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iDEN SUBSCRIBER AIRTIME USAGE MINDER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007914D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Darin Minter: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When using an iDEN subscriber, it is not feasi- ble to keep track of total airtime used vs. a specific airtime rate over the course of a billing period, thereby making it difficult to budget subscriber use on an individual basis. If, for example, a subscrib- ing customer has a billing package of 200 minutes peak and 100 minutes off-peak airtime for a prespecitied, fixed monthly charge, there is no relia- ble way to keep track of accumulated elapsed airtime usage when approaching those values.

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Technical Developments

iDEN SUBSCRIBER AIRTIME USAGE MINDER

by Darin Minter and Tony Belkin

before going over the package limit. They would maintain synchronization every time the subscriber reads in Broadcast Control Channel data, which is typically every ten seconds, depending on what mode the subscriber is in.

OPPORTUNITY

  When using an iDEN subscriber, it is not feasi- ble to keep track of total airtime used vs. a specific airtime rate over the course of a billing period, thereby making it difficult to budget subscriber use on an individual basis. If, for example, a subscrib- ing customer has a billing package of 200 minutes peak and 100 minutes off-peak airtime for a prespecitied, fixed monthly charge, there is no relia- ble way to keep track of accumulated elapsed airtime usage when approaching those values.

  Even though the iDEN subscriber displays the elapsed time of total call length after the end of each interconnect call, this feature is not cumulative, so the user cannot estimate total time used against his/her monthly call package without some level of tedious .manual record keeping and associated computations.

OPERATION

  Each timer would have a user entered compari- son set-point (call package maximum time for peak and off-peak) that would operate independent ofthe other. The user could then request a time-usage update; the subscriber would check the Broadcast Control Channel data to get a timestamp for use in the computations against the set-points so...