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Bill Sharing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016704D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-09
Document File: 3 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Eamon O’Dwyer: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This paper explains how bill sharing can be used to create a more flexible billing system for the customer, encouraging more use of mobile phone networks.

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By Eamon O’Dwyer, Charlie McCarthy, Randal Hurley

Abstract

This paper explains how bill sharing can be used to create a more flexible billing system for the customer, encouraging more use of mobile phone networks.

Introduction

At the moment, there are quite a few different billing methods in operation - Reverse charges, freephone numbers, per-packet charging, and conventional billing.
These billing methods are all relatively inflexible, as the user can configure none of them.

Problems To Be Solved

Existing billing options are too rigid. Currently, the only options (roaming excluded) available to a mobile phone user are:

  • full payment by caller
  • reverse billing on a call by call basis
  • 1800 numbers (permanent reverse billing)

Proposed Solution to the Problems

The solution being proposed here is to allow two parties to agree on a bill sharing scheme.

This can be either partial or full.

How this Solves the Problems

This idea solves this problem by providing users with a flexible billing system.

Bill sharing will promote more use of phone networks, thus generating more revenue for the operator.
For example, the parents of a child with a mobile phone could arrange that they pay for all calls to home.
Businesses could arrange that they pay for the first minute of all incoming customer calls.
Two people could agree that billing for all calls between them will be split.

Implementing this System

The modify call which is made from party1, can be done in three ways

 

  1. SMS Mes...