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Method and System for Providing Group Deals to Users Based on Location Proximity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000230842D
Publication Date: 2013-Sep-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 15K

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Abstract

A method and system for providing group deals to users based on location proximity is disclosed. The method and system enables a mobile phone to track information such as location of a user and items to be purchased by the user and thereafter provides deals to the user based on the tracked information.

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Method and System for Providing Group Deals to Users Based on Location Proximity

Disclosed is a method and system for providing group deals to users based on the users' location proximity. The method and system provides a downloadable application for mobile phones. A user downloads the application on a mobile phone and enters a

list of items for purchase. Thereafter, the user utilizes the application to share the user's Global Positioning System (GPS) location with online deal websites such as, but not limited to, Groupon* and Living Social**. The online deal websites then compare location information of a plurality of users and identifies a group of users wherein each user of the group is close to a common location. Thereafter, the online deal websites determine whether one or more dealers or stores in the common location are interested to provide a group deal to the group of users. If a dealer is interested in offering the group deal for a specific time period, then an alert about the deal and its availability period is sent to each user of the group on the corresponding user's mobile phone. Each user then decides whether to avail the group deal by indicating the user's intent through his/her mobile devices. In addition, the application enables GPS of the mobile phone to display the number of users approaching the dealer for availing the group deal.

In an exemplary scenario, the application is utilized in a shopping mall wherein many users gather around a comm...