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A METHOD FOR NOTIFYING PAGING SUBSCRIBERS OF CALL COUNT BARRING STATUS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009486D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 114K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

James Lacey: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Call count barring is not a new feature to the paging industry. It has existed across several differ- ent paging infrastructure platforms with slight varia- tions in implementation for many years. This fea- ture allows a paging carrier or system operator to limit the number of messages a subscriber may receive during a given time period (i.e. daily, week- ly or monthly page limits). Once the allotted limit has been reached, all attempts to page the subscriber are blocked until the call count period expires and the subscriber's call count limit is reset by the sys- tem operator.

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A METHOD FOR NOTIFYING PAGING SUBSCRIBERS

OF CALL COUNT BARRING STATUS

by James Lacey, Kris Olson and Tony Pallas

  Call count barring is not a new feature to the paging industry. It has existed across several differ- ent paging infrastructure platforms with slight varia- tions in implementation for many years. This fea- ture allows a paging carrier or system operator to limit the number of messages a subscriber may receive during a given time period (i.e. daily, week- ly or monthly page limits). Once the allotted limit has been reached, all attempts to page the subscriber are blocked until the call count period expires and the subscriber's call count limit is reset by the sys- tem operator.

  The traditional problem with call count barring is that a subscriber has no knowledge of how many pages they have left before their service is abruptly interrupted (see Figure 1 on next page). This creates a lost opportunity for the paging carrier to collect revenue as well as for the subscriber to receive mes- sages. To overcome this problem, the concept of the call count notification page has been developed.

   The call count notification page provides a mechanism for paging carriers to notify their sub- scribers with timely call count status information. As illustrated in Figure 2, the call count notification page may be configured for various threshold levels. The content of the page may be configured to indi- cate the current status of a subscriber's account (i.e. the number of pages remaining before service inter- ruption occurs).

  The benefits of supporting this functionality are wide-sweeping for both the carrier as well as their subscribers. By informing subscribers (via notifica- tion pages) and enabling them to make timely, proactive decisions, subscribers gain control over their service while the carrier realizes increased rev- enue opportunities, maximizing system usage and return on investment.

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