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TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE USAGE MONITOR WITH PROGRAMMABLE AUTOMATIC RESET

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009899D
Original Publication Date: 2000-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Sep-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 104K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Matt Morriss: AUTHOR

Abstract

What is needed for the user of a text messaging device to monitor service usage is a counter which will measure the number of characters received or sent during a given billing cycle. This is very much like the user-resettable timer used in wireless telephones for the same purpose, but the primary difference is that the counter will automatically reset periodically at a user-defined time.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE USAGE MONITOR WITH PROGRAMMABLE AUTOMATIC RESET

by Matt Morriss

INTRODUCTION

Currently, telecommunication services such as paging and cellular/wireless telephone are typically billed based on usage-number of characters received or sent in a billing cycle, in the case of paging, or number of minutes connected for cellular service. However, for paging devices, there is no easy method for the user of the paging service to track how much service has been used in the current billing cycle; this can make it difficult to budget usage. Most wireless telephones do have a userresettable usage counter which can be used to monitor the number of minutes that the user has been connected, but this is only effective if the user remembers to reset the counter at the beginning of each billing cycle.

The following describes a method to allow the user of a character-based text messaging device to monitor the amount of service used in the present billing cycle, with a feature to automatically reset the counter at the end of the billing cycle that could also be used for the usage counters found in most wireless telephones.

DESCRIPTION

What is needed for the user of a text messaging device to monitor service usage is a counter which will measure the number of characters received or sent during a given billing cycle. This is very much like the user-resettable timer used in wireless telephones for the same purpose, but the primary difference is that the counter will automatically reset periodically at a user-defined time.

This is an enhancement that may also be incorporated into the usage timers used on wireless telephones. This timer should have two possible modes of operation-a monthly cycle, which would reset the

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monitor on the same day of each month, and a daily counter which would reset the monitor every n days, where n is defined by the user. The first mode is for users who are billed on a monthly cycle; the second can be used by people who are billed on a weekly or bi~weekly cycle. This timer would utilize the clock and date functions that are already standard on most telecommunication devices. If the device also contains a day-of-week feature, the weekly timer could be simplified to reset each week on a particular day.

Once the timer has been synchronized with the service provider billing cycle, the device will keep track of the amount of service used in each cycle with no intervention by the user.

In order to...