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Alternative Acces Point Name Delivery Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131888D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 15K

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Abstract

The existing approach to Access Point Name (APN) management in a mobile device is to to use the same APN. While most network carriers have been willing to make such an arrangement, there are some exceptions. In this case, the APN is actually used to separate different data pricing plans for device services.

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APN DELIVERY METHOD

Alternative Acces Point Name Delivery Method

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The existing approach to Access Point Name (APN) management in a mobile device is to to use the same APN. While most network carriers have been willing to make such an arrangement, there are some exceptions. In this case, the APN is actually used to separate different data pricing plans for device services.

In addition, besides the data plans (regardless of the name), carriers also offer other forms of data plans on other APNs. This wouldn't be a problem, except for the fact that the vast majority of mobile devices are unable to maintain a connection to multiple APNs simultaneously. When two or more "always-on" services are active on one device, for example two different messaging services, the user has to manually switch from one program to the other, since they depend on different APN connections. This is very cumbersome for the user, so some carriers are starting to consider the "universal APN" approach. That is, all data services will be offered on one APN, and the user will be charged either a single fee for all services or based on how much traffic of each type they generate. The latter approach is commonly referred to as "coloured packets". The ultimate problem is that there will have to be a different software build for every carrier (significant cost to the developers), and that it will not be possible for the user to change SIMs when roaming (significant cost/inconvenience for cu...