billing account. The method comprises receiving a code from the wireless device corresponding to the billing account, and associating the communication with a billing account.11-13-2008
20090286507Multiple Access Internet Portal Revenue Sharing - Multiple access internet portal billing systems are provided. A representative system, among others, includes a communication facility, a wireless internet server, and a transaction billing system. The communication facility includes a billing platform, and is operable to connect to a plurality of wireless device platforms through a mobile network, and to connect to the wireless internet server. The wireless internet server provides internet access to the wireless devices and communicate at least one billing information record including a usage time to a transaction billing system. The transaction billing system receives the billing information record from the wireless internet server, formats the billing information record, and communicates the formatted record to the communication facility billing platform. Methods and other systems for multiple access internet portals are also provided.11-19-2009
20090286506Fixed Mobile Convergent Service in Enterprise Environments - A method for communicating in an enterprise network includes determining that a mobile device generating a communication request has an assigned enterprise voice number; and based in part on determining that the mobile device has an assigned enterprise voice number, establishing the requested communication over the enterprise network. A system for communicating over an enterprise network includes an enterprise voice number registry that maps enterprise voice numbers to mobile devices registered on the enterprise network, and an enterprise mobile switching center operable to query the enterprise voice number registry to determine if a mobile device is registered and further operable to determine that a communication requested by the mobile device should be established over the enterprise network based on the determination that the mobile device is registered. The enterprise network may be managed by the enterprise operator to satisfy enterprise network users.11-19-2009
20110207430METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING THE CONSUMPTION OF A TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE - The invention relates to a method for optimizing the consumption of telecommunications services in user groups. The method allows analyzing in real time the effectiveness of the multiple attributes of the commercial products associated with telecommunication services offered on a telecommunications network without excess calculations having to be generated, and at the same automatically acting accordingly on those attributes, optimizing the objective functions established by the telecommunications operator in the shortest possible time.08-25-2011
20110207431Accounting Request Processing In A Communication Network - A system and method for accounting request processing in a communication network. When an accounting request is received in a correlating network element from a service-monitoring element, it is stored unless and until the associated service has been completed. When a final accounting request associated with the service has been received, a processing track is determined; one of two or more preferably each associated with a different processing rate. Once a processing track has been assigned, each ACR is placed in a queue for processing; there are multiple queues, each associated with one or more processing tracks. In a preferred embodiment, the backlog of a queue, or of multiple queues, is considered when queuing an ACR. The backlog may be monitored and ACRs may be reassigned to a different queue, or the processing rate of a queue may be adjusted, so that ACRs may be processed at a higher (or lower) rate.08-25-2011
20090280773Charging of circuit-switched voice, SMS, MMS and/or GPRS packet switched data - The present invention provides a flexible selection of subscriber and account related data for charging purposes in a communication network. The subscriber account has at least one charging resource type which is instantiated into at least one charging resource of the charging resource type, and the charging resource is associated with at least one subscriber account. Initially, there is executed an analysis of a service data describing a service event and subscriber/subscriber group related data describing at least one subscriber account to which the service event is to be charged using a configurable analysis structure for generation of a charging resource matching key. The charging resource matching key describes what class of charging resource types could be used for charging the service event. Then, the charging resource matching key is matched to at least one charging resource falling under the classification of the charging resource matching key and being associated with at least one subscriber account to which the service event is to be charged. Finally, the selected at least one charging resource is manipulated.11-12-2009
20090170470 METHOD, APPARATUS OR SOFTWARE FOR MANAGING A CALL IN A TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - A method, apparatus and software is disclosed for managing a call in a telecommunications network, in which an instruction from a calling device to establish a call to a destination is received; a first command to connect a first call leg to the calling device is issued; the first call leg to the calling device is connected; a second command to connect a second call leg to the calling device is issued; the second call leg is connected to the destination instead of the calling device; and the first and second call legs are connected to provide the call between the calling device and the destination.07-02-2009
20110207432METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CHARGING CONTROL - The present invention provides a method for charging control in a Flow Based Charging (FBC) system, which includes the steps of: a Charging Rule Function (CRF) receives a charging rule request message from a Traffic Plane Function (TPF), the CRF sends a charging rule to the TPF. The charging rule includes an indication on whether to perform charging for a service data flow, and if the indication indicates to perform no charging, the service data flow is filtered but no charging information is generated. By applying this invention, operation in the TPF is optimized such that the TPF only needs to perform necessary charging instead of performing charging operation for the service data flow which does not need to be charged. As a result, the load of the TPF is reduced, so is the load of network devices, and system efficiency is improved.08-25-2011
20120289189METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RELIABLE TRANSMISSION OF CHARGING DETAIL RECORDS - A charging detail record transmission capability is provided herein. A mobile gateway (MG) generates charging detail records (CDRs) intended for delivery to a charging gateway function (CGF). The CDRs are propagated toward both a first and second charging data function (CDFs). The first and second CDFs buffer the CDRs. The first CDF is configured for propagating CDRs toward the CGF. The second CDF is configured for propagating CDRs toward the CGF when the first CDF fails. The CGF is configured for acknowledging receipt of CDRs to the first or second CDF from which the CDRs are received. The first CDF is configured for acknowledging, to the second CDF, receipt of acknowledgment messages from the first CDF. The second CDF is configured for, upon failure of the first CDF, initiating a process for determining which of the CDRs buffered at the second CDF need to be propagated to the CGF.11-15-2012
20080268812Method and System For Prepaid Calls on Postpaid Bills - The application relates to the service “pre-paid calls on post-paid bill”. If, for example, there is no money left on a caller's pre-paid account when calling a specific number, the call is charged to the post-paid subscription of a subscriber who agreed to take over the costs for these specific calls. Or if a business buys pre-paid cards for his staff, calls of the employees on working days in the office hours are billed on the post-paid bills of the business rather than on the pre-paid cards.10-30-2008
20090170469ACCURATE BILLING FOR SERVICES USED ACROSS MULTIPLE SERVING NODES - A method, wireless service node, and wireless communication system, are provided to manage wireless service usage and service node migration in the wireless communication system. A registration request from a wireless device (07-02-2009
20100248686METHOD OF PRINTING AND RETRIEVING INFORMATION USING A MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A method of printing first information using a mobile telecommunications device and retrieving further information. The method comprises the steps of: providing a print medium having a linear data track and a two-dimensional coding pattern; printing the first information; automatically reading and decoding the data track during printing to determine a print media identifier; communicating the print media identifier to a computer system; interacting with the print medium and sensing the coding pattern; decoding the sensed coding pattern to determine the print media identifier and a two-dimensional coordinate position; and retrieving further information.09-30-2010
20080287097METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC CALLING UNIT REPLENISHMENT - A method for automatically replenishing vehicle calling units is disclosed herein. The method includes selecting, in response to a user input, a call unit rate plan including parameters designating automatic replenishment of calling units for loading into a telematics unit. A calling plan configuration signal is transmitted to the telematics unit, where the calling plan configuration signal is indicative of the selected call unit rate plan parameters. The telematics unit is configured with the selected call unit rate plan parameters. A current cycle of the rate plan is monitored, via the telematics unit, for its expiration; and the telematics unit determines whether an additional cycle is available in a plan duration upon expiration of the current cycle. If the additional cycle is available, the telematics unit automatically replenishes the calling units to a number of calling units available per cycle upon the expiration of the current cycle.11-20-2008
20080287094AUTHORIZATION AND AUTHENTICATION OF USER ACCESS TO A DISTRIBUTED NETWORK COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH ROAMING FEATURE - A system and method for providing roaming access on a network are disclosed. The network includes a plurality of wireless and/or wired access points. A user may access the network by using client software on a client computer (e.g., a portable computing device) to initiate an access procedure. In response, a network management device operated by a network provider may return an activation response message to the client. The client may send the user's username and password to the network provider. The network provider may rely on a roaming partner, another network provider with whom the user subscribes for internet access, for authentication of the user. Industry-standard methods such as RADIUS, CHAP, or EAP may be used for authentication. The providers may exchange pricing and service information and account information for the authentication session. A customer may select a pricing and service option from a list of available options.11-20-2008
20080287095SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATION, REGISTRATION AND MOBILE PHONE BILLING OF A NETWORK-ENABLED APPLICATION WITH ONE-TIME OPT-IN - A method of providing a service to a customer comprises receiving a request by a customer for an item of content, providing to the customer an option to subscribe to a service for a limited time, if the customer opts to subscribe, then providing the service for the limited time, and if the customer does not opt to subscribe, then not providing the service for the limited time.11-20-2008
20100248685METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR SUPPORTING DISTRIBUTED IMS CHARGING - The present invention relates to communication technology, and in particular, to a method, apparatus and system for supporting distributed IMS charging. The system for supporting distributed IMS charging, comprises: a plurality of nodes, and a index server (09-30-2010
20100248684Telephone apparatus having calling card support function and handsfree apparatus - A telephone apparatus having a calling card support function is disclosed. The telephone apparatus includes: a card information storage section for storing therein card information on a calling card; a controller for making a telephone call with use of the card information stored in the card information storage section, by using telephone communication means; and a card information reception section for receiving the card information stored in a cellular phone from the cellular phone. The controller allows the card information reception section to receive the card information stored in the cellular phone from the cellular phone. The controller records the received card information in the card information storage section when the card information reception section receives the card information stored in the cellular phone from the cellular phone.09-30-2010
20080287096ACCESS CONTROL - A monitoring device makes decision on whether a service requested by a consumer is a sponsored service to the specific consumer or not based on sponsoring rules, i.e. the delivery of the requested service to the consumer can be sponsored if a sponsoring value of the consumer is sufficient in relation to a charge of delivery of the requested service. The sponsoring rules contain various pieces of information for recognizing a sponsored service and for determining the sponsoring value and the cost of the delivery. The sponsoring of different services to different consumers can be controlled, created, deleted, maintained or modified by means of the sponsoring rules. The sponsor, such an advertiser is able to control the cost of sponsoring by affecting the sponsoring value.11-20-2008
20080274715Call Cost Indicator For Mobile Devices - A method and apparatus to enhance decision making capabilities of a user of a mobile device, the method having the steps of: receiving, at the mobile device, information related to the cost of mobile services; and communicating an indication of the cost of mobile services to the user.11-06-2008
20080268811PAYMENT APPLICATION DOWNLOAD TO MOBILE PHONE AND PHONE PERSONALIZATION - A method and system of personalizing a mobile phone over a wireless network is provided. The method is fast, reliable, and eliminates the need for an uninterrupted online connection to a host server in order to achieve successful download of user information. With the method and system, a mobile phone can be personalized for various purposes, such as for conducting financial transactions.10-30-2008
20120196565NETWORK TOOLS FOR ANALYSIS, DESIGN, TESTING, AND PRODUCTION OF SERVICES - Various embodiments are disclosed for a services policy communication system and method. In some embodiments, a network device publishes a test service profile to a group of communications devices, in which the test service profile provides for beta testing of the test service profile for a service on a network, and the test service profile includes service policy settings; and monitors use of the service by the group of communications devices based on the test service profile.08-02-2012
20120196564Hands Free Calling System for Telematics Users Using A Network-Based Pre-Pay System - The described invention provides a method and system for allowing subscribers of a telematics service provider (TSP) to make hands-free phone calls within their vehicles through a telematics unit over a network or hardware-based pre-pay system, wherein the telematics unit or a wireless network provider associated with the TSP controls the ingoing and outgoing hands-free calling (HFC) processes. The wireless network provider, through its system at a remote call center or through the telematics unit, may determine whether the subscriber has subscribed to the TSP's HFC service, whether the subscriber has a sufficient remaining balance to initiate, receive or continue a call, and whether a user of the telematics unit is “roaming.” When a user attempts to make or receive a call through the telematics unit, the wireless network provider or the telematics unit may handle the incoming or outgoing call processing, and may further provide subscriber account balance notifications to the user.08-02-2012
20090093231METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR CHARGING IN PoC SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a charging method in Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) system. The method includes receiving, by a charging function, a charging request from a PoC server, wherein the charging request includes user access priority information; resolving, by a charging function (CF), the charging request to acquire the user access priority information; and performing, upon the PoC server, a charging policy associated with the user access priority according to the user access priority information. Embodiments of the present invention also disclose a charging system in PoC system, a PoC server and a charging function (CF). By applying the present invention, different charging policies are applied to different user based on the differentiation of user access priority. Therefore, the charging is more accurate and the present invention is also convenient to apply.04-09-2009
20090298465LEGACY COOPERATION DEVICE AND PROCESSING METHOD - A legacy cooperation device and processing method for a mobile communication system to be cooperated in an open mobile business supporting system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes i) setting up a plurality of biz objects that perform a determination process based on a service process and a result thereof of a legacy system of a mobile communication system, ii) providing an API (application program interface) for each of the setup biz objects, iii) receiving a result of performing a predetermined biz object from a legacy system through the provided API and iv) requesting a service process to a corresponding legacy system according to the requested biz object, receiving a result of performing the service process, and returning the received result to the legacy system that requests the service process.12-03-2009
20090298463SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEARCHING FOR MOST ECONOMICAL CALL MODE - A system for searching for a most economical call mode includes a mobile phone, a network, and a user terminal. The mobile phone includes a dialing module, an information acquisition module, a calculation controlling module, an instant messaging module, and a database storing a plurality of calling fee standards. The user terminal is capable of communicating with the mobile phone through the network. The user terminal includes a first call terminal and a second call terminal. An instant messaging software is embedded in the second call terminal. The information acquisition module is started up, and the instant messaging module determines if the second call terminal is on-line. If the second call terminal is on-line, the calculation controlling module is started up to calculate the most economical call mode via searching in the database, and suggests selecting the most economical call mode to establish a communication.12-03-2009
20090163172METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR ONLINE CHARGING - A method and apparatus for invoking online charging of a service requested via a communications network and to be accessed according to a first protocol, wherein subscriber information is received from a first network element (06-25-2009
20090081988Recovery of Lost Revenue in Prepaid Calls - A method and system for processing a prepaid call in a mobile telecommunications network wherein charges can be recovered for the call after the SCP and Prepaid Platform lose contact with the MSC or GMSC handling the call. A Trigger Detection Point known as “O-Disconnect” or “T-Disconnect” can be armed in a prepaid subscriber's HLR and can be triggered when the MSC/GMSC loses contact with the SCP. The MSC/GMSC can record the time that the TDP was triggered in memory. The MSC/GMSC can then monitor for call disconnect and record the disconnection time in memory. When the call is disconnected the MSC/GMSC can renew contact with the SCP. MSC/GMSC can identify the call using a unique call identifier and advise the SCP of the times at which contact was lost and the call was disconnected. The SCP can use this information to calculate a charge for the portion of the call that occurred after contact with the MSC/GMSC was lost so that the entire call can be charged in near real-time.03-26-2009
20090186599Automatic Migration Of Prepaid Accounts For Wireless Communication Services - Subscribers of a communication service may select from a number of bundled service plans, wherein a recurring charge is paid from prepaid accounts by the subscribers in exchange for a bundled package of services. The plans may further require subscribers to add a value to their prepaid accounts with a minimum frequency. If a subscriber fails to add value to the account within the required time period, the subscriber is automatically migrated to a different plan that includes fewer or no bundled services and may charge more per use of the services. If the subscriber subsequently adds sufficient funds to the account to satisfy the periodic payment requirement, the subscriber may be re-enrolled in that originally selected bundled service plan.07-23-2009
20090005002Method and system for collecting information about portable device usage - Methods and portable devices for collecting information about portable device usage are disclosed. Embodiments provide convenient, efficient, and cost-effective methods of monitoring and collecting information about on-portal/off-portal usage, on-network/off-network data usage, interactive (e.g., streaming media, interactive gaming, mobile conferencing, etc.) usage, and wireless IP usage, where the portable device usage is monitored by the portable device itself.01-01-2009
20090005001System and method for a wireless handset upgrade credit - A system and method for a feature credit. A feature credit is determined for a user in response to services being utilized by the user. A feature credit balance is adjusted in response to determining the feature credit.01-01-2009
20090186598Automatic Step-Down of Prepaid Accounts for Communication Services - Subscribers of a wireless communication service may select from a number of bundled service plans, wherein a recurring charge is paid from prepaid accounts by the subscribers in exchange for a bundled package of services. If a subscriber does not have sufficient value in the subscriber's account to pay the recurring charge for the selected bundled service plan, the subscriber's account is automatically stepped down to a different plan that includes fewer or no bundled services and that may charge more per use of the services. If the subscriber subsequently adds sufficient funds to the account to pay for the originally selected service plan, the subscriber may be re-enrolled in that originally selected bundled service plan.07-23-2009
20090258630SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTELLIGENT SYNTAX MATCHING - The ubiquitous nature of wireless devices has given rise to among other things an explosive growth in messaging including, among other categories of messaging, Application-to-Peer messaging. It is inevitable that various errors (e.g., misspellings, typographic errors, transpositions, etc.) will occur as a mobile subscriber adds one or more keywords, codes, indicators, responses, etc. to an Application-to-Peer message. An error-laden message will likely be dropped, discarded, ignored, etc. when it is processed contributing to among other things a poor user experience. An infrastructure that offers possibly among other things an intelligent syntax matching capability accommodates (by, for example, automatically identifying, correcting or otherwise resolving, etc.) such errors so that messages containing such errors may be processed. The infrastructure may optionally leverage the capabilities of a centrally-located Messaging Inter-Carrier Vendor.10-15-2009
20110223882METHODS, APPARATUSES, SYSTEM AND RELATED COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CHARGING OF ALWAYS-ON CONNECTIONS - The generation of charging data and charging traffic is reduced during idle periods of an always-on connection. During the detection of idle periods on the always-on connection special data like ICMP messages, keep alive messages and polling messages is ignored and not counted as active traffic. When an idle period is detected the charging session related to the always-on connection is suspended for the duration of the idle period in order to reduce the generation of charging data related to the idle always-on connection without terminating the charging session. Further on the user is not billed for the detected periods where the always-on connection was idle.09-15-2011
20100003963METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANAGING SUBSCRIBER CONNECTION - The invention relates to a device for managing a subscriber connection, the device including a mechanism for granting connection services to the subscriber connection, mechanism for monitoring reception behavior concerning predetermined messages conveyed to the subscriber connection, and a mechanism for controlling a further connection service grant to the subscriber connection based on the reception behavior.01-07-2010
20130217357OPERATING 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.08-22-2013
20090054030MOBILE BILLBOARD AND USAGE ADVISOR - System for providing dynamic recommendations associated with usage of a wireless communication service from a service provider (SP) of a user. A memory area stores at least one or more of the following service usage information: a service plan of the wireless communication service of the user, a service charge structure of a wireless communication service, a service coverage area of the wireless communication service provider (SP), a usage information of the wireless communication service of the user, and tariff information associated with the usage. A processor is configured to execute computer-executable instructions for monitoring the usage of the wireless communication service. The processor is also configured to correlate the monitored usage with the service usage information stored on the memory area. The processor is configured to generate a recommendation based on the correlation of the monitored usage and the service usage information. The generated recommendation provides a cost analysis of using the wireless communication service by the user. An interface provides the generated recommendation associated with the usage to the user.02-26-2009
20090088130Method for Dynamic Multi-Level Pricing for Wireless Communications According to Quality of Service - A method for pricing wireless communications services on a wireless network is described. A selection of a plurality of priorities available for transmitting a wireless communication transaction on a wireless network is provided, wherein the priority to be selected corresponds to the speed and allowable delay by which the transaction is to be transmitted. Transactions of lower priority are temporarily discontinued in favor of higher priority transactions when network capacity reaches a predetermined level. An amount is charged for the wireless communication transaction at a price corresponding to the priority and duration to be selected.04-02-2009
20090054032METHOD, SYSTEM AND VPBX FOR SENDING SHORT MESSAGES - A method, a system and a Virtual Private Branch Exchange (VPBX) for sending short messages, wherein users in a group can send short messages to each other by using a special service number plus an extension number; users in a group can send short messages to users outside the group by entering the special service number plus a called number; and users outside a group can send short messages to users in the group by using the main number of the group plus an extension number. Short messages can be sent between users in the same group or between users in the group and users outside the group by using pseudo numbers, this protects the privacy of the numbers of users in a group and breaks through the limitation that only users in the same VPMN group can use pseudo numbers to send short messages to each other; users in a group communicate with users outside the group through short messages using the main number of the group plus an extension number, a unified service window is open to external users and a good image is set up for the group. In addition, the interaction with the intelligent network for the translation of the calling number and the called number of a short message is avoided, thus reducing the impact of the service system on the intelligent network.02-26-2009
20110230164SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING ROAMING-SPECIFIC COST SAVING USAGE PATTERNS - Apparatus located at a first mobile telephony network, said network comprising a detector for detecting at least one of roaming registration signals and session management signals of roaming mobile telephony users of said first mobile telephony network who are roaming at another mobile telephony networks; and an analytics unit, associated with said detector, for analyzing said detected signals per individual roaming users, and identifying, from said signals, any one of a plurality of predefined cost saving behaviors of respective individual roaming users. The analytics unit provides an identification output for any of said individual roaming users who is identified to be engaging in one of said predefined cost saving behaviors.09-22-2011
20090209229OFFLINE CHARGING FOR SESSIONS OVER A 3GPP NETWORK AND A WLAN ACCESS NETWORK - Communication networks and methods are disclosed for providing offline charging in a 3GPP network for sessions over a wireless local area network (WLAN) access network. A AAA server in the 3GPP network provides offline charging messages for a session to an offline charging system. If a data flow is established during the session, such as streaming video, then a packet data network gateway provides offline charging messages for the data flow to the offline charging system. The AAA server and the packet data network gateway share charging identifiers so that one or both are able to include the charging identifier for the session and the charging identifier for the data flow in an offline charging message. This allows the offline charging system to effectively correlate CDRs for the session with CDRs for the data flow occurring during the session.08-20-2009
20120302208CHARGING DATA RECORD GENERATING NODE - 1. A Charging Data Record, CDR, generating node (11-29-2012
20090117874Implementing generic cell global identity for unlicensed mobile access - A method for causing GSM location information and UMA billing information to be encapsulated in a single CGI structural element during a standalone UMA network access session comprises a plurality of operations. An operation is provided for applying at least one algorithm to location information of a Mobile Station (MS) serving a subscriber device during a standalone UMA network access session for causing at least one of compressing, re-aligning and repackaging the MS location information whereby an amount of MS location information holding space of a GSM Edge Radio Access Network (GERAN) Cell Global Identity (CGI) structural element occupied by the MS location information is reduced such that a portion of the MS location information holding space becomes unused. An operation is performed for inserting UMA billing information into at least a portion of the unused portion of the MS location information holding space.05-07-2009
20090203353CHARGING IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method and a system for determining a charge for a communication in a communications network is provided. A message is received from a user equipment. The message comprises a payload and is addressed to a plurality of destinations. A first message is sent towards a destination of the plurality of destinations. The first message comprises the payload, a first charging identifier, and a second charging identifier. The first charging identifier is associated with the message and the second charging identifier is generated for the destination. A charging message is sent to a network node to charge an account of the user equipment. The charging message comprises the first charging identifier and the second charging identifier.08-13-2009
20090247119METHOD AND DEVICE IN A TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM FOR SETTING UP AND BILLING A ROAMING COMMUNICATIONS CONNECTION - The invention relates to a method and a device for setting up and billing a roaming communications connection between a first calling subscriber of a first communications network and a second called subscriber of the first and or another communications network who is checked into a roaming communications network. Billing data records concerning the accrued costs of the roaming connection are generated by the communications networks, are exchanged between billing systems of the communications networks, and the subscribers arc charged the costs of the roaming connection on the basis of the billing data records. According to the invention, the costs for a connection, which originates from the first, calling subscriber and which is incoming to the second, called subscriber are charged exclusively to the first subscriber under conditions individually agreed upon beforehand.10-01-2009
20120077460CHARGING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PUSH-TO-TALK OVER CELLULAR SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present invention relate to a charging method and system for a Push-to-talk over Cellular (PoC) system. The charging method for a PoC system includes: after sending an initial online charging request to an Online Charging System (OCS), receiving an initial online charging response message that is sent by the OCS and carries a downlink channel type switching trigger variable; monitoring a type of a downlink channel used by a PoC service according to the downlink channel type switching trigger variable; and sending an online charging request to the OCS if switching of the type of the downlink channel used by the PoC service is detected, where the online charging request includes a switched type of the downlink channel. The embodiments of the present invention implement precise and proper charging for a PoC client when the PoC client switches a channel.03-29-2012
20090253405Intelligent Real Time Billing for Messaging - Traditional systems and methods of billing for text messages for prepaid customers are improved by offering a service provider a series of features relating to intelligent and customized billing. These features include the ability to determine priority of messages sent for certain purposes such as SMS Voting, participating in contests, and other uses, and subsequently processing the billing requests generated by these messages in a dynamic manner in real time or close to real time through dynamic late-billing. The service provider has the option of arranging relevant billing requests in queues and queue groups, and allocating system resources for processing billing requests in order of priority. The end result is increased revenue for the mobile operator and greater customer satisfaction.10-08-2009
20100151819PREMIUM SMS FOR PREPAID SERVICE - An exemplary system and method are directed at the selective delivery of communications messages. The selective delivery may comprise receiving a communications message from a network device; determining an identifier associated with the communications message; determining whether a subscriber is blocked from receiving the communications message based at least in part on the identifier; and selectively delivering the communications message to the subscriber based on the determination.06-17-2010
20120142310SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MOBILE DEVICES AND SERVICES - The mobile device management system provides for administration of mobile devices associated with a customer and supported by multiple service providers or carriers. The system provides a central, customized interface for management of mobile devices. The system aggregates customer policies, service plan information from various service providers and specific end user information to enable management of mobile devices. Management functions include procurement, expense management, billing and invoicing, support and monitoring of mobile devices associated with the customer. This system and method for managing mobile devices and services keeps the customers mobile workforce connected while reducing the total cost of ownership.06-07-2012
20100184404System and Method for Enhanced Mobile User Rewards - Coincident with the evolution, maturation, etc. of wireless messaging ecosystems an infrastructure that supports offering to mobile subscribers different types of rewards (for example, possibly inter alia, cash, free service offerings, product coupons and/or discounts, popularity indicators, etc.) for specific mobile subscriber behaviors including, possibly inter alia, a mobile subscribers' creation and sending of increasing numbers of certain types of messages. The infrastructure may optionally leverage the capabilities of a centrally-located Messaging Inter-Carrier Vendor.07-22-2010
20090305662Generation of Charging Information in Group Communications System - The present invention relates to a method for collecting inter-operator charging information in a group communications system comprising a first group communications network element and a second group communications network element. An intermediate charging information collection unit is provided in an interface between the group communication network elements. The charging information collection unit examines a group communications message received from the first group communications network element or the second group communications network elements. A charging information unit is generated based on at least a portion of the message and the charging information unit is applied for inter-network charging to charge for use of inter-network resources.12-10-2009
20100222022COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND ACCESS METHOD TO SERVICE PROVIDER BASE - A communication method, a communication system and a method of accessing a service provider base are disclosed. A network function gateway server of a communication common carrier includes a unit for executing at least one of the network functions based on the request sent from an xSP server and sending a network function execution response to the xSP server, and a unit for charging the subscriber corresponding to the service provider xSP in accordance with the number of times the network is used.09-02-2010
20100184403ADVICE OF CHARGING (AoC) SERVICES IN IMS NETWORKS - IMS networks, subscriber databases, and methods are disclosed for providing AoC services in IMS networks. The subscriber database is provisioned with AoC indicators for IMS users that subscribe to AoC services. An S-CSCF in an IMS network receives a first register message from an IMS user, and transmits a second register message to the subscriber database. In response to the second register message, the subscriber database identifies an AoC indicator for the IMS user that is registering, inserts the AoC indicator in a third register message, and transmits the third register message to the S-CSCF. The S-CSCF then stores the AoC indicator for the IMS user. If a signaling message is received for a session involving the IMS user, then the S-CSCF will forward the AoC indicator for the IMS user to an AoC application server, which collects the appropriate AoC information and provides the information to the IMS user.07-22-2010
20080214144System and Method for Message-Based Access - A method and system for providing message-based access to services includes receiving a request message from a mobile subscriber relating to a service that is desired by the mobile subscriber, routing the request message for processing, performing one or more activities in accordance with the requested service, returning a response message to the mobile subscriber, and facilitating/enabling/etc. access to the requested service.09-04-2008
20100222021METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING SERVICES USING BEARER TAGS - An approach is provided for managing one or more services corresponding to a bearer tag (e.g., near field communication (NFC) tag, radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, contactless card, or barcode). A request to manage a service is initiated by reading service information from a bearer tag corresponding to the one or more services. A services platform initiates management of the one or more services based on the service information according to a predetermined or recurring billing arrangement.09-02-2010
20100216425Systems and Methods to Approve Electronic Payments - Systems and methods are provided to facilitate online transactions via mobile communications. In one aspect, a system includes a data storage facility to store an account identifier of a user and a phone number of the user and an interchange coupled with the data storage facility. The interchange includes a common format processor and a plurality of converters to interface with a plurality of different controllers of mobile communications. The converters are configured to communicate with the common format processor in a common format and to communicate with the controllers in different formats. The interchange uses the converters to communicate with the mobile phone of a user to confirm the identity of the user using a user terminal separate from the mobile phone for subsequent payment requests from the user terminal to be fulfilled using the account identifier.08-26-2010
20120142311Charging System and Method - The present invention provides a charging method, including: a mobility management network element obtaining charging policy information of a terminal from a user subscription data network element; an access network element obtaining the charging policy information of the terminal from the mobility management network element; and the access network element storing the charging policy information of the terminal, and charging for services of the terminal according to the charging policy information. Accordingly, the present invention also provides a charging system, an access network element and a mobility management network element. The technical scheme of the present invention can send the charging policy information to the radio side network element in the LIPA structure to realize the dynamic charging based on users of services; and it can cover the LTE network and the 3G network at the same time.06-07-2012
20100222020System and Method for Monitoring Message Usage - A computer implemented method for monitoring message usage on a communication device. An audible message may be outputted on the communication device in replacement of a pre-determined telephone tone. A duration parameter of outputting the audible message in replacement of the pre-determined telephone tone may be determined, and provided to a billing system for determining a compensation parameter.09-02-2010
20090042538METHOD FOR OBTAINING PACKET BILLING INFORMATION BASED ON SESSION INITIATION PROTOCOL - Disclosed is a method for controlling billing in a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) call server The method includes the steps of: receiving an invite message from a calling SIP terminal; transmitting a (02-12-2009
20090042537SUBSCRIBER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR A COMMUNICATION NETWORK - A subscriber management system for a communication system having a radio access network coupled to by a gateway node to a packet switched network. The system consolidates three prior art subscriber management system components, a DPI device, a QoS Policy Manager 02-12-2009
20090042536Method and apparatus to manage femtocell traffic - Common techniques for processing cellular service uses a signal cellular tower, but these techniques are limited to the capacity of the single cellular tower. In contrast, a system employing an example embodiment of the invention increases ability to process cellular service by using an access point access network using resident wireless devices, referred to as a femtocell. A system supports communications of a resident and roaming device while employing the access point access network, based on database information, to support soft handoff between adjacent femtocells or from femtocell to cell tower and vice-versa. As a result, the system enables the resident and roaming devices to have seamless transitions between the cellular access network and the access point access network. Thus, the access point access network supplements cellular access networks and can provide cellular service regardless of the capacity of the cellular tower.02-12-2009
20090075626METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS OF CHARGING FOR GROUP MODE SERVICE - An charging method for group mode service relating to the group mode service in communication networks is disclosed, the method includes: sending, an initial accounting request to a charging system in response to receiving a service request for establishing a group session from a client, to enable the charging system account at an initial rate; and initiating an interim accounting request to the charging system to enable the charging system account at a rate corresponding to the current group scale in response to detecting that group scale is changed according to a preset threshold for the number of group users. The present invention also provides the corresponding application server, charging apparatus and group mode service's underlying system. By using the present invention to charge the group mode service, the charging interaction between the application server and the charging system is substantially reduced, and the network system resource consumed is reduced.03-19-2009
20100015944Supplier Funds Reception Electronically - Apparatuses and methods to facilitate customer to supplier funds transfer via premium messages. In one aspect, an apparatus to electronically transfer funds from a customer to a supplier, includes: a server component connected to a network; and a database coupled to the server component. The server component is configured to: transmit a plurality of premium rate mobile terminating text messages to the first mobile cellular telephone to effect a transfer of funds from the customer for reception by the supplier, after the customer has placed an order with the supplier; and transmit a notification message to a second mobile cellular telephone having a second telephone number to confirm that the transfer of funds has taken place.01-21-2010
20100197266DEVICE ASSISTED CDR CREATION, AGGREGATION, MEDIATION AND BILLING - Device assisted CDR creation, aggregation, mediation and billing is provided. In some embodiments, device assisted CDR creation, aggregation, mediation and billing for a wireless network includes collecting device generated service usage information for one or more devices in wireless communication on the wireless network; and providing the device generated service usage information in a syntax (e.g., a device assisted charging data record (CDR)) and a communication protocol (e.g., 3GPP, 3GPP2, or other communication protocols) that can be used by other network devices to augment or replace network generated service usage information for the one or more devices in wireless communication on the wireless network.08-05-2010
20090036093PHONE CALL ACTIVATION AND BILLING SYSTEM - A phone call activation and billing system using the Internet, which includes a user's phone, a first CPU operably associated with said user's phone, the first CPU having operating hardware and software and web browser software operably connected to the Internet to permit communicating with search engine software to generate a listed telephone number at a search engine page and software for activating a call between a second phone associated with the listed telephone number and said user's phone associated with a user's number. Software is provided for billing time associated with the call.02-05-2009
20090247120SWITCHING SYSTEM AND CORRESPONDING METHOD FOR UNICAST OR MULTICAST END-TO-END DATA AND/OR MULTIMEDIA STREAM TRANSMISSIONS BETWEEN NETWORK NODES - A method for setting up a data link including the steps of requesting an identity of an IP network node by a registration module; transmitting an International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) stored on a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card of the IP network node to the registration module, storing the received IMSI in a user database of the registration module, complementing an IP data channel to form signal and data channels of a GSM network by a signaling gateway module, using the complemented IP data channel having GSM data as a basis for generating the necessary SS7/MAP functions for authenticating the IP network node, authenticating the IP network node by using the IMSI of the SIM card of the IP network node, receiving an appropriate entry in the user database of the registration module upon successful authentication, and setting up a data link to the at least some of the network nodes by the control module of the central connecting unit.10-01-2009
20090203351COMMUNICATION CONTROL DEVICE, LOCATION-DEPENDENT CHARGE CONTROL SYSTEM, AND LOCATION-DEPENDENT CHARGE CONTROL METHOD - A communication control device (08-13-2009
20120244834CONTROLLED MOBILE COMMUNICATION AS A SERVICE - A method of providing controlled mobile communication as a service includes storing, in a memory associated with a data processing device and/or a base station controller, a level of control of wireless communication associated with a mobile device of a customer of the controlled mobile communication as a service. The wireless communication is provided through a mobile network operator. The method also includes identifying, through the base station controller, the mobile device based on an identification data associated therewith when the mobile device is within a controlled area associated with the controlled mobile communication service, and controlling the wireless communication associated with the mobile device of the customer through the base station controller in accordance with the level of control stored in the memory following the identification of the mobile device.09-27-2012
20080305765Chat and Voice Service - A chat service is free when used by an authenticated user of a mobile phone service. If a non-authenticated user attempts to use the chat service, the non-authenticated user may be allowed to access a subset of the chat system's user functions, the non-authenticated user may be allowed to access the chat service but only by also listening to advertisements, the non-authenticated user may not be allowed to access the chat service at all, and/or the non-authenticated user may be provided with an opportunity to become authenticated. Opportunities to become authenticated may include providing that the user may subscribe to a specific mobile phone service, may pay monetary consideration, and/or may provide other consideration, such as information about the user.12-11-2008
20100297982PRE-PAID WIRELESS INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE SYSTEM WITH VARIABLE ANNOUNCEMENTS - A wireless communications system providing interactive voice response is disclosed. The system is menu-driven, and can accept information and requests from customers. In response to one type of request, the system can provide the customer with information regarding one or more previous transactions. The system also includes provisions that permit customers to retrieve multiple previous transactions.11-25-2010
20110117880METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH SENDING COMMUNICATIONS - Methods and apparatus for determining a charge for a communication with one or more devices may include identifying a communication from a first device to a second device. The methods and apparatus may further include determining if the first device has a relationship with the second device by identifying another communication between the first device and the second device prior to the time of the communication, and determining a charge amount based upon the determining.05-19-2011
20130130642USER-INITIATED QUALITY OF SERVICE MODIFICATION IN A MOBILE DEVICE - A system and method that facilitates mobile device selection among available qualities of service is described herein. A telecommunications network sends a notification to a mobile device when a change in quality of service is available to the mobile device. The mobile device then enables selection of an upgrade or downgrade to the current quality of service. In response to a selection, the mobile device transmits to the telecommunications network the change in quality of service. The telecommunications network then adjusts the quality of service in accordance with the request.05-23-2013
20130130643SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVISIONING INTERNET ACCESS TO A COMPUTING DEVICE - A system and method for provisioning Internet access to a computing device comprising an Internet access adjustment facilitator arranged to receive a request from the computing device for adjusting Internet access from a paid Internet access mode to a toll-free Internet access mode; and a whitelist in communication with the Internet access adjustment facilitator, the whitelist maintaining a list of web resources available for toll free access by the computing device; wherein upon successful processing of the request, the list of web resources are toll free for access by the computing device. The system may further be adapted for billing/charging based on either pay-per-specified-time model or pay per action model.05-23-2013
20130130644Method for Transferring Data from a Plurality of SIM-Less Communication Modules - The invention relates to a method of transferring data from at least a first communication module and a second communication module to, respectively, a first data processing centre and a second data processing centre via a circuit switched telecommunications network. A first and second connection request containing respective first and second pre-provisioned telephone numbers from the first and second communication modules are received in the network. The first and second telephone numbers are processed such that the network refrains from authenticating the first and second communication modules. Subsequently first and a second circuit switched data connections are established with the first and second communication modules for receiving data. The data can be routed from the first communication module to the first data processing centre and from the second communication module to the second data processing centre in accordance with the first and second telephone numbers, respectively.05-23-2013
20130130645SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC GENERATION, REGISTRATION AND MOBILE PHONE BILLING OF A POD USING THIRD PARTY WEB PAGE CONTENT - The systems and methods described herein generally relate to a method and system for automatically generating an application pod for a third party through which the third party's content is offered for access, purchase and use by mobile phone users within a community network. More specifically, the systems and methods described herein are directed to an application pod that can be automatically generated based on content and information retrieved from one or more web pages of the third party.05-23-2013
20100304711TRANSMITTING DATA OVER A MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK - A network is configured to charge fees at a first rate for transmitting data of a first type and fees at a second, less expensive, rate for transmitting data of a second type. In a first embodiment, at least a portion of the original data transmitted is converted from the first type into the second type before sending the processed data to the network. A corresponding conversion from the second type into the first type is performed at the receiver's side to obtain re-created data from the received data. In a second embodiment, the original data is processed to obtain at least a first portion of data having the first type and a second portion of data having the second type. The at least two portions are sent to the network via different channels ensuring that at least the second portion will be billed at the second, lower rate.12-02-2010
20100311389WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SERVICE SYSTEM AND TRANSMISSION METHOD THEREOF, AND MOBILE PHONE AND DIALING METHOD UTILIZING THE SYSTEM - A wireless communication service system and a mobile phone are provided. The mobile phone generates a calling signal of a recipient number and determines whether a storage unit has stored a cornet associated with the recipient number. If the storage unit has stored the cornet, the mobile phone sends a transmission containing the cornet. If the storage unit has not stored the cornet, the mobile phone sends a transmission containing the recipient number. When the wireless communication service system receives the transmission containing the recipient number, the wireless communication service system determines whether the recipient number has joined a cornet cluster network of a caller number. If so, the wireless communication service system calls the cornet. If not, the wireless communication service system calls the recipient number.12-09-2010
20110111729MULTI-TIER QUALITY OF SERVICE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS - The present invention pertains to improved communication quality of service (QoS) in cellular communication networks (05-12-2011
20090068981CHARGING EFFICIENCY - A method for performing charging in a telecommunications system, comprising: storing at a subscriber information store subscription information including charging arrangement information indicative of the charging arrangement for a first communication terminal operating in the telecommunications system; providing by means of packet data interface apparatus packet data communication services to the first terminal, the packet data interface apparatus being capable of interfacing between the first communication terminal and a packet-switched data link to another communications terminal; generating by means of packet data interface apparatus charging messages indicative of the usage of the packet data communication services by the first terminal; transferring the charging messages to charging apparatus; and performing by means of the charging apparatus a charging operation to attribute to a subscriber for the first communications terminal a charge for use of the communication services by the first terminal; the method further including the steps of: transferring the charging arrangement information to the packet data interface apparatus; and storing at the packet data interface apparatus the charging arrangement information for the first communication terminal; and wherein the stop of generating charge messages comprises generating the said charging messages dependant on the charging arrangement information for the first communication terminal.03-12-2009
20090036094ACCOUNTING OF DATA TRANSMISSION COSTS IN A MOBILE RADIO NETWORK - A method is provided for the accounting of data transmission costs in a mobile radio network, in particular text and/or image data with or without sound, such that data which is or will be transmitted is assigned at least one cost signal for the costs of sending one or more replies relating to the transmitted data, and that this or these cost signal(s) are transmitted to the recipient(s) of the data.02-05-2009
20110039518METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A DISTRIBUTED ROAMING MASTER (DRM) IN WIRELESS DATA NETWORKS - A system and methodology that can facilitate communication between home and roaming radio access networks by employing IP-based messaging is provided. The system employs a Distributed Roaming Master (DRM) that facilitates authentication and/or authorization of roaming UEs (user equipment) by employing information, which can be downloaded from a home carrier-DRM over an IP network, in advance or in real time. Further, the DRM can utilize the downloaded information to route data packets between authorized roaming UEs and end-destinations, over the IP network. Furthermore, the system can implement Distributed Roaming Servers (DRS), which can be distributed at strategic points in the radio access networks and can perform a subset of functions performed by the DRM. Additionally, the system can include a Distributed Roaming Configuration Server (DRCS) that facilitates management and configuration of the DRM and/or DRSs based on one or more records stored in a Distributed Roaming Security Catalog (DRSC).02-17-2011
20100330957MOBILE TERMINAL AUTHENTICATION METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method and system of authenticating a mobile terminal may include using a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) authentication device managed by a mobile virtual network operator, receiving an authentication request sent from the mobile terminal from a relay device via a MVNO base station configured to provide a service of the mobile virtual network operator, where the relay device is located between the MVNO base station or a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) base station configured to provide a service of a mobile network operator and the MVNO authentication device or a MNO authentication device managed by the mobile network operator, and determining whether or not access from the mobile terminal, as a MVNO mobile terminal registered as a user of the mobile virtual network operator, based on the authentication request is permitted.12-30-2010
20110009089Method, system and apparatus of charging for group mode service - A charging method for group mode service relating to the group mode service in communication networks is disclosed, the method includes: sending, an initial accounting request to a charging system in response to receiving a service request for establishing a group session from a client, to enable the charging system account at an initial rate; and initiating an interim accounting request to the charging system to enable the charging system account at a rate corresponding to the current group scale in response to detecting that group scale is changed according to a preset threshold for the number of group users. The present invention also provides the corresponding application server and group mode service's underlying system. By using the present invention to charge the group mode service, the charging interaction between the application server and the charging system is substantially reduced, and the network system resource consumed is reduced.01-13-2011
20100151818PROVIDING UBIQUITOUS WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY AND A MARKETPLACE FOR EXCHANGING WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY USING A CONNECTIVITY EXCHANGE - Various implementations are described herein for using a connectivity exchange to provide ubiquitous wireless connectivity and a marketplace for exchanging wireless connectivity. Wireless service providers join the connectivity exchange and enable users to access the Internet using their wireless connectivity via the connectivity exchange. Users are authenticated via the exchange and rates and terms for users to access the Internet are negotiated. General service providers provide services via the exchange.06-17-2010
20100151820Devices, Systems and Methods for Localized and Controlled Telephone Service - Devices, systems and methods are disclosed which relate to a visually distinct and tamper-resistant wireless telephone and a system for issuing the telephone, validating a call, and monitoring the call. This solution uses a durable wireless telephone design. Prepaid correctional wireless telephones are issued to inmates at correctional facilities. A system restricts calling to a centralized call control platform and performs validation, call detail data collection and storage, security, and ancillary features. The call detail data collection and storage is used for records and auditing purposes. Ancillary features include recording, three-way call detection, etc. A method is employed which validates a user's call and monitors the contents for security.06-17-2010
20100015945REDUCING LATENCY IN A PREPAID GROUP COMMUNICATION SESSION WITHIN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM - Embodiments are directed to managing a prepaid server-arbitrated group communication session within a wireless communications system. A server receives, from a session originator, a request to setup a prepaid group communication session with at least one session target, the prepaid group communication session requiring each session participant to have an available prepaid account balance above a threshold level. The server sends a query to an online charging system to determine whether at least the session originator has a prepaid account with an available balance at least equal to the threshold level. The server initiates setup of the requested prepaid group communication session without waiting to receive a response to the query, thereby reducing latency associated with set-up of the prepaid group communication session.01-21-2010
20100136948METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CIRCULATING MESSAGES - A method for circulating a message to a group of people, including sending a circulated message by a 106-03-2010
20120190329METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING MEDIA CONTENT TO A USER - A Call Session Control Function (CSCF) unit may receive from a user a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) message, which may be transmitted via a communication terminal, identifying particular media content on a particular content server, and in response the CSCF unit may transmit a second message to a particular application server (SIP-AS) if the CSCF unit determines that the SIP message is associated with the application server. The application server may generate and transmit to the communication terminal accessing information that may be used by the user to retrieve, via the communication terminal, the media content from the content server. Submitting content requests in this manner may enable routing content requests through an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), thereby making use of filtering features of the IMS for user authentication and access control, and obviating need for separate proprietary access control mechanisms for the content server.07-26-2012
20090311989ADVICE OF CHARGING METHOD, SYSTEM AND MOBILE TERMINAL - An advice of charging (AoC) method, system, and mobile terminal thereof are provided. The method includes receiving AoC information sent by a service charging server, and then displaying the AoC information. The mobile terminal includes a receiving module adapted to receive AoC information sent by a service charging server, and a display module adapted to display the received AoC information. The system includes a terminal, a service charging server, a service gateway, and a charging engine. The present invention is applicable to pre-consumption prompt, post-consumption notification, and prompts for data services such as browsing, streaming media, and mail.12-17-2009
20100056102OPEN TO ALL PREPAID ROAMING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - In one embodiment, a method for providing roaming service comprises receiving an identifier from a wireless device located within a coverage area of a local network, wherein the identifier is associated with the wireless device. The method further comprises determining if the wireless device is associated with a person that is both a prepaid subscriber of the local network and a subscriber of a home network with which the local network has a roaming arrangement. The method further comprises, if the wireless device is associated with a person that is both a prepaid subscriber of the local network and a subscriber of a home network with which the local network has a roaming arrangement, doing the following: (i) performing a first location update to the home network for the wireless device so that the wireless device can receive calls directed to a home phone number associated with the home network; (ii) performing a second location update to a local home location register (HLR) for the wireless device so that the wireless device can receive calls directed a local phone number associated with the local network; and (iii) while the wireless device remains in the coverage area of the local network, providing service to the wireless device in connection with the local phone number using a prepaid billing plan associated with the local phone number and providing service to the wireless device in connection with the home phone number in accordance with the roaming agreement the local network has with the home network.03-04-2010
20100056103Method for indicating subscription to a green service in a message - The present invention provides a method for utilizing a green messaging service. A base station receives a Short Message Service (SMS) message from a messaging unit. A controller determines whether the messaging unit has subscribed to a green service. If the messaging unit has subscribed to the green service, the controller changes the received SMS message to a green SMS message.03-04-2010
20110250865RESOURCE AND UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES - Methods and systems for resource and utilization management of telecommunications devices within an enterprise, where the enterprise contracts for telecommunications service from one or more service providers, comprising components configured to receive quantity data corresponding to the amount of telecommunications service used by the enterprise per period into a resource management system including a microprocessor executing programmed instructions, group telecommunications devices into pools of shared use for the telecommunications service, the pools of shared use including one or more telecommunication devices, analyze for each telecommunications device telecommunications services plans available from the service providers to determine the total quantity of telecommunications service provided by the service providers and the cost per unit of telecommunications service, select selected telecommunications service plans for each telecommunications device that accommodate a target quantity of projected telecommunications service use per period, and subscribe the telecommunications devices to the selected service plans.10-13-2011
20110098018SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO MANAGE AND CONTROL WIRELESS SERVICE USAGE - A method and system for monitoring wireless service utilization is described. The teachings comprise: providing a logical database comprising service usage records providing triggers for a wireless service consumed by a wireless device; providing a contact address associated with the wireless device; after an interval, determining if the utilization consumed to-date for a current billing period by the wireless device activates one of the triggers, wherein the interval is at least an order of magnitude less than a billing period; generating a message corresponding to the activated trigger, with the message including values determined during the determining step; and sending the message to the contact address.04-28-2011
20100130163AUTOMATED BILLING AND DISTRIBUTION PLATFORM FOR APPLICATION PROVIDERS - Integrating a network-enabled application with a platform having a plurality of users and a plurality of communication channels with a respective plurality of wireless network carriers, including receiving a request from a third-party provider to integrate a network-enabled application with the platform, receiving a set of registration data corresponding to the network-enabled application from the third-party provider, the set of registration data including a link to an application location for accessing the network-enabled application, receiving a set of pricing structure data corresponding to the network-enabled application from the third-party provider, updating a system database in the platform to include the set of registration data and the pricing structure data corresponding to the network-enabled application, and enabling the network-enabled application to be accessible to the plurality of users via a networked interface operated by the platform.05-27-2010
20100130162ROUTING SYSTEM THAT ENABLES CHARGING FOR APPLICATION-TO-APPLICATION ROUTING OF MESSAGES FORMATTED IN A MOBILE PHONE MESSAGING STANDARD - A message routing system that enables charging for messages that are formatted in a mobile phone messaging standard and routed between software applications. The mobile phone messaging standard may be, for example, the Short Message Service standard or the Multimedia Messaging Service standard. The routing system receives a message from a mobile device or from an application server. The routing system screens the message to determine whether the message should be delivered to a recipient. If the message passes the screening check, the routing system routes the message for delivery to a recipient mobile device or application server. The system may receive and route the message over any type of network, whether wired or wireless. In accordance with configurable business rules, the routing system generates a charging data record associated with the message to allow the message sender and/or message recipient to be billed for the message.05-27-2010
20120202455PER-SESSION DYNAMIC CHARGING CAPS IN COMMUNICATION NETWORKS - Communication networks and associated methods and systems are disclosed that provide per-session dynamic charging caps. For a session, the communication network includes a network element adapted to serve the session, a charging system, and a subscriber server adapted to store charging criteria defined for a party to the session. In operation, the charging system receives one or more charging request messages from the network element. Responsive to a charging request message, the charging system identifies the charging criteria defined for the party as stored in the subscriber server, and determines a dynamic charging cap for the session based on the charging criteria. A charging cap is a limited or maximum amount of time and/or money that is charged for an individual session. The charging system then limits the charging for the session based on the dynamic charging cap.08-09-2012
20120202452WIRELESS MOBILE ROUTER NETWORK WITH BILLING RECONCILLIATION - A mobile router network, comprises: a plurality of wireless mobile routers, each comprising a wide area network wireless interface to access a cellular network provided by a predetermined cellular carrier. Each mobile router is operable to upload data and to download data via the cellular network. Each mobile router is monitors the uploaded and downloaded data to generate statistical usage. The network further comprises a server coupleable to the plurality of wireless mobile routers via the cellular network. The server is operable to access billing data from the predetermined carrier for each of the mobile routers. Each of the mobile routers automatically operates to upload the statistical data to the server. The server operates to compare the statistical data for each mobile router to corresponding billing data for each mobile router to determine if there is a billing discrepancy.08-09-2012
20120034900SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA FOR DIAMETER ROUTING WITH NUMBER PORTABILITY CORRECTION - Methods, systems, and computer readable media for DIAMETER routing with portability correction are disclosed. According to one aspect, the subject matter described herein includes a method for providing number portability correction for DIAMETER signaling involving a subscriber of a communications network. The method includes receiving a DIAMETER signaling message directed to an Online Charging System (OCS) and accessing a number portability database using the called party identifier in the signaling message, to identify if the called party has a ported number. The method further includes, in response to determining the called party has a ported number, modifying the signaling message to include results from or derived from the access to the number portability database, and routing the modified message to the OCS.02-09-2012
20090280772APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENDING AN ADDITIONAL MESSAGE TO A SUBSCRIBER TERMINAL - An apparatus and method for sending of additional message, such as advertising content, with the account balance message or data to a subscriber terminal.11-12-2009
20120202457Charging Correlation For Dedicated Bearers - A Policy and Charging Rules Function, a PCRF (08-09-2012
20090054031System and Method for Authorizing and Monetizing Collect Cellular Telephone Calls - The collect cellular call identifies the cellular telephone carrier and called party cell phone. After determining whether the carrier and phone accept message service charges (SMS), a voice response module seeks positive authorization from the called party with the telephone. If positive, the system facilitates a connection between the calling party and the called party and initiates a predetermined billing charge assigned to the cellular telephone number. If the carrier or the cell phone is not enabled or if no authorization is obtained from the called party, the system facilitates a denial of completion signal. A timer monitors the length a the collect cellular call. Databases are accessed to locate the carrier and called cell phone number approved list of numbers and deny-service list of numbers.02-26-2009
20080311884BILLING IN A PACKET DATA NETWORK - A method for billing in a packet data network (WISP1) comprising at least one user's terminal (MN), comprising the steps of:12-18-2008
20120202453MOBILE ROUTER CONFIGURED FOR BILLING RECONCILLIATION - A mobile router comprises: a wide area network wireless interface operable to access a cellular network; first apparatus operable to upload data and to download data via the interface to the cellular network; second apparatus operable to monitor the uploaded data and the downloaded data and to generate data corresponding to predetermined quantifiable units corresponding to the uploaded data and the downloaded data; and the first apparatus and second apparatus cooperatively operate to automatically upload the usage data to a server for generation of usage discrepancy reports.08-09-2012
20100304710FAULT-RESILIENT METHOD OF GENERATING COMPLETE CORRELATED IMS CHARGING DATA RECORDS - An IMS charging collection function node for processing incoming accounting requests (ACRs) is provided. The node includes an ACR database that stores ACR messages, an Incomplete database that stores any ACR [Interim] or [Stop] received by the charging collection function node when a corresponding ACR [Start] is not stored in the ACR database, or also ACR[Start] when the remaining accounting requests, consisting of ACR [Interim] or [Stop] are not available with the charging collection function, a disk that stores ACRs; a first transformation engine that aggregates CDRs, a CDR aggregation database that stores aggregated CDRs, a second transformation engine that correlates CDRs, a CDR correlation database that stores correlated CDRs, and a third evaluation engine that cyclically evaluates the Incomplete database, wherein the IMS charging collection function node is communicatively and collaboratively coupled with other IMS charging collection function nodes across the IMS network to eliminate or reduce production of incomplete CDRs.12-02-2010
20080254765METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONETARY BILLING FOR THE USE OF CONTENT SERVICES IN INTERNET SITES, BY SENDING SMS MESSAGES FROM CELLULAR PHONES - A system and method for billing web services provided by a service provider to a user. A server of the service provider is connected to a computerized terminal of the user, and to a telecommunication device of the user via a communication link. The system and method generate codes related to each user, web service and price for using the web service. The server sends the code and receives the code from the telecommunication device. Upon reception the server provides the web service to the user, and bill the price from the account of the telecommunication device.10-16-2008
20110053556Computer Mouse For Secure Communication With A Mobile Communication Device - As disclosed herein, a computer mouse (03-03-2011
20110053555RULE BASED HIERARCHICAL ACCOUNT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for allocating system resources through a rule based account hierarchy is provided. An Account Manager attempts to apply a system charge to an account. In applying the charge to the account, the Account Manager examines balance selection rules associated with the account. If, after examining the balance selection rules the Account Manager determines that the balance selection rules are satisfied, then the Account Manager attempts to charge the account. If the balance is owned by a parent account, then the charge is routed to that parent account. If the balance is not owned by a parent account, then the balance is charged. If, after examining all the balance selection rules of an account the Account Manager cannot find a balance to charge, then the communication session is disallowed.03-03-2011
20110053554COMMUNICATING THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN A PUSH-TO-TALK OVER CELLULAR COMMUNICATION SESSIONS - A telecommunications system is described which allows a push-to-talk: over cellular (PoC) communication session to be established between PoC Clients comprised in respective mobile terminals (03-03-2011
20110028124Software Switch for Separating Work and Personal Information on Cell Phone Devices - This is a cell phone system that provides for use of a single phone for both business and personal calls. This system permits the user to extract personal calls from the system, thereby preserving the confidential nature of some of these personal calls without the business having to review them to determine allocation of costs to user and business.02-03-2011
20100285773Telephone apparatus having calling card support function and in-vehicle handsfree apparatus - A telephone apparatus is disclosed. The telephone apparatus acquires card information on multiple calling cards from a communication terminal and stores the acquired card information. The telephone apparatus performs, via the communication terminal, telephone communication with a communication counterpart by using a first one of the calling cards stored in the telephone apparatus. When the balance on the first one of the calling cards is changed into zero balance and when the telephone communication link is forcibly disconnected, the telephone apparatus causes the communication terminal to redial by using a second one of the calling cards in order to restart the telephone communication with the same communication counterpart.11-11-2010
20120202456METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMISING THE EFFICIENCY WITH WHICH TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK RESOURCES ARE USED - Method, system and credit manager for optimizing the efficiency with which telecommunication network resources are used by managing, in real time, changes in user profiles according to whether certain variable conditions are complied with by the use of the telecommunication network resources by a user. Following the profile migration generated and monitored by the credit manager, the latter calculates the new level of network resources (services/contents) to be offered to the new user profile. In this manner, said automatic updating of the user profile optimizes the provider's resources by assigning new network capabilities (new usage time limits, new qualities of service or by establishing content access or capability limiters).08-09-2012
20120202454SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTHORIZING AND MONETIZING COLLECT CELLULAR TELEPHONE CALLS - The collect cellular call identifies the cellular telephone carrier and called party cell phone. After determining whether the carrier and phone accept message service charges (SMS), a voice response module seeks positive authorization from the called party with the telephone. If positive, the system facilitates a connection between the calling party and the called party and initiates a predetermined billing charge assigned to the cellular telephone number. If the carrier or the cell phone is not enabled or if no authorization is obtained from the called party, the system facilitates a denial of completion signal. A timer monitors the length of the collect cellular call. Databases are accessed to locate the carrier and called cell phone number approved list of numbers and deny service list of numbers.08-09-2012
20110256843System and Method for Message-Based Access - A method and system for providing message-based access to services includes receiving a request message from a mobile subscriber relating to a service that is desired by the mobile subscriber, routing the request message for processing, performing one or more activities in accordance with the requested service, returning a response message to the mobile subscriber, and facilitating/enabling/etc. access to the requested service.10-20-2011
20100330955PRIVATE CELLULAR SYSTEM WITH AUTO-REGISTRATION FUNCTIONALITY - In one embodiment, a private cellular system provides private cellular service and public cellular service using licensed frequency spectrum associated with a public land mobile network (PLMN). The system is configured to have a predetermined phone number that a subscriber who is using the public cellular service via the private cellular system and who is not registered to use the private cellular service provided by the system can call in order to register to use the private cellular service provided by the system and, in response thereto, the system captures a subscriber identity number associated with the subscriber and assigns a private telephone number to the subscriber that is used in connection with providing private cellular service. Another embodiment is directed to a method of enabling a prepaid hybrid subscriber to make a call using a private cellular system while outside of a coverage area associated with the private cellular system. Another embodiment is directed to a private cellular network comprising a plurality of private cellular systems to provide private cellular service and public cellular service using licensed frequency spectrum associated with a public land mobile network (PLMN). In that embodiment, a gateway function in each of the plurality of private cellular systems is configured to make the private cellular network appear, to the PLMN, as though it is implemented using only a single private cellular system.12-30-2010
20120309347Prevention Of Bandwidth Abuse Of A Communications System - A user of a communications network is prevented from consuming an excessive amount of channel bandwidth by restricting use of the channel in accordance with the type of data being downloaded to the user. The user is provided an initial number of credits. As the user consumes the credits, the data being downloaded is checked to determine if is permissible or non-permissible. Non-permissible data includes file-sharing files and movie downloads if user subscription does not permit such activity. If the data is permissible, the user is provided another allotment of credits equal to the initial allotment. If the data is non-permissible, the user is provided an allotment of credits less than the initial allotment. Various restriction policies also can be applied, such as levying additional fees and/or terminating the user's access to the channel. Also, incentives can be provided to entice the user curb the misuse.12-06-2012
20120309346NODES FOR COMMUNICATING CREDIT RELATED INFORMATION - A PCRF node (12-06-2012
20120309345SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THIRD PARTY APPLICATION SALES AND SERVICES TO WIRELESS DEVICES - A system, method, and computer program for tracking billable events occurring on wireless devices on a wireless network and billing the appropriate parties. The billable events occur from the end-users of the wireless devices selectively communicating with other computer devices across the wireless network and downloading and executing software applications thereupon. The billable event data is ultimately gathered at a server on the wireless network from which billing for the wireless device billable events can be generated.12-06-2012
20120309344Using Multiple User Accounts on a Mobile Device - A method for automated selection of a user account is provided. The method includes analyzing a plurality of parameters associated with operation of plurality of user accounts on a mobile device and selecting a user account based on the analysis.12-06-2012
20090176479Differentiated Network Indication - A system and method in a cellular telecommunication network for indicating tariff-related information to an end user having the ability to access network areas with different charging tariffs. In one embodiment, a Charging Indication Data Base (CIDB) in the access network stores charging indications for different combinations of end users and cell identities, and a Rate Indication Data Base (RIDB) stores tariff information for the core network. When the end user accesses the cellular network through an identified cell, a radio network controller (RNC) retrieves a charging indication from the CIDB and sends it to a Mobile Switching Center (MSC). The MSC uses the charging indication to retrieve tariff-related information from the RIDB and sends it to the end user. The CIDB and RIDB may also be co-located in the core network.07-09-2009
20090176478Billing off-net users for telecom services - Disclosed herein is a method of billing a user for Voice short messaging services. A user subscribing to a first network may send a first Voice short messaging service (Voice SMS) message to a recipient user subscribing to a second network. The recipient user may reply to or forward the first Voice SMS message. The Voice SMS message reply may be routed to an intelligent network element of the first network. The intelligent network element prompts the recipient for a payment for delivering the Voice SMS message reply to the sender. The off-net recipient user may make the payment through a premium chargeable SMS message. A confirmation of this payment is communicated to the intelligent network element by the second network.07-09-2009
20090197568Method for Managing Wireless Telecommunication Bills - A method manages wireless telecommunication bills for end user subscribers. The method includes complete bill management for the wireless subscribers including, for example, establishing a baseline report, receiving and analyzing a subscriber bill, and requesting and posting credits from wireless telecommunication providers. The method includes the creation of the baseline report in order to manage common billing components across all wireless carriers and carrier plans.08-06-2009
20110136468Devices, Systems and Methods for Location Based Billing - Devices, systems and methods are disclosed which relate to billing users of a telecommunication network. A billing server is in communication with a geo-fence database. The geo-fence database contains a plurality of geo-fences. Some geo-fences are associated with a single mobile communication devices, such as a home geo-fence, work geo-fence, etc., while other geo-fences are global, such as a stadium geo-fence, toll geo-fence, etc. When a mobile communication device enters the perimeter of a geo-fence, a billing server changes the billing rate at which connections are billed to the user account or bills another user account. The mobile communication device may send a ticket code to the billing server for a reduced billing rate while within a geo-fence. If a mobile communication device enters a toll geo-fence, then the billing server charges the user account for the toll.06-09-2011
20110217949PREPAID BILLING SOLUTIONS FOR PUSH-TO-TALK IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - Advanced group services for use in a mobile phone network include a prepaid billing solution. In the mobile phone network, a real-time exchange interfaces to at least one mobile switching center to provide the advanced group services therein. Both the real-time exchange and the mobile phones that use the advanced group services communicate with each other using call setup and in-band signaling within the mobile phone network, wherein the real-time exchange switches the voice frames for the advanced group services between the mobile phones across bearer paths and through at least one mobile switching center in the mobile phone network. A real-time billing mechanism is provided for a prepaid subscriber of the advanced group services. The real-time billing mechanism may use a prefix-based billing solution or a charging number based billing solution.09-08-2011
20100144311A SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING A SHARED NETWORK HAVING ONE MOBILE NETWORK CODE - A system and method of selecting a network operator by a roaming subscriber in a shared network. The method begins by a roaming subscriber, UE, entering the shared network. A query is provided to the UE of a selection of at least two network operators operating within the shared network. The subscriber then selects a desired network operator for use in the shared network. The selection is sent and stored in a VLR in the shared network. A call is initiated by the UE in the shared network and routed in accordance with the selected network operator. Preferably, the UE sends a USSD string providing the desired network operator to the VLR. The USSD string triggers a USSD application for using the selected network operator.06-10-2010
20120302207Service Escrowed Transportable Wireless Event Reporting System - A portable service escrowed event reporting system that may be sold through mass-market sales channels. Communications between a consumer and the provider of the event reporting system are not required in advance of the system being purchased by the consumer. After purchase of the system by the consumer, the system may be initialized. The service may have a finite amount of service associated with it when it is purchased. The consumer may choose to have the system report the occurrence of reportable events directly to them over a wireless network.11-29-2012
20120302206SURFACE SOFTWARE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A system and method control display of information to prevent information overload and distraction of a user. Information for display is monitored, analyzed, prioritized, and then presented to the user in a controlled manner. The system and method further process the data to track and bill time based upon activity of the user.11-29-2012
20120302205Method and system for the online charging of a subscriber, program and computer program product - A method for charging a subscriber using a telecommunications service in a telecommunications network according to a contract with respect to the telecommunications service includes: transmitting, by a billing entity, charging information to a data traffic management entity; monitoring, by the data traffic management entity, the flow of data which is used by the subscriber with respect to the telecommunications service and determining a current data usage volume of the subscriber; comparing, by the data traffic management entity, the current data usage volume of the subscriber with a current upper data usage threshold; and modifying the standard service usage pattern of the telecommunications service if the current data usage volume and the current upper data usage threshold satisfy a predetermined condition.11-29-2012
20090081989SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FINANCIAL TRANSACTION INTEROPERABILITY ACROSS MULTIPLE MOBILE NETWORKS - A processor-readable medium stores code representing instructions to cause a processor to perform a process is described. The code includes code to receive from a first mobile device associated with a first network a minute transfer request. The minute transfer request is operative to transfer data associated with an allowable use time of the first mobile device from an account associated with the first mobile device associated with the first network to an account associated with a second mobile device associated with a second network different than the first network. The code includes code to send from the first network to the account associated with the second mobile device the data associated with the allowable use time based on the minute transfer request. The data associated with the allowable use time represents at least a portion of the allowable use time of the first mobile device.03-26-2009
20080318545CONDITIONAL CALL TREATMENT FOR PREPAID CALLS - A method and system for processing a prepaid call in a mobile telecommunications network is provided. A default call processing parameter for processing a call can control the processing of the call when communications between the Mobile Switching Center and the Service Control Point fails. The value of the default call processing parameter can be set to permit the call to continue or to be terminated in accordance with a characteristic associated with the call, such as a characteristic of the dialed telephone number or a nature of address in the case of an outgoing call or a location of the terminating mobile subscriber in the case of an incoming call.12-25-2008
20090203352MOBILE PHONE/DEVICE USAGE TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD - Disclosed are systems and methods that enable organizations, for example corporations and legal firms, to manage mobile communication devices and device usage, and to automatically and remotely apply or link that usage to particular departments and/or clients.08-13-2009
20110306317Method and System for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) Rating and Billing - The advances disclosed herewith delimit an improved method and system for smoothly rating and billing Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). Implemented as part of a computer program product, the solution seeking the protection of Letters Patent, represents a comprehensive real-time solution for rating incoming and outgoing MMS messages which, with a view towards simplicity and efficacy of purpose, enables wireless/mobile subscribers to maintain a single account for both voice and messaging (MMS) services.12-15-2011
20100041367REVERSE RATING SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING DURATION OF A USAGE TRANSACTION - A reverse rating system determines the duration for which a phone call or other transaction may continue, given an account balance on a pre-paid customer account. The duration may take into consideration multiple time bands, applicable discounts, rating plans and other characteristics of the customer account and telecommunications service. The telecommunications service provider may employ the duration information to determine when to disconnect an ongoing transaction. As a result, the telecommunications service provider avoids substantial revenue loses from continuing to allow a pre-paid customer to continue their transaction longer than their account balance will support.02-18-2010
20120040638System and Method for Message-Based Interactive Services - A method and system for providing message-based interactive services includes receiving a short code message from a mobile subscriber relating to a service desired by the mobile subscriber from an interactive service device, routing the short code message for processing, and instructing the interactive service device to operate in accordance with the short code message.02-16-2012
20090291666Charging Of GPRS Traffic For Roaming Mobiles By Performing Traffic Counting At The User Terminal - The application relates to charging of traffic from terminals and in particular of charging of traffic from GPRS mobile terminals which are roaming in a visited PLMN (not claimed). According to the applicant's acknowledged prior art, either the traffic passes the home PLMN or the Home Operator relies on the Visited Operator to generate the CDRs to be used by the Home Operator for billing. Whereas the first solution leads to tromboning and inefficient traffic routing, the second solution calls for a strong trust relationship between the Home and the Visited Operators. The present invention circumvents both problems in that the terminal generates a traffic counting information and sends it to the Visited Network. The Visited Network generates a traffic counting record comprising the traffic counting information from the terminal and traffic counting information from the Visited Network. The traffic counting record is subsequently sent to the Home Network.11-26-2009
20090017789Point of presence on a mobile network - A wireless device with a capacity for high bandwidth connectivity adapted to provide access to the Internet or other WAN for a single user or multiple concurrent users. The wireless access device acts as a network point of presence to provide access to a number of different devices. Authorization is performed and billing measures are established in real time. Billing credits may be provided to an account associated with the user of the wireless access device based upon selected metrics (for example, duration of the connection or amount of data passed). In certain implementations, devices that are previously unknown to the wireless access device and that have not received a wireless access device-specific configuration can be provided network access. Thus, instead of a hard-wired point of presence to the Internet, a mobile, ad hoc point of presence is established through the wireless access device.01-15-2009
20120046010NETWORK-BASED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GLOBAL ROAMING - A system and method of mobile communication roaming where a subscriber's home network and a roaming network used by the subscriber do not have a roaming agreement. The roaming network sends a “Send Authentication/Parameters” request to the home network via an intelligent roaming system on or attached to the backbone. The home network sends an authentication response to the “Send Authentication/Parameters” request from the home network to the roaming network via the backbone and intelligent roaming system. The roaming network sends a “Update Location” request from the roaming network to the intelligent roaming system. The visitor locator register (VLR) address in the “Update Location” request is replaced with the VLR address of the intelligent roaming system to create a modified update request. The modified update request is sent from the intelligent roaming system to the home network. The home network sends an update response to the modified update request to the roaming network via the backbone and intelligent roaming system.02-23-2012
20120208495SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING ACCOUNT USAGE ON A PLATFORM - A system and method for monitoring account usage on a platform that includes creating an account on a platform; assigning a usage model of the account; running an application of the account on the platform; monitoring usage of the application of the account; identifying a usage event of the usage model in the monitored usage; and generating an event response based on the usage event.08-16-2012
20120009895METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RELIABLE TRANSMISSION OF CHARGING DETAIL RECORDS - A charging detail record transmission capability is provided herein. A mobile gateway (MG) generates charging detail records (CDRs) intended for delivery to a charging gateway function (CGF). The CDRs are propagated toward both a first and second charging data function (CDFs). The first and second CDFs buffer the CDRs. The first CDF is configured for propagating CDRs toward the CGF. The second CDF is configured for propagating CDRs toward the CGF when the first CDF fails. The CGF is configured for acknowledging receipt of CDRs to the first or second CDF from which the CDRs are received. The first CDF is configured for acknowledging, to the second CDF, receipt of acknowledgment messages from the first CDF. The second CDF is configured for, upon failure of the first CDF, initiating a process for determining which of the CDRs buffered at the second CDF need to be propagated to the CGF in order to ensure that none of the CDRs generated by the MG are lost due to the failure of the first CDF.01-12-2012
20120015627REVERSE CHARGE CALLING IN A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - According to one embodiment of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus for use in a communication network for performing reverse charge calling. The apparatus comprises a reverse charging element operable for: receiving a request from a first subscriber to establish a reverse charge call with a second subscriber, the request including an identifier of the first and second subscribers on the network; establishing a call with the second subscriber; sending a call establishment request to a service control element to establish a call with the first subscriber, the request including a predetermined identifier identifiable by the service control element; the service control element being further operable for: detecting the presence of the predetermined identifier in a call establishment request message: informing the second subscriber that a reverse charge call has been requested along with the determined cost of the call; and completing the call with the first subscriber upon obtaining authorization to accept the reverse charge call from the second subscriber.01-19-2012
20120115433METHOD OF PROVIDING RATE TIERS IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS - The present invention provides a method of providing rate tiers in a wireless communication system. Embodiments of the method include forming, at a network element in the wireless communication system, a statistical representation of resource usage for a user in the wireless communication system as a function of location and/or time using measurements of the user's resource usage at a plurality of locations. Embodiments of the method also include defining, at the network element, a plurality of rate tiers based on the statistical representation. Each rate tier indicates a rate for a different level of resource usage offered to the user.05-10-2012
20110014893PAYBACK CALLING PLAN - A method for paying back customers for unused service units remaining after a billing cycle. A payback amount is determined by the product of the number of unused service units remaining and the payback rate amount. The payback amount credited to the customer is the calculated payback rate or a maximum payback amount, wherever is smaller. A total payback amount can be determined based on a combination of payback amounts for various services, including voice services, texting services, email services, and/or data storage services.01-20-2011
20120021719System and Method for Real Time Self-Provisioning for a Mobile Communication Device - A system and method of provisioning services for a mobile communication device are disclosed. A provisioning request including provisioning information and specifying a provisioning operation and a first communication service is prepared on the mobile communication device and sent to a provisioning system. Processing of the provisioning request is dependent upon whether or not a second communication service has been activated for the mobile communication device. If the mobile communication device is outside a coverage area of a wireless communication network when a provisioning request is prepared, the request is stored at the mobile communication device and sent to the provisioning system when the mobile communication device enters the coverage area. The provisioning system preferably manages service provisioning for multiple services, any of which may be hosted by different service providers.01-26-2012
20120058742METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DYNAMICALLY ASSIGNING A MOBILE SERVICE REQUEST TO ANY ONE OF A PLURALITY OF AVAILABLE SERVICE PROVIDERS - A method, non-transistory computer readable medium and system for dynamically assigning a request for wireless communication service are disclosed. For example, the method receives the request for wireless communication service from a mobile device, and forwards the request to a plurality of wireless network service providers to solicit at least one bid for servicing the request. The method receives the at least one bid from the plurality of wireless network service providers to service the request, and determines by a coordinating device a winning bid from the at least one bid. The method then assigns a wireless network service provider from the plurality of wireless network service providers to service the request, wherein the assigned wireless network service provider is associated with the winning bid.03-08-2012
20120028602COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHOD, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS RATING - The present application relates to a computer-implemented method, system, and computer program product for telecommunications rating. The computer-implemented method for telecommunications rating may comprise: receiving an event from a source system for a service, wherein the event is generated by a user; transforming the event into a normalized event by determining event characteristics comprising determining a guiding point identifier to identify a guiding point associated with the user; by using the guiding point identifier, retrieving from the guiding point a list of products operable to guide the normalized event; rating the normalized event by calculating and aggregating costs according to the list of products; and posting the costs by updating at least one balance associated with the user, the guiding point, and/or the service.02-02-2012
20120028601ACCOUNT AND ASSET LOADER TOOL - A system that enables reconciliation of accounts between a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and a mobile host operator (MHO) includes an asset loader server that receives data that defines a user event. The asset loader server generates a wholesale bill associated with the user event. The rate charged in the generated wholesale bill is based on a negotiated rate between the MVNO and the MHO that is different that the may be different than the rate at which the MVNO charges the user. The asset loader communicates the generated wholesale bill to a billing interface of the MNVO that is configured to receive an extensible markup language (XML) file that defines a wholesale bill associated with the MHO. The format of the generated wholesale bill is substantially the same as the format of the XML file associated with the MHO.02-02-2012
20120064857TEMPORARY DATA SERVICE IN WIRELESS NETWORKS - A wireless network and method are disclosed that provide temporary data service to a party. For the invention, a temporary data service system receives a request from a first party to establish temporary data service for a second party. The temporary data service system then configures the wireless network to establish temporary data service for the second party, such as by setting up a temporary subscriber profile or temporary account for the second party in the wireless network. A notification system then generates a notification message indicating that the temporary data service has been established for the second party, and transmits the notification message to the second party. The second party may use the temporary data service to access some type of data message or data file, such as a picture message sent by the first party.03-15-2012
20120064856PREPAID DATA HUB - A Prepaid Data Hub for maintaining pre-payment information for roaming subscribers. The Hub interacts with two or more wireless telecommunication systems that implement two different wireless protocols and which may be operated by different wireless service providers. The Hub retrieves pre-payment information using two or more different protocols, with a first protocol being native to the home network, but a second protocol being an external prepaid portal protocol. The Hub also monitors subscriber data traffic to limit the amount of access consumed in a subscriber session, notify subscribers of a low balance, and the like. The Hub eliminates the need for network gateway devices to themselves provide control over and/or maintain pre-payment information.03-15-2012
20120208496Automated Device Provisioning and Activation - Various embodiments are disclosed for a services policy communication system and method. In some embodiments, a communications device stores a set of device credentials for activating the communications device for a service on a network; and sends an access request to the network, the access request including the set of device credentials.08-16-2012
20120064858NOTIFICATION OF CHARGING RATE ADJUSTMENTS IN REGIONS OF A MOBILE NETWORK TO CONTROL BANDWIDTH USAGE IN THE REGIONS - Systems and methods are disclosed that notify end users of mobile devices of charging rate adjustments within a mobile network. A rate notification system receives bandwidth usage data for the mobile network, and identifies a region within the mobile network having a bandwidth usage that exceeds a threshold. The bandwidth usage is processed per media type (i.e., voice calls, text messages, etc) based on the bandwidth usage data. The rate notification system then identifies a mobile device located within the region, and identifies one or more contacts of the end user of the mobile device. The rate notification system then identifies an adjusted charging rate per contact per media type for this end user, and provides the adjusted charging rates to the end user of the mobile device.03-15-2012
20120108201SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING A TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE - A method for performing a telecommunication service, including identifying, on a Service Delivery Platform (SDP) and by a processor, the telecommunication service, selecting, on the SDP and by the processor, the telecommunication service, and executing, on the SDP and by the processor, the telecommunication service on a cellular network, where the SDP is configured to implement the telecommunication service on the cellular network.05-03-2012
20120157040INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND BILLING METHOD FOR WIRELESS TERMINAL DEVICE - An information processing device includes: a detecting unit configure to detect, with regard to a plurality of wireless terminal devices sharing a usage right of subscription authentication information relating to a mobile network operator which provides wireless connection services, transfer of the usage right among the wireless terminal devices; and a calculating unit configured to, in the event that transfer of the usage right is detected, calculate fees relating to the subscription authentication information occurring after the transfer, based on billing information set for the wireless terminal device to which the usage right has been transferred.06-21-2012
20110092184SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC GENERATION, REGISTRATION AND MOBILE PHONE BILLING OF A POD USING THIRD PARTY WEB PAGE CONTENT - The systems and methods described herein generally relate to a method and system for automatically generating an application pod for a third party through which the third party's content is offered for access, purchase and use by mobile phone users within a community network. More specifically, the systems and methods described herein are directed to an application pod that can be automatically generated based on content and information retrieved from one or more web pages of the third party.04-21-2011
20110092183Telecommunications system, a method of charging some or all of the cost of a call to a callee, a method of debiting a prepay account of a telecommunications subscriber and telecommunications apparatus - A telecommunications system in which subscribers are provided with accounts against which services are billed, the system being of the type in which calls are normally billed to calling parties, wherein the system has a mode in which, before a usable voice channel is established between a caller and a callee, the callee is presented with a charging option whereby the callee may unilaterally opt to pay some or all of the cost of a particular incoming call from their subscriber account, a charging instruction being sent to a billing system associated with the subscriber account of the callee if the callee accepts the charging option and otherwise to a billing system associated with the caller.04-21-2011
20080311885Traffic Shaping of Cellular Service Consumption Through Delaying of Service Completion According to Geographical-Based Pricing Advantages - Changes in user behavior of usage of wireless services from a mobile device are encouraged in order to effect shaping of traffic and utilization patterns among a plurality of cells within a rate plan region, wherein a discount indicator disposed in said mobile device is provided to notify a user of a discount available for consuming wireless service from a given cell. A geo-cost policy established for that user or mobile device in which rules and conditions according to the available discounts and class of service are defined. A service completer queues services and automatically completes queued services upon present conditions meeting said geo-cost policy rules, such as delaying and later delivering messages when the mobile device relocates to a cell where discounts are being offered.12-18-2008
20120157041ONLINE CHARGING FOR ROAMING USERS IN A PROXY ONLINE CHARGING SYSTEM OF A VISITED NETWORK - Communication networks and methods are disclosed for performing online charging credit control in a visited network when a user is roaming. The visited network which is providing service to a roaming user includes a proxy online charging system (OCS) that communicates with a home OCS in a home network of the user. The proxy OCS transmits an online charging request message to a home OCS in a home network for the roaming user requesting charging information for the roaming user. The proxy OCS receives an online charging response message from the home OCS that includes the charging information for the roaming user. The proxy OCS then processes the charging information to perform credit control for one or more network elements in the visited network that is serving the session.06-21-2012
20110105077BACK-CHANNELED PACKETED DATA - A processor node stores and processes the last known location for certain mobile terminals to provide intermediate back-channel data in a form that is a function of whether the intermediate back-channel data is to be used in a situation that would encroach on information that might be sensitive to the subscriber or user of the mobile terminal, as viewed contractually, ethically or otherwise. If, for example, the subscriber or user of the mobile terminal has no such concerns (rights have been waived voluntarily by agreement with the wireless network operator or a third party, or involuntarily such as by a government mandate), the processor node generates location-identity-based back-channel data in a form that does not attempt to hide or code the user's identity and/or specific location. This form of (nonanonymized) data can be freely used internally by processor nodes internal to the wireless carrier as well as produced for review and analysis, such as demographic analytics, for use by a third party. Further, it is possible that this information can include other information from the user profile and/or the contract information used to permit the mobile terminal access to the network.05-05-2011
20120220261SERVICE CLASSIFICATION OF WEB TRAFFIC - A method for communication includes recording, at a gateway to a network, a generic definition of a service provided to clients of the gateway. The generic definition specifies a first Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) on the network that is associated with the service. At least a first communication between a client and the network is processed at the gateway in order to identify at least a second URI that is referenced from the first URI in a context of the service. Responsively to at least the first communication, an extended definition of the service for the client is automatically created by adding at least the second URI to the generic definition. Use of the service is monitored by applying the extended definition to second communications conveyed by the gateway between the client and the network.08-30-2012
20120129489UNLIMITED MEDIA ACCESS OVER WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE - Methods, systems, and apparatus are presented for providing unlimited access to media content, such as music. A media server environment can be provided, which maintains an instance of each subscriber account and a central archive of media content. Further, selected media content can be downloaded to, and stored locally at, a subscriber device, such as on a secure storage device. Access to the local media content can be controlled through the media server environment based on the status of the subscriber's account. If the subscriber's account becomes inactive, access to the downloaded media content can be disabled. Once the subscriber's account is reactivated, access to the downloaded media content can be restored. Additionally, access to the media server environment, including the central archive of media content, also can be controlled based on individual subscriber account status.05-24-2012
20120220262Method and Apparatus for Processing Voice Call - A method and an apparatus for processing a voice call has the method steps of: loading CAP operation libraries and algorithms of camel08-30-2012
20120164974Method and Apparatus for Pre-Caching in a Telecommunication System - The present invention relates to file pre-caching and file retrieving in an autonomous network access module comprising a local storage, and providing network connectivity to a mobile device in a telecommunication system. The network access module comprises a local storage and provides network connectivity to a mobile device (06-28-2012
20120164973Personal Communication Device RF Zone Billing Arrangement - The present invention comprises a docking system for connecting a portable communication device to a further signal transmission line. The docking system may be arranged within a workstation such as a desk or a tray. The system may also envelope a room in a building or be located in a vehicle, to control and restrict the radiative emission from the communication device and to direct such radiation to a further remote antenna and or signal distribution system connected to the transmission line.06-28-2012
20120129490METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING CHARGING STATUS INFORMATION TO SUBSCRIBER OF COMMUNICATION SERVICE - A method for providing charging status information to a subscriber of a communication service includes: receiving an accounting request (ACR) from a network element (NE) at a charging collection function (CCF) subsystem, the ACR associated with communication service provided to a subscriber in conjunction with a communication session, the subscriber subject to a rate plan that applies different billing rates for different usage levels, the ACR including a volume parameter indicating usage since a previous ACR; converting the ACR to a credit control request (CCR), the CCR including a usage parameter indicating usage since a previous CCR; sending the CCR to a quota monitoring function (QMF) subsystem; adding the volume parameter to a previously consumed amount in relation to a billing cycle to form a total consumed amount; and comparing the total consumed amount to a threshold value associated with a quota value for a first usage level.05-24-2012
20120129488METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA FOR INTER-CARRIER ROAMING COST CONTAINMENT - Methods, systems, and computer readable media for enabling location-based policy in a mobile communication network are disclosed. According to one method, a first Diameter signaling message is received at a Diameter agent. Subscriber identification information and roaming information are extracted from the first Diameter message and the extracted information is communicated to a policy control function.05-24-2012
20120214441Automated Device Provisioning and Activation - Various embodiments are disclosed for a services policy communication system and method. In some embodiments, a communications device stores a set of device credentials for activating the communications device for a service on a network; and sends an access request to the network, the access request including the set of device credentials.08-23-2012
20120135706SYSTEM FOR REAL-TIME PHOTOGRAPH PRINTING SERVICE AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - A system for real-time photograph printing service includes a personal terminal, a telecom terminal, and a printing service terminal. The personal terminal is triggered to transmit a digital photograph file and a phone number according to the personal terminal. The telecom terminal fetches a communication address of a user of the personal terminal according to the received telephone number, and the printing service terminal receives the digital photograph file to print out a physical photograph. Finally, the printed photograph is send to the communication address for user by post.05-31-2012
20120171990Systems and Methods to Restrict Payment Transactions - Systems and methods are provided to selectively restrict payment transactions. In one aspect, a system includes: a data storage facility to store restriction data in association with a phone number; and an interchange coupled with the data storage facility. The interchange includes a common format processor and a plurality of converters to interface with mobile controllers. The converters are configured to communicate with the controllers in different formats and to communicate with the common format processor in a common format. In response to a payment request identifying the phone number and a merchant, the common format processor determines whether to reject the payment request based at least in part on the restriction data and the identity of the merchant. If the request is not rejected, the common format processor uses one of the converters to communicate with a telephonic apparatus at the phone number to confirm the payment request.07-05-2012
20100048165SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RATING AN IP-BASED WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BASED ON ACCESS POINT - A subscriber communicates over an IP-based wireless telecommunications network through an access point. Identifiers associated with the access point (e.g., MAC address IP address, FQDN . . . ) are stored in a database. Each access point is mapped into one or more service zones, where service zones are mapped to service types. The subscriber has a rate plan that is based on a selection of one or more service types. When a wireless connection between the subscriber and the IP-based wireless telecommunications network is established, the access point identifiers are used to retrieve a service zone ID from the database. Upon completion of the communication, a call detail record can be generated that includes the service zone ID for the communication. The billing system can then retrieve billing plan information to determine an appropriate rate for the subscriber based on the service zone ID.02-25-2010
20120178414SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A NETWORK SERVICE IN A DISTRIBUTED FASHION TO A MOBILE DEVICE - Systems and methods for operating a mobile virtual network are disclosed. A mobile virtual network operator is disclosed as an entity that provides a mobile networking service to a user, the mobile networking service being provided using a physical mobile network provided by a third party. The mobile virtual network operator may provide content distribution services, data access services, or messaging services to a user of a mobile device.07-12-2012
20120178413Technique for Monitoring a Call - A technique for monitoring a call associated with a connection established via a Media Gateway node (MGW) is described. The Media Gateway node (MGW) is controlled by a Media Gateway Controller node (MGC). The Media Gateway node (MGW) and the Media Gateway Controller node (MGC) belong to a layered network (LN). A method implementation of this technique comprises the steps of detecting a loss of communication between the Media Gateway Controller node (MGC) and the Media Gateway node (MGW) and logging the loss of communication together with a time stamp of the detected communication loss to be used for determining a charging time of the call.07-12-2012
20120178412METHOD OF SELECTING CARDS FOR MULTI-MODE MOBILE PHONE - A method of selecting cards for multi-mode mobile phone. The multi-mode mobile phone includes at least one phone card that supports a communication network mode and corresponds to a phone card ID. Charging information is obtained from interfaces provided by operators, the charging information including charge for each communication service of the communication network mode supported by the phone card. A charging information table is generated according to the charging information, the charging information table including an association between the phone card ID and the charge for each communication service. When a communication service is started, the charging information table is queried and the most economical communication service charge from the charging information table is selected for the started communication service A corresponding phone card ID is also selected. The multi-mode mobile phone is switched to the phone card corresponding to the selected phone card ID to communicate.07-12-2012
20100273448MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, HOME BASE STATION, AND MOBILE STATION - In a mobile communication system according to the present invention, the mobile communication system is configured to manage a specific mobile station which is allowed to communicate through a CSG cell under the control of a home base station (Home-eNB); and a general mobile station (UE) other than the specific mobile station is configured to be capable of using the CSG cell as a camped cell, only when broadcast information indicating an allowance of a camping in the specific cell is received.10-28-2010
20100009655PROMPT METHOD AND APPARATUS OF SHORT MESSAGE SPLITTING - The present invention discloses a prompt method of short message splitting including: pre-obtaining, by a terminal, splitting rule data for a short message transmitted by a subscriber of the terminal in various operators' networks; and calculating, by the terminal, the number of short message segments obtained by splitting the short message edited by the subscriber based on the splitting rule data and informing the subscriber of it. The present invention can prompt the subscriber timely and accurately with the exact number of short message segments obtained by splitting the short message transmitted by the subscriber in the operator's network.01-14-2010
20100009654PREPAID SECURITY CELLULAR TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM - A cellular telecommunications system having a security feature which allows only pre-authorized users to complete cellular telephone calls. The system and method recognizes a cellular radiotelephone's pre-programmed and pre-selected telephone number and an automated number identification code (ANI). The pre-selected telephone number is reserved to the pre-paid cellular telecommunications system. The cellular radiotelephone transmits the ANI and a dialed number identification system code (DNIS) to a cellular switch, which contacts a host computer for call validation by the pre-paid service provider. This system also allows pre-authorized users to receive and pay for incoming calls as well as purchase additional airtime and monthly access fees with convenient pre-paid cards.01-14-2010
20090061816Network controlled classification of service tariff class - The present invention provides a solution to prevent customers from misusing of telecommunication services and to enable measures to charge customers for actual used services in case of misuse. The present invention also provides a solution to offer personalized content services. Hereto a user identity, a user equipment Identity and/or an actual used service type are analyzed and the service tariff class is changed based on the analysis.03-05-2009
20090061817Carried-Forward Service Units and Commoditization Thereof - Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for rolling over unused credits. An available number of service units is provided during a billing cycle. The number of service units consumed during the billing cycle is compared to the available number of service units. When service units remain at an end of the billing cycle, then unused service units are rolled over to another billing cycle.03-05-2009
20120315870MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, NETWORK DEVICE AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION METHOD - A mobile communication system 12-13-2012
20120083243Communication Network Signaling - Short message service (SMS) message processing is described. An SMS message is addressed in a short message entity (SME) device. The SMS message is addressed without providing any message content for the SMS message. The SMS message is sent to an SMS center, and rated based on no message content.04-05-2012
20120083242METHOD FOR PROVISIONING OF A NETWORK ACCESS FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - The invention refers to a method for provisioning of a network access for a mobile communication device (04-05-2012
20120225637Method, Mobile Terminal, Service Platform and System for Implementing Debit Card Service - A method and system for implementing debit card service based on callback. The method is applied to a mobile terminal set with an automatic dialing function unit, automatic dialing function of the automatic dialing function unit is activated, and a number corresponding to the mobile terminal is bound with one debit card. The method includes the following steps: a preset callback access number is dialed before the called number by the automatic dialing function unit in the mobile terminal to connect the call to a debit card service platform when the mobile terminal calls the called number; the debit card service platform releases the call and calls back the mobile terminal; the called number is continued by the debit card service platform after the mobile terminal answers the callback; the debit card service based on callback is implemented.09-06-2012
20120190328GPS Driven Architecture for Delivery of Location Based Multimedia and Method of Use - An architecture, system and method of use sends location based multimedia to participants of a geo-tour or other application using geo-boundaries and/or other location information. The method includes detecting when a user has crossed within a geo-boundary. The method further includes determining a content type to be sent to a mobile device based on preferences provided by the user. Additionally, the method includes sending user location specific content of the determined content type to the mobile device when the user has crossed within the geo-boundary.07-26-2012
20120190326COMMUNICATION FEE PREDICTION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND CHARGING METHOD - A communication fee prediction device including: a communication unit; a network load information management unit that collects and retains network load information of each base station through the communication unit; a user behavior history management unit that collects and retains positional information of a data communication terminal; and a fee prediction unit that estimates a later movement path of a data communication terminal, estimates a network load state when a data communication terminal passes through a base station on the estimated movement path, and predicts a communication fee according to a network load state of a base station that a data communication terminal is currently position registering and a communication fee according to a network load state of a base station on the estimated movement path, wherein a data communication terminal is notified of the current communication fee and the predicted value of a communication fee through the communication unit.07-26-2012
20120190327System and Methods for Locating Mobile Devices Using Location and Presence Information - A location based service and method configured to provide recovery assistance for a misplaced or stolen mobile device. The location based system and method is configured to locate (recover) high value mobile devices using location, presence and other IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) based telecommunications network assets. The method includes leveraging location dips performed for other services to drive a recovery process for a mobile device to thereby reduce resource overhead on a location platform; locating the mobile device using the location dips performed for other services; and sending a notification to a subscriber of the location of the mobile device for recovery of the mobile device.07-26-2012
20090017788METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SEPARABLE VOICE BILLING FOR BUSINESS AND PERSONAL AIRTIME USE - Separable billing of business and non-business calls to/from a remote station or wireless communications device is provided. Business calls may be billed to the business, or other entity that provides a telephone to a user, and non-business calls may be billed to a user personally. When a call is desired to be connected, it is determined if the number of the call is a business number. If the number is a business number, the call is placed and billed to the business. If the number is not a business number, the call is placed and billed to the user when the user approves personal billing for the call. If the user does not approve personal billing of a non-business call, the call may be denied.01-15-2009
20090017787CHARGING METHOD IN POC SERVICE - The invention discloses a charging method in PoC service so as to solve the problem that a Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) user's speech priority setting is not limitation and thereby causes the priority policy loses its speech scheduling capability in the prior art. The method disclosed in the present invention includes the following processes: after a speech of a user is completed, the PoC server logs charging information and a speech priority of the user, and uploads the charging information and the speech priority to a charging system; the charging system charges the user in accordance with the charging information and a charging rate corresponding to the speech priority.01-15-2009
20100190470Roaming services network and overlay networks - Various embodiments are disclosed for a services policy communication system and method. In some embodiments, a communications device detects one or more available roaming networks for a service on a network; connects to a roaming services network center via an access network; and sends available roaming network information to the roaming services network center.07-29-2010
20100190469CERTIFIED DEVICE-BASED ACCOUNTING - Providing for secure tracking and reporting of wireless resources utilized by a mobile device is described herein. By way of example, resources utilized in conjunction with network-facilitated or peer-to-peer wireless data exchange can be tracked in secure, tamper-resistant components of the mobile device. Further, a report can be compiled from the tracked information and digitally signed with a secret data/material specific to the mobile device. The signed report can be submitted to a network server in conjunction with accounting, billing or like functions. By validating the signature of a mobile device, the network server can trust that information collected and submitted by user devices has not been tampered with or spoofed with an ID of another such device.07-29-2010
20110124313Systems and Methods for Subscriber Profile Management - Systems and methods subscriber profile management to facilitate seamless roaming of mobile devices from one network to another. A subscriber profile management system is provided that includes a time to live (“TTL”) generator that generates a TTL limit for a subscriber based on usage characteristics of the subscriber. The subscriber profile management system further includes an administration module that administers TTL limits, TTL limit database that store TTL limits, a subscriber profile database that stores subscriber profiles, a usage measurement database that stores usage measurements, and a TTL limit reference module that administers TTLs when a subscriber profile and TTL limit are transmitted. The invention further includes a series of methods that support seamless roaming capabilities of a subscriber throughout visited networks without the need to continually make proxy calls to re-authenticate a subscriber.05-26-2011
20130171962Payback Calling Plan - A method for paying back customers for unused service units remaining after a billing cycle. A payback amount is determined by the product of the number of unused service units remaining and the payback rate amount. The payback amount credited to the customer is the calculated payback rate or a maximum payback amount, wherever is smaller. A total payback amount can be determined based on a combination of payback amounts for various services, including voice services, texting services, email services, and/or data storage services.07-04-2013
20080299945METHOD FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE TO SELECT A CHARGING SCHEME - A method for a mobile communication device to select a charging scheme is disclosed. The method can be implemented by a mobile communication device connecting to one of a plurality of foreign networks. The mobile communication device builds a connection with a home network through the connected foreign network. The home network sends charging scheme information to the mobile communication device by a communication method and the mobile communication device sends information of a selected charging scheme of a selected foreign network to the home network by the communication method. The mobile communication device then obtains services of the home network with the selected charging scheme through the selected foreign network.12-04-2008
20080299944Charging element capacity control in an IMS network - Systems and methods are disclosed that allow an equipment vendor to monitor and detect overloads of IMS charging element equipment (e.g., the CCF or CDF) relative to certain vendor-specified thresholds and, responsive to detecting overloads, vendors may take action to exercise capacity control and/or collect revenue for the overload conditions.12-04-2008
20080299943APPARATUSES, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR DETERMINING A CHARGE FOR INFORMATIONAL MATERIAL - Provided is an apparatus for determining a charge to an entity associated with informational material disseminated to at least one mobile terminal. The apparatus includes a processing unit that may be configured to obtain respective location data of the mobile terminal during and subsequent to rendering of the informational material at the mobile terminal. A billing unit may be configured to determine a charge to an entity associated with the informational material based at least in part on movement of the at least one mobile terminal subsequent to rendering of the informational material as indicated by the location data. Corresponding methods and computer program products are also provided.12-04-2008
20110045798ROAMING IN TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORKS - A method of providing telecommunication services in next generation networks involves at least one landline terminal (02-24-2011
20120270520Service Reminding Method, Service Reminding System and Communication System - The present invention discloses a service reminding method, a service reminding system and a communication system. The service reminding system includes a schedule inputting module (10-25-2012
20110217948Operation Of A Terminal Which Can Be Used With An Account In A Mobile Network Which Provides Communication Services - A method for operating a terminal which can be used with a credit account with an account statement and/or with a subscriber's account with subsequent rendering of accounts with an account statement and which can be used in a mobile network which provides communication services. The terminal comprises at least one display device for the reproduction of information and at least one input device for the gathering of information. The account statement of the credit account and/or of the subscriber's account will be reproduced by the display device of the terminal at least after having made use of a chargeable communication service. After using a chargeable communication service by the terminal, a device of the mobile network sends a trigger message which contains information with respect to the costs of the used chargeable communication service to a server of the mobile network. The server realizes a push service, and then triggers a push message to the terminal using the information of the trigger message. The push message contains information with respect to the account statement of the credit account and/or of the subscriber's account, by means of a push service of the mobile network.09-08-2011
20120322404Mobile Device Panic Function with Recordability - Devices, systems and methods are disclosed which relate to recording a conversation on a portable communications device. This allows the user to press a panic button or a series of buttons on their portable communications device to begin recording the conversation. This conversation may be stored on a memory of the portable communications device or in a network in communication with the portable communications device. With the conversation recorded, there is a record of what was said during the call. This record may later be used if necessary.12-20-2012
20120322405COMMUNICATION ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A communication assistance system provides access to information corresponding to a plurality of subscriber listings. The system includes a telephone switch for receiving calls from a plurality of callers desiring to access the information corresponding to the subscriber listings and a database directory listing for storing information corresponding to each one of the subscriber listings. The information in the subscriber listings include a Rate Plan field associated with billing rates corresponding to each one of the subscribers such that when the system connects the caller to the subscriber, the system employs the Rate Plan Field to determine the billing amount charged to the caller so that the subscriber is not billed for the call.12-20-2012
20100203863METHOD OF ENABLING OPERATORS TO ALLOW THEIR CUSTOMERS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN CALLING-PARTY-PAYS AND RECEIVING-PARTY-PAYS ON INCOMING CALLS - A system and methods are described which enable cellular operators to implement the Calling Party Pays (“CPP”) approach for roaming charges. Mobile Service Providers are enabled to allow their roaming customers to choose between the CPP approach and the Receiving Party Pays (“RPP”) approach on specific incoming roaming calls. Before a call from an originating caller to a Roaming customer is connected, a party is advised of the charge that he will incur by virtue of the Roaming customer being outside his cellular local network, and is given an opportunity to accept the charge. In addition, roaming customers may determine the charge a specific caller will pay for a call.08-12-2010
20100233994CHARGING METHOD AND SYSTEM - An intelligent charging triggering method is provided. The method includes receiving a subscriber location data update request sent by a serving mobile switching center (MSC), determining whether subscriber data delivered to the serving MSC carries intelligent subscription data of a prepaid subscriber according to a preset intelligent charging triggering policy, and then delivering the subscriber data carrying the intelligent subscription data to the serving MSC if a determination result is that the subscriber data delivered to the serving MSC carries the intelligent subscription data. A home location register (HLR) and a charging processing system are further provided. The technical solutions can realize real-time charging of a calling service of a prepaid subscriber in a BOSS system when the prepaid subscriber roams in a roaming region of a home country, and meanwhile realize an international roaming service of a prepaid subscriber in an intelligent network (IN).09-16-2010
20100233993SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING BILLABLE INFORMATION IN A GROUP COMMUNICATION NETWORK - A method and apparatus for providing security in a group communication network provides for receiving an encryption key, encrypting media for transmission to a controller using the received encryption key, the encrypted media being directed to another communication device, and communicating the encrypted media to the controller. In one embodiment, the communicating includes wireless communication. The method and apparatus further provides for receiving encrypted media from a controller and blocking the encrypted media if the communication device is not enabled to receive encrypted-media transmission, or if the media is not encrypted based on an encryption key previously specified by the communication device. In another aspect, the communication device is a push-to-talk (PTT) device.09-16-2010
20120276869System and Method for Enhanced UAProfile Management - Given the growing number of Wireless Devices, and the increasingly varied characteristics (including for example screen size, color depth support, audio and video support, etc.) that Wireless Device vendors or manufacturers provide within their Wireless Devices, an infrastructure that various entities (such as for example Content Providers, Service Providers, etc.) may use to quickly retrieve a quality-controlled User Agent Profile based just on a Wireless Device's Telephone Number. The infrastructure may optionally leverage the capabilities of a centrally-located Messaging Inter-Carrier Vendor.11-01-2012
20120088469FRONT-END CHARGING SYSTEM THAT GENERATES CHARGING DATA PER ENTITY HAVING A REVENUE SHARE - Charging systems and methods are disclosed for determining the share of call revenue for multiple entities. One embodiment comprises a charging controller that is coupled to a mobile network and an online charging system. The charging controller receives charging data for a call in the mobile network, and processes the charging data and charging rules to identify entities that have a share in revenue for the call. The charging controller generates a charging request message indicating the entities having a revenue share in the call, and transmits the charging request message to the online charging system to cause the online charging system to determine the revenue share for each of the entities.04-12-2012
20120100829System and Method for Providing Advertising on a Device - A display system and method of advertising, includes, in one embodiment, loading a graphic advertisement onto a computer-readable medium of an electronic device. The graphic advertisement is or has a time passage indicator for indicating the passage of time. An idle-time sensor determines an idle-time period in which updated application information is not presented on a display of the device due to, for example, data processing activity by the processor, data transfer activity, congestion or latency in the network, or any other activity that occupies resources in the device to delay or temporally preventing updating of the display. The graphic advertisement is displayed when the device is in the idle-time period, animated to indicate the passage of time, and removed after the idle-time period has ended.04-26-2012
20120329425MULTI-TIERED, USAGE-BASED PRICING SERVICE PLAN - A non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions executable by at least one processor, the instructions to cause the at least one processor to bill a subscriber, enrolled in a multi-tiered pricing plan, a plan fee associated with the multi-tiered pricing plan, for each billing cycle of a plurality of billing cycles, for services associated with a subscriber device; track, for each billing cycle, an amount of usage of the services; determine, for each billing cycle, a pricing tier corresponding to the tracked usage; and bill the subscriber, for each billing cycle, a fee associated with the corresponding pricing tier, wherein at least two of the corresponding pricing tiers differ.12-27-2012
20120329424ADAPTIVE PRICING SERVICE PLAN - A method may include enrolling a subscriber device in an adaptive pricing service plan for providing telecommunication service to the subscriber device; associating, with the telecommunication service, a first pricing scheme including a first number of allotted minutes within a current billing cycle; tracking, for the subscriber device within the current billing cycle, cumulative used minutes of the telecommunication service; determining, using a forecasting model and the cumulative used minutes, prospective minutes usage with respect to the first number of allotted minutes for an entirety of the current billing cycle; generating, based on the prospective minutes usage, a recommendation related to a second pricing scheme including a second number of allotted minutes; and sending, within the current billing cycle, the recommendation to the subscriber device.12-27-2012
20120289188PAYMENT TRANSACTIONS ON MOBILE DEVICE USING MOBILE CARRIER - A user makes a purchase request through a merchant app on a mobile device, such as by selecting an item for purchase. A mobile SDK of a payment provider is installed in the merchant app. The payment request includes the phone number for the mobile device. The payment provider verifies the phone number of the user and requests approval of the payment from a mobile operator providing wireless communication services on the mobile device. If the request is approved, the payment is charged to the user mobile operator account. The user simply taps a button to select an item to purchase and selects another button to confirm the purchase. Once processing is done, the user is notified on the mobile device of a successful payment.11-15-2012
20120135707AUTOMATED BILLING AND DISTRIBUTION PLATFORM FOR APPLICATION PROVIDERS - Systems and methods according to certain embodiments of the invention include integrating a network-enabled application with a platform having a plurality of users and a plurality of communication channels with a respective plurality of wireless network carriers. The systems and methods include providing a developer library for use by developers in creating their network-enabled applications.05-31-2012
20130012162SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING MESSAGE USAGE - A computer implemented method for monitoring message usage on a communication device. An audible message may be outputted on the communication device in replacement of a pre-determined telephone tone. A duration parameter of outputting the audible message in replacement of the pre-determined telephone tone may be determined, and provided to a billing system for determining a compensation parameter.01-10-2013
20130012161MOBILE 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.01-10-2013
20130012159MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS - A mobile data communications system that includes a mobile device having a reconfigurable user identification module that stores a mobile identity and provides mobile data communication via a mobile network, subject to the mobile identity being registered with the mobile network, and an account control server that includes memory to store identification and payment details for a user of the mobile device and a mobile identity provider to provide a mobile identity to the mobile device and to an authorization server of a mobile network. In response to a request by a user of the mobile device to obtain data access by a particular mobile network, the account control server provides a mobile identity to the mobile device for storage by the user identification module, provides the same mobile identity to the authorization server of that mobile network, and provides user identification and payment details to that mobile network.01-10-2013
20130012160MOBILE 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.01-10-2013
20130012158Method and apparatuses for offline selection of pay-per-call advertisers - Methods and apparatuses to connect telephone calls and track information about the telephone calls resulting from advertisements for groups of advertisers. In one embodiment, a method includes: determining a geographic area after receiving a telephone call to a first telephone number publicized in an advertisement; determining a telephone number of a first advertiser; and connecting the telephone call to the telephone number of the first advertiser, the first advertiser billed for the advertisement based on telephonic connections made to connect the first advertiser and telephone calls to the first telephone number.01-10-2013
20120149326Method, System and Device for Implementing Inter-Network Short Message Service Intercommunication in Number Portability Service - A method and system for implementing inter-network SMS interworking in NP service are provided in the present invention. The method includes: before initiating a MT-SMS, if a first SMS Center of GSM network (G1-SMSC) judges that the destination user is not a user of local network, then it delivers a SRI message to an interworking SMSC; the interworking SMSC queries the NPDB in CDMA network for the home network of the destination MDN, and if the home network is a second GSM network, the interworking SMSC sends a SRI message carrying the destination MDN to the HLR in the second GSM network (G2-HLR); and G2-HLR sends a SRI response carrying the address information of the MSC where the destination user is located to G1-SMSC, and the G1-SMSC initiates a MT-SMS to the MSC where the destination user is located according to the address information.06-14-2012
20130017803LOCAL ROAMING CHARGING IN LTE/EPC NETWORKSAANM Li; XiangyangAACI PuDong Jinqiao ShanghaiAACO CNAAGP Li; Xiangyang PuDong Jinqiao Shanghai CNAANM Cai; YigangAACI NapervilleAAST ILAACO USAAGP Cai; Yigang Naperville IL US - Communication networks and methods are disclosed for performing local roaming charging in LTE/EPC networks. A visited On-line Charging System (OCS) in the LTE/EPC network receives a credit request from a network element in a visited network that has been requested to provide a service to a roaming mobile device. In response to the credit request, the visited OCS determines a local rating for the service based on a local tariff defined by the operator of the visited network. The visited OCS grants a quota of service units to the network element based on the local rating, and transmits a credit response to the network element indicating the granted quota.01-17-2013
20110159840CHARGING FOR ROAMING USERS IN IMS NETWORKS - Communication networks and methods are disclosed for sharing charging information between a home IMS network and a visited IMS network. If a signaling message for a session is received in the visited IMS network, the visited IMS network assigns a visited charging identifier (e.g., ICID), and shares the visited charging identifier with the home IMS network through signaling messages. Similarly, the home IMS network assigns a home charging identifier, and shares the home charging identifier with the visited IMS network through signaling messages. When CDRs are generated in the home IMS network and the visited IMS network, the networks include the home charging identifier and the visited charging identifier in the CDRs so that billing systems may more easily correlate the CDRs from the different IMS networks.06-30-2011
20130023233Shared Location - A mobile device including a location sharing application that enables the wireless device to be ‘opted-in’ to disclosing its current location when manually triggered to ‘sell’ that current location. When opting-in, the mobile device with location sharing application may include or be associated with relevant pre-registered or pre-stored profile data provided with that current location opt-in. The ‘opt-in’ nature of the present invention provides a win-win situation for both marketers and wireless device users by ensuring privacy is disclosed only if, when and where the wireless device with location sharing application initiates such disclosure.01-24-2013
20130023231SIM CARD EXPANDER, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR USING SIM CARDS - A SIM card expander includes SIM card connectors for receiving SIM cards, and a control unit. The control unit includes a detecting module to detect whether the SIM card expander is electrically connected to a communication device, an obtaining module to obtain information of the SIM cards received in the SIM card connectors once determining that the SIM card expander is electrically connected to the communication device, a transmitting module to transmit the obtained information of the SIM cards to the communication device, and a power management module to determine which of the SIM card connectors receives a selected SIM card according a feedback signal from the communication device, enable electrical connection of the SIM card connector which receives the selected SIM card and a power source of the communication device, and disable electrical connection of the other SIM card connectors and the power source of the communication device.01-24-2013
20130023232SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE AMOUNT OF DATA BANDWIDTH PROVIDED TO A MOBILE DEVICE - The invention provides a system for adjusting the amount of data bandwidth provided to a mobile device comprising a bandwidth adjustment facilitator arranged to receive a request from the mobile device for adjusting the amount of data bandwidth; a bandwidth throttler in communication with the bandwidth adjustment facilitator; the bandwidth throttler adapted to cap or allocate excess available data bandwidth to the mobile device; wherein on receipt of the request, the bandwidth adjustment facilitator process the request and if the request is successfully processed, adjusts the data bandwidth provided to the mobile device via the bandwidth throttler. The system may further be adapted for billing/charging based on either pay-per-specified-time model or pay per action model.01-24-2013
20080254764ROAMING METHOD WITH CALL ANNOUNCEMENT - A method is disclosed for completing a roaming cellular call between a roaming subscriber and another party. The first step is initiating the roaming call between the roaming subscriber and the another party. The roaming subscriber is provided with a prepaid debit account. The roaming subscriber is then connected to a cellular network when a connection between the subscriber and the another party is to be made such that a call has been built over a calling network. The prepaid debit account of the roaming subscriber is then examined to determine the balance thereof, and then the roaming subscriber is informed of financial information regarding the call connection prior to connecting the roaming subscriber to the another party over the already built call.10-16-2008
20090298462Method and Device for Determining Rating Data for Service Usage in an Electronic Communication network - A charging device and method determines rating data for charging of services in an electronic communications network. A modifier operator (12-03-2009
20080227431DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD, AND CHARGING APPARATUS AND METHOD - In a communication system for serving data corresponding to a request from the user and charging the user for the data served to the user, when the user designates a result of a desired one of a plurality of different operations, a usage management unit selects a one, corresponding to the user's designation, of a plurality of processors which effect operations corresponding to a plurality of different algorithms, respectively. When the processor corresponding to the designation is selected, an algorithm processor makes an operation corresponding to the designation. A management center charges the user for the use of the algorithm.09-18-2008
20110263220Regional Zone Based Mobile Charging - Network node and method in a telecommunication network, the network node receiving from a calling terminal a request to set up a call with a called terminal. The network node retrieves call set up information from a stored connection table and utilizes the retrieved data to set up the call. The connection table comprises data relating to set up of a call between the calling terminal and the called terminal. A first region class for the calling terminal is determined, and a second region class for the called terminal, each being associated with locations of the calling terminal and the called terminal, respectively. Furthermore, a rating category for the call to be set up is determined using the first region class and the second region class using the connection table.10-27-2011
20080220739BILLING A COLLECT CALL TO A CELLULAR TELEPHONE - There is provided a method for billing a collect call to a cellular telephone. The method includes (a) obtaining, from a party at a cellular telephone, consent to pay for a call, and (b) sending to the cellular telephone, a text message that contains an invoice for the call.09-11-2008
20130143523SERVICE DELIVERY CONDITION CHANGE MANAGEMENT - In order to manage a change in conditions of using a service associated with a communication in progress established by a user terminal (TU) within its communications network (RT), a server determines that the user's account does not permit the delivery of the service with a change in the conditions of using a service, after the receipt of a first request derived from a network element, said request comprising an identifier of the service regarding the communication and a parameter defining the change in conditions of using the service, and the server transmits to the network element a response containing a code indicating that the delivery of the service is authorized only with other conditions of using the service, in order for the network element to transmit to the server a second request containing another parameter defining another change in conditions of using the service.06-06-2013
20130178188MODELING BILLING IMPACTS IN DATA SENSITIVE ENVIRONMENTS - Systems and methods generate a data usage plan for a mobile device. A method includes identifying a plurality of data usage requirements for the mobile device. The method includes identifying one or more carrier models for data service costs. The method includes generating cost estimates for a plurality of data usage transactions based on the data usage requirements and one or more carrier models. The method includes generating the data usage plan for the mobile device based on the cost estimates. The data usage plan includes usage parameters for carrier selection by the mobile device.07-11-2013
20130178189METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING SERVICES USING BEARER TAGS - An approach is provided for managing one or more services corresponding to a bearer tag (e.g., near field communication (NFC) tag, radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, contactless card, or barcode). A request to manage a service is initiated by reading service information from a bearer tag corresponding to the one or more services. A services platform initiates management of the one or more services based on the service information according to a predetermined or recurring billing arrangement.07-11-2013
20130171961COMMUNICATION CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A communication control system includes an interface providing network communication and receiving inputs from a user by a portable device; a non-transitory memory storing user information and a preset extension of time; a time unit starting to measure time when prepaid communication fee of the portable device starts to be consumed up; a credit verifying unit, determining if a further prepayment for the portable device has been paid when the extension of time is expired; and a control unit, keeping communication functions of the portable device on for the extension of time when the prepaid communication fee of the portable device starts to be consumed up, and cutting off the communication function of the portable device when the extension of time is expired and the further prepayment for the portable device has not been paid. A communication control method is also provided.07-04-2013
20130137394SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRICAL ENERGY SUPPLY TO PERIPHERAL DEVICES USING PREPAID AIRTIME - This invention relates to an apparatus and method for controlling electrical energy supply to one or more peripheral devices. The apparatus includes a first input operable to receive electrical energy from an electrical energy source and a battery operable to store the received electrical energy. The apparatus further includes at least one output operable to supply electrical energy to at least one peripheral device and an energy management controller operable to control the supply of electrical energy to the at least one peripheral device. The apparatus also includes a communications module operable to detect the purchase of prepaid airtime associated with the apparatus, with the energy management controller activating the peripheral device(s) for as long as there is sufficient airtime and deactivating the peripheral device(s) once the airtime has expired.05-30-2013
20110269421SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC PROVISIONING - A system and method for dynamic provisioning is provided. In an embodiment, a provisioning engine receives data representing a device profile, a device state and a network state, and to the extent that the device profile, device state and network state are not consistent, the engine can dynamically re-provision the device to achieve an alternative provisioning.11-03-2011
20130095786DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SIGNAL SHARING - Among other things, there is disclosed systems, methods and apparatus for sharing and/or expanding the reach of wireless communications signals. For example, where a first communication device is unable to obtain a sufficient communication signal from a transmission source, and a second communication device can obtain a sufficient signal, the second device may be used as a relay between the transmission source and the first device.04-18-2013
20130095787DATA TRANSPORT BUNDLE - A data transport bundle is presented that is a package of wireless data transport created by a mobile communication network provider. The data transport bundle is available for sale by the mobile communication network provider to enterprises that wish to use wireless data transport. The data transport bundle may include the duration, number of allowed transactions, size associated with each allowed transaction and a price associated with the data transport bundle. The mobile communication network provider may configure the data transport bundle so that it may be partitioned into multiple smaller data transport bundles. In addition, the components of the data transport bundle, such as the duration, number of allowed transactions, and size associated with each allowed transaction may be adjustable to satisfy services for which the enterprise purchases the data transport.04-18-2013
20130095784METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENABLING SHARED MOBILE DATA USAGE - Disclosed is a system and method for enabling personalized shared mobile phone usage when accessing data services within a wireless telecommunications network, including an illustrative example application of the invention as it relates to mobile subscribers who cannot afford a mobile phone handset in emerging markets. For instance, a prepaid wireless subscriber can have a personal phone number associated with their own billing account, which can be used to access data services on a wireless network without needing to purchase any hardware, such as a mobile handset or SIM card. Thus, the subscriber may access his account and use data services through a borrowed handset.04-18-2013
20130095785ENTERPRISE MOBILE APPLICATION STORE - A mobile enterprise application store includes downloadable mobile applications and catalogs of the mobile applications. Different sets of applications may be offered to visitors depending on whether they have an account with a particular wireless mobile communication carrier. Different versions of the mobile applications may be stored and provided for visitors that use different carriers, devices, and/or operating systems. Offering or downloading of certain applications may be limited to only those visitors having consent from an enterprise administrator. The store may automatically request this consent and process the response. The mobile application store may only be accessible to employees, agents, representatives, and/or consultants of the enterprise. The store may offer split billing such that charges for some applications are made to the account of the visitor, while charges for other applications are made to the enterprise.04-18-2013
20130115912Telephone System and Method - A telephone system and method for reducing the costs for out of area calls made on a cell phone. The system includes a cell phone, a local telephone number, a land line and an access code and a timer. The system records the telephone number of the cell phone that dials into the system and immediately disconnects the call. The system recalls the cell phone with a message to enter a requested out of area phone number, completes the call over a land line and connects the requested number to the cell phone as an incoming or local call. The cell phone user is then billed for the use of the land line.05-09-2013
20130115911SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING INSTANT COMMERCE BY WAY OF A DATA PATH - An exemplary system includes at least one network device included in a network provider subsystem that provides an access device with access to a content processing subsystem by way of an access network. The network device is configured to receive a data flow from the content provider subsystem and directed to the access device by way of the access network, detect a code snippet embedded in the data flow, modify, based on the code snippet embedded in the data flow, content included in the data flow to activate at least one of an instant offer and an instant payment feature, and forward the modified data flow to the access device, the modified data flow configured to be processed by the access device to present the at least one of the instant offer and the instant payment feature to a user of the access device.05-09-2013
20130102276SPLIT BILLING FOR A MOBILE DEVICE - The claimed subject matter provides a method for split billing. The method includes receiving a requested token. The requested token specifies conditions under which network traffic is allowed to be billed against a third party for content requested from a mobile computing device. The method also includes matching network traffic between the mobile computing device and a content provider to the specified conditions. The method further includes metering the matched network traffic to a billing account for the third party.04-25-2013
20130102278ENHANCED ROAMING SERVICES AND CONVERGED CARRIER NETWORKS WITH DEVICE ASSISTED SERVICES AND A PROXY - A method performed by a network system communicatively coupled to a wireless device by a wireless access network, the network system including a network element corresponding to a network element destination, the method comprising providing at least a portion of a device policy to the wireless device, wherein the device policy is configured to assist in detecting wireless device traffic associated with a service activity, identifying the service activity as being included in a service usage activity classification, and directing or routing the wireless device traffic associated with the service activity over the wireless access network based on information identifying the network element destination; providing a network element policy to the network element corresponding to the network element destination; detecting, at the network element, traffic associated with the wireless device; and applying the network element policy at the network element to the traffic associated with the wireless device.04-25-2013
20130102277Communication Between MME/S4 SGSN and PCRF - This disclosure is directed to a method in a MME node or a S4-SGSN node for dynamic Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) assisted management of network parameters, where the method comprises sending or receiving network related parameters to or from, respectively, a PCRF node through a direct MME/S4-SGSN-PCRF interface. This disclosure is also directed to a MME node and a S4 SGSN node and a PCRF node configured to operatively perform the method.04-25-2013
20090305663KIOSK INITIATED TELEPHONE SERVICE - A user of a mobile device with a subscription on a primary network is able to interact with an automated mobile network account setup kiosk to setup a subscription (temporary or permanent) for access to services (one or more) on the secondary network. The billing system of the primary network is used to bill for services subscribed to by the user on the secondary network. Subscriber information and subscription information from the primary network is selectively used to setup a new subscription for the user on the secondary network. A mobile device, built in accordance with the present invention, is capable of interacting with a mobile network account setup kiosk, in order to configure access to a secondary network selectively employing subscription information from a primary network currently subscribed to by the user.12-10-2009
20100279651PREPAID CHARGING IN COMMUNICATION NETWORK - A method and apparatus for charging against prepaid credit in a communication network. When a first terminal requests establishment of a call to a second terminal, the network ascertains whether prepaid credit is involved. If so, accounting sessions are established between an accounting server and any accounting servers that will raise costs during the call. A session identifier is generated. Once the call is established, charging update data is sent from the accounting clients to the accounting server, where it is collated on the basis of the accounting session identifier, whereby enabling updating of the prepaid credit during the call.11-04-2010
20100279650DISSEMINATION OF BILLING INFORMATION IN A DISTRIBUTED MESSAGING ENVIRONMENT - A messaging system for a wireless network may be constructed using a gateway architecture in which a number of messaging servers are connected to external networks through the gateway. In one implementation, a method implemented in the system may include receiving a message that is communicated as part of a messaging protocol for delivering text or multimedia messages to user devices and altering the message to include a billing identifier describing how the message should be billed. The message may be altered by the gateway and may be transmitted to a messaging server for extraction of the billing information.11-04-2010
20080207164Traffic Shaping of Cellular Service Consumption Through Modification of Consumer Behavior Encouraged by Cell-based Pricing Advantages - Changes in wireless service user behavior are encouraged and produced to shape utilization patterns among cells within a rate plan region by using shaping rules which define potential discounts from a standard charge rate under certain cell-specific utilization conditions, analyzing the shaping rules and utilization statistics of a cell upon service initiation, generating a discount from the standard rate for underutilized cells. The user is notified of these discount opportunities using text messages, icons, or other means. Over time, the users learn that at certain places and times, significant discounts are offered, and thus changes their behavior to take advantage of those discounts, thereby shaping traffic in a manner desired by the service provider.08-28-2008
20110244827FEE CHARGING SYSTEM, FEE CHARGING METHOD, SERVICE SERVER, SERVICE PROVIDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention relates to a billing system, a billing method, a service server, a service providing method, and a storage medium. The billing system according to the present invention allows an end-point terminal to use a service although billing authentication information that the end-point terminal has is not billing authentication information of a currently connected mobile communication terminal, and the billing system comprises: a first end-point terminal connected to a service server via a first mobile communication terminal connected through a first short-range communication network, for using contents by using billing authentication information of a second mobile communication terminal; the first mobile communication terminal connected to the first end-point terminal through the first short-range communication network, connected to the service server through a mobile communication network, and connecting the first end-point terminal that uses the billing authentication information of the second mobile communication terminal to the service server; the second mobile communication terminal connected to the service server through the mobile communication network, for providing the first end-point terminal with its own billing authentication information; the service server connected to the first and second mobile communication terminals through the mobile communication network, for providing the contents to the first end-point terminal that uses the billing authentication information of the second mobile communication terminal; and a billing server for performing a billing process on the second mobile communication terminal if the service server transmits the contents to the first end-point terminal.10-06-2011
20130149994REAL TIME DATA USAGE METERING ON A MOBILE STATION AND RECONCILIATION WITH BILLABLE USAGE MEASURED BY A MOBILE NETWORK - A data meter client on a mobile station meters data usage by one or more applications and communicates with a network element to reconcile the metered data usage with the current data usage as measured in the network. The client determines whether the metered data usage may be out-of-sync. When it is determined that the locally metered amount may be out-of-sync, the client sends to the network element a query requesting an estimate data current usage, as measured in the network, receives a response containing the current estimate data usage, and reconciles data usage information in its local database. The client updates information displayed in a graphical user interface for a user of the mobile station. The network element can send a notification to the mobile station containing the current data usage so that the client can update and display the current data usage measured in the network.06-13-2013
20130149995ADVICE OF PROMOTION FOR USAGE BASED SUBSCRIBERS - Systems and method are described for providing advice of promotion to notify a subscriber about potential promotions that the subscriber would benefit from if he/she changed the context under which he/she plans to use a service. The process begins when a subscriber initiates a request to use the service, e.g. establish a call session. The operator identifies the subscriber by determining whether the subscriber is permitted to use the service, e.g. establish the session, and calculates a charge rate for the service usage, e.g. call session based on a usage plan associated with the subscriber. A rating engine is then invoked to identify a promotion that includes an additional rate that is different from the charge rate determined for the session. The promotion is identified based on parameters associated with the call session by determining which additional rate would apply if at least one of those parameters were modified.06-13-2013
20120276868SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PROCESS DONATIONS - Systems and methods are provided to facilitate donations via mobile communications. In one aspect, a system includes a data storage facility and an interchange having a common format processor and a plurality of converters to interface with a plurality of different controllers of mobile communications. The converters are configured to communicate with the controllers in different formats and with the common format processor in a common format. For a payment to a merchant, the common format processor provides a user interface configured to present charity donation options in response to a phone number being specified in the user interface to identify a fund source. The common format processor uses one of the converters to communicate with a mobile phone at the phone number to confirm the payment to the merchant and a donation to a separate charity organization specified via the user interface.11-01-2012
20120276867SYSTEMS FOR ENABLING SUBSCRIBER MONITORING OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK USAGE AND SERVICE PLANS - Methods, servers and systems for directly accessing and modify charging information maintained within a telecommunications operator's business and operating systems' infrastructure from user equipment. A mobile application server may receive a charging request from a user equipment, identify a relevant charging system based on the received request, send a charging request to the identified charging system for processing, receive a first response message including charging information from the identified charging system, generate a second response message based on the charging information included in the first response message, and send the generated second response message to the user equipment. The received charging request may include various types of information, including information for transferring cost or billing information from a first billing category to a second billing category.11-01-2012
20130122860METHOD FOR PROVIDING A MONITORING OF USAGE NETWORK RESOURCES OF A USER SESSION WITHIN A NETWORK AND A NETWORK DEVICE - A method monitors usage of network resources of a user session within a network. The method includes receiving a first message at a first policy and charging function device, the first message may be sent by a second policy and charging function device and the first message may contain a credit control request (CCR). Moreover, the method sends a second message from the first policy and charging function device to the second policy and charging function device, the second message may contain a credit control answer (CCA). The method may further includes sending a third message from the first policy and charging function device to the second policy and charging function device, the third message may contain monitoring information for non-disabling the monitoring of usage network resources of the user session.05-16-2013
20110275345OFFLINE CHARGING FOR SESSIONS OVER A 3GPP NETWORK AND A WLAN ACCESS NETWORK - Communication networks and methods are disclosed for providing offline charging in a 3GPP network for sessions over a wireless local area network (WLAN) access network. A AAA server in the 3GPP network provides offline charging messages for a session to an offline charging system. If a data flow is established during the session, such as streaming video, then a packet data network gateway provides offline charging messages for the data flow to the offline charging system. The AAA server and the packet data network gateway share charging identifiers so that one or both are able to include the charging identifier for the session and the charging identifier for the data flow in an offline charging message. This allows the offline charging system to effectively correlate CDRs for the session with CDRs for the data flow occurring during the session.11-10-2011
20130137395METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENHANCED DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE USING WIRELESS MESSAGING PROTOCOLS - Directory assistance provides telephone number look up services to callers based on the business or caller name as listed in a telephone directory. In the prior art, directory assistance provides a value-added service to telephone users and an expense that must be charged back to telephone callers or absorbed by telephone carriers. In enhanced directory assistance (EDA) services as described in the disclosure, EDA is further developed to deliver a keyword targeted advertising service to telephone listing owners and advertisers. The present invention provides a method and system to extend EDA services to the wireless messaging systems used by telecommunications operators. The invention further discloses methods to support both one-way and two-way communications on these devices, as well as systems to support the distributed EDA Transaction business model.05-30-2013
20130137393AUTO SELECTION OF MOBILE COMMUNICATION TRANSPORT MODE - Providing for a point-to-point analysis of available transport modes for a mobile device and a target device is described herein. By way of example, the point-to-point analysis can be performed to determine available transport modes for a mobile communication. A target device can be selected on a user interface of the mobile device, for example, by user input selection in a contact registry. In at least one aspect, a result of the point-to-point analysis can indicate presence of the target device on a network, and availability to receive a call or a message from the mobile device. Optionally, charging rates for the mobile device or target device can be displayed on the user interface. In some aspects, a transport mode selection made at the user interface of the mobile device can override an automated selection, providing user control over conventionally background-only services of mobile communications.05-30-2013
20120282894SWITCHING SYSTEM AND CORRESPONDING METHOD FOR UNICAST OR MULTICAST END-TO-END DATA AND/OR MULTIMEDIA STREAM TRANSMISSIONS BETWEEN NETWORK NODES - A method for setting up a data link including requesting an identity of an IP network node by a registration module, transmitting an International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) stored on a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card of the IP network node to the registration module, storing the received IMSI in a user database of the registration module, complementing an IP data channel to form signal and data channels of a GSM network by a signaling gateway module, using the complemented IP data channel as a basis for generating the necessary SS7/MAP functions for authenticating the IP network node, authenticating the IP network node by using the IMSI of the SIM card of the IP network node, receiving an entry in the user database of the registration module upon successful authentication, and setting up a data link to at least some of the network nodes.11-08-2012
20120282893SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO SUGGEST PRICES - Systems and methods are provided to suggest prices for payments to be processed via mobile communications. In one aspect, a system includes a data storage facility and an interchange having a common format processor and a plurality of converters to interface with a plurality of different controllers of mobile communications. The converters are configured to communicate with the controllers in different formats and with the common format processor in a common format. The common format processor is configured to collect funds for processing payments via transmitting premium messages through the converters. The system further includes a network communications interface configured to receive a query from a merchant device identifying at least one attribute of at least one customer. In response, the common format processor determines a set of discrete price points and uses the network communications interface to communicate the set of price points to the merchant device.11-08-2012
20120282892System and a Method for Managing a Subscription for a Data Communications Network - A system for managing a subscription for a data communications network comprises a main device having a data connection to the data communications network under a subscription, at least one other device capable of forming a data connection to the data communications network under said subscription, means for determining a proximity of the main device and the other device with respect to each others, and means for applying a combined subscription charging model for the data connection of the other device when the proximity is verified. The solution also concerns a method for managing a subscription a data communications network.11-08-2012
20120282891GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR MANAGING SUBSCRIBER IDENTITY MODULES - Disclosed is method comprising: storing in a home location register (HLR) at least one subscription record of a mobile device of the plurality of mobile devices, the mobile device having a subscriber identity module (SIM) identified by a currently activated first international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI), the currently activated first IMSI belonging to a set of IMSIs allocated to the system, wherein the provisioning server is operative to: receive a notification that the mobile devices has moved into a first one of the wireless networks; confirm that an allocation rule is satisfied; add and activate a second one of the IMSIs in the set of IMSIs to the HLR and remove the currently activated first IMSI from the HLR; and send the second IMSI to the mobile device to enable the mobile device to communicate wirelessly in the first wireless network as a local device.11-08-2012
20120282890METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF CALL MANAGEMENT - A method implemented in a computer infrastructure includes: determining a current location of a mobile communication device; determining a route of a user associated with the mobile communication device; and determining mobile call rates for the user at locations along the route.11-08-2012
20130157614COMMUNICATION TRACKING AND BILLING SYSTEM - A system for billing communications between a subscriber and a verified professional comprising a verified professional repository and a central tracking system. The central tracking system is configured to receive a communication request targeting the registered device ID, determine an applied billing rate using a value set by the verified professional, and transmit the applied billing rate to the subscriber. The central tracking system is further configured to track the connection, generate a communication data file comprising the registered device ID, the subscriber ID, the applied billing rate, the communication duration, and the billing signal. The central tracking system is further configured to obtain a billable duration by parsing the communication data file using the billing signal and the communication duration, calculate a communication charge using the applied billing rate and billable duration, and pay the verified professional a portion of the communication charge.06-20-2013
20130157615Systems, Methods, and Computer Program Products for Providing Service Credit to Customer Accounts in a Wireless Communications Service Network - Systems, methods, and computer program products use combinations of international mobile equipment identity (IMEI), international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI), and account information to determine if a customer is eligible for service credit in near real-time. The customer needs an active account prior to inserting a subscriber identity module (SIM) into a device and powering on the device for the system to determine credit eligibility. No further customer action is required. The credit application process determines credit eligibility based upon device credit eligibility, account tenure, and/or credit rules, and applies the credit to the customer's account. The customer may be proactively notified when the credit is applied. The credit and tenure rules may be changed as the industry and business needs change to remain competitive in the industry. The SIM used is configured with software to lock the SIM to the device upon first power-on.06-20-2013
20130095788MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, CONTRACT INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, TERMINAL CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTRACT INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD - Billing information based on a prepaid billing system is provided appropriately even when two or more communication sessions cannot be established simultaneously through a packet-switched network. A mobile communication terminal includes a packet communication unit performing mobile communication based on the prepaid billing system through the packet-switched network, an acquisition unit acquiring billing information of the mobile communication terminal from a contract information management server that manages billing information based on the prepaid billing system, through a circuit-switched network, and an output unit outputting the billing information acquired by the acquisition unit. The contract information management system includes a contract information management server including a detection unit detecting communication in the packet-switched network by the mobile communication terminal. When performing detection by the detection unit, the contract information management system transmits the billing information to the mobile communication terminal through the circuit-switched network.04-18-2013
20130122859APPLICATION POD INTEGRATION WITH AUTOMATED MOBILE PHONE BILLING AND DISTRIBUTION PLATFORM - A platform for supporting a network-enabled application is configured to render the network enabled application for a user, via a user interface associated with the user, in accordance with various APIs included in the platform and used by a program developer to develop the network-enabled application. The rendering can included recognizing that the user interface is a mobile user interface and rendering the network-enabled application in a manner appropriate and/or optimal for the mobile user interface.05-16-2013
20110312298SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACHIEVING CALL BACK SERVICE - The present invention relates to a system and method for achieving a Call Back service. The system includes a callback center and an online charging system (OCS) module. The method includes: the callback center receiving a callback request in which a calling party and a called party are both OCS subscribers, using a roaming number to call the calling party/called party, adjusting the charging duration of the firstly called party therein after the conversation is over, and then notifying the OCS module to deduct charges for both parties. The present invention is capable of charging reasonably and displaying the number accurately without any requirement on the cooperation of the pre-charge calling system, and the present invention is suitable to the intelligent network service which uses the OCS and the conventional intelligent network service.12-22-2011
20130189948PAYMENT SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC DATA - A payment method and system are provided for electronic data that is purchased by a recipient (07-25-2013
20130189947Subscriber Portfolio Management System - A subscriber portfolio model is created by forming mutually exclusive and completely exhaustive groups of subscribers in a way that maximizes the intra-group similarity and inter-group dissimilarity of the value of a target attribute among subscribers in the groups. The subscriber groups thus generated are self-descriptive, as the groups are defined by the attributes used to form them. A segmenting algorithm groups subscribers along permutations of attributes. Relevant data about subscribers is collected from various sources, correlated, and subscriber identities removed to ensure privacy. After analyzing the aggregated data, a subscriber portfolio model is built. The subscriber portfolio model is created in an iterative process, where in each step, a selected subscriber group is subdivided into smaller subscriber groups along different value ranges of a statistically decisive attribute that is selected and evaluated based on specific methods. The subdivision is performed by computing filtering conditions based on an in-depth statistical analysis.07-25-2013
20120015628Call Cost Indication Systems And Methods - Systems and method provide a call cost indication indicative of a cost of receiving an incoming call by a mobile phone. A cost indication server receives a cost request from a cost requestor prior to setting up the incoming call and retrieves, based upon the cost request, call cost information associated with the mobile phone from a database. The cost indication server then sends the call cost information to the cost requestor. Call rules determine whether the call is intercepted or allowed to proceed based upon one or both of the call cost information and the identity of an initiator of the incoming call.01-19-2012
20130196621MANAGING NETWORK DATA TRANSFERS IN VIEW OF MULTIPLE DATA USAGE PLANS - Embodiments manage data transfers using a plurality of data usage plans available to a computing device. Each of the data usage plans has data usage statistics representing an amount of network data consumed under the data usage plan. For each data transfer request received from applications executing on the computing device, a service executing on the computing device or in a cloud defines a network data transfer configuration for performing the data transfer request. The network data transfer configuration is defined based on, for example, the data usage plans, the data usage statistics, and the data transfer request to reduce transfer costs and/or provide a particular quality of service (QoS).08-01-2013
20130196623System and Method For Enabling Interactions Between a Policy Decision Point and a Charging System - A system and method for telecommunications operators to enable group based dynamic policy controls for both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers, who are typically not managed in an Online Charging System (OCS), but rather in an Charging System or a Billing System. Examples of policy controls that may be enabled by this invention include tracking spending for post-paid subscribers, managing subscriber usage across fixed-line and mobile networks, and so on. This is achieved by introducing a new component called the Enhanced Charging System (ECS) and creating a new reference point and interface between the Policy Management System and the ECS.08-01-2013
20130196624REAL TIME CORRELATION OF PARALLEL CHARGING EVENTS - A network providing service to an end user may include a first client, a second client and a charging system. A method implemented by the network may include the first client receiving a service event that is destined for an end user and retrieving a first logical clock value from memory, where the first logical clock value specifies a number of service events received at the second client. The first client may increment a second logical clock value based on receipt of the service event and may construct a first time stamp parameter based on the first logical clock value and the second logical clock value. The first client may send a charging request to a charging system, where the charging request includes the first time stamp parameter and where the charging request requests credit authorization associated with providing the service event to the end user.08-01-2013
20130196625MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR MEASURING CHARGEABLE DURATION - A mobile terminal measures the time from when the data communication connection was established up to the disconnection or the time from when the wireless connection was established up to the disconnection as a chargeable duration. The time in which the mobile terminal uses a network resource in a network or the time in which exchange of data was actually carried out is thus measured as the chargeable duration. Since the information relating to the chargeable duration measured in this manner is stored and displayed in the mobile terminal, it is possible for the mobile terminal to recognize the information relating to the chargeable duration without sending an inquiry to the network including a base station.08-01-2013
20130196622UPDATING DYNAMIC DATA USAGE PLANS AND STATISTICS - Embodiments enable data usage plans and data usage statistics to be shared among user computing devices. In some embodiments, a web service receives a schema populated with data describing the data usage plan from a mobile operator. The web service distributes the populated schema to the user computing devices, and subsequently distributes updated portions of the schema as the data usage plan is updated by the mobile operator. The web service may also collect the data usage statistics from the user computing devices and the mobile operator, reconcile any differences, and send synchronization notifications to the user computing devices based on the reconciliation. In some embodiments, users are able to view bandwidth consumption by a plurality of user computing devices sharing the same data usage plan.08-01-2013
20130196620OPERATIONS METHOD FOR PROVIDING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SERVICES - The present invention is directed to an improved operations method for a wireless communication system. The improved business method, operations method, network and system of the present invention includes the steps of delivering cellular services to the mass market, reducing peak capacity, increasing overall capacity utilization, improving capital utilization, providing an “all-you-can-eat” pricing model, and designing capacity based upon where the users live, work, and play.08-01-2013
20130196619SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPAID MULTIPLE SERVICES CARDS - The present invention relates to a method and system for allowing a user to access multiple services by providing an access code having a monetary balance associated therewith. A first monetary amount, which is not greater than the monetary balance of the access code, is assigned to a first account balance associated with the access code and usable only in conjunction with a first service. A second monetary amount, which is not greater than the monetary balance of the access code, is assigned to a second account balance associated with the access code and usable only in conjunction with a second service, which is different from the first service. In this manner, the access code can be used by the user to redeem the monetary balance in conjunction with both the first service and the second service.08-01-2013
20120046011System and Method for Providing Prepaid Billing For Instant Messaging Users - A system and method for providing prepaid billing for users of an instant messaging system. A method includes determining whether a prepaid account balance associated with an IM client request satisfies a pre-determined criteria, establishing a regular IM session if the prepaid account satisfies the criteria, and establishing a limited IM session if the prepaid account does not satisfy the criteria. The system includes a prepaid account screener operable to determine whether a prepaid account balance satisfies the criteria, establish a regular IM session if the prepaid account satisfies the criteria, and establish a limited IM session if the prepaid account does not satisfy the criteria.02-23-2012
20130203378SUBSCRIPTION AND CHARGING CONTROL FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PROXIMATE DEVICES - A method and system for facilitating a controlled wireless communication relationship between a first device and a second device is provided. The wireless communication relationship is established at least in part via a portion of licensed radio spectrum. A remote validation server is contacted to obtain a validated authorization to use the portion of licensed radio spectrum for radio communication. Proof of the authorization between the first device and the second device is communicated. The first device and the second device subsequently enter into an authorized wireless communication relationship.08-08-2013
20120077459CONTROLLING AND ENHANCING HANDOFF BETWEEN WIRELESS ACCESS POINTS - A wireless device includes at least one processor operable to transmit authentication information to one of a plurality network devices associated with a first wireless hotspot; and establish an access session with the one of the plurality of access devices. Information related to the access session is saved in memory accessible by a plurality of wireless access providers. When the wireless device moves from a coverage area of the first wireless hotspot to a coverage area of the one of the plurality of wireless access providers, the saved information facilitates access to the one of the plurality of wireless access providers by the wireless device. The plurality of network devices includes a plurality of access points. The access session is established upon authentication of the wireless device. The wireless device is authenticated based on the authentication information. The memory comprises a shared memory register.03-29-2012
20120302204Telecom Information Management System - The disclosed Telecom Information Management System (TIMS) integrates Mobile Expense Management (MEM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions with Telecom Expense Management (TEM) solutions in a single software platform, which can be delivered to enterprises as software-as-a-service (SaaS). TIMS can initiate over-the-air (OTA) enrollment of mobile devices, including installing provisioning profiles, applications, email server settings, feature restrictions, communication settings and other parameters. Configuration parameters can be added into software applications before they are delivered to a mobile device. The configurations can be updated after the applications are installed on the mobile device. TIMS can remotely disable applications or certain functionality of applications on mobile devices. The software applications delivered to the mobile devices can facilitate MEM and MDM by leveraging device capabilities.11-29-2012
20120088471CALL LIST TRANSMISSION PROCESSING METHOD AND SYSTEM OF CHARGING SYSTEM - A method and a system for processing call detail record transmission in a charging system. The method includes: a service processing node detecting a load status of a transmission link after receiving a call detail record generated by a service program, if the transmission link is idle is detected, sending the received call detail record to a charging server; or else storing the received call detail record in a first storage area in the service processing node as a stocked call detail record file; and the charging server detecting a load status of a call detail record processing module after receiving the call detail record sent by the service processing node, if the call detail record processing module is not idle is detected, storing the received call detail record in a second storage area in the charging server as a stocked call detail record file.04-12-2012
20130210381APPARATUS AND ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A computerized method manages prepaid fees of a communication device having a first prepaid account. The first prepaid account is bound with one or more second prepaid accounts of one or more third-party terminals. Residual prepaid fees of the first prepaid account, and whether the prepaid fees of the first prepaid account are less than a predetermined value is determined. When the residual prepaid fees of the first prepaid account are less than the predetermined value, one of the second prepaid accounts is determined as a fee transferring account. A request message is sent to a communication server to request transferring a predetermined amount of prepaid fees from the fee transferring account to the first prepaid account of the communication device.08-15-2013
20130210380METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR BILLING COMMUNICATION - A method, implemented at least in part by a computing device, that can be used to bill a communication. The method includes terminating a teleservice request at an intermediary node, wherein the teleservice request is associated with a sender and a recipient; receiving teleservice content transmitted by the sender, wherein the teleservice content is received at no charge to the sender; receiving a request transmitted by the recipient to access the teleservice content, wherein receiving the request includes charging a fee; and sending the teleservice content to the recipient.08-15-2013
20130210383VARIABLE BILLING OF MMS MESSAGES IN WIRELESS NETWORK COMMUNICATION SYSTEM BASED ON MESSAGE FORMATION APPLICATION - A wireless mobile communication device may include a transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit MMS messages over a wireless network communication system. The device may also include a plurality of user applications. Each user application may be of a different type and configured to generate content for an MMS message based on input to the wireless mobile communication device. The mobile communication device may include an MMS client configured to generate MMS messages based on content supplied by the user applications. The MMS client may be configured to generate a value for a field of information within each MMS message that is indicative of the type of user application which supplies content for the MMS message. The value may be different for each different type of user application.08-15-2013

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